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Pratham Books is a nonpro?t publisher introducing children to the joy of reading.

Every second child in India cannot read at her grade level.1

This immense reading deficit comes from a variety of reasons, an important one being the dearth of reading material beyond textbooks in school. Without easy access to books in their mother tongue languages, children struggle to learn to read and practise their reading skills.

Since 2004, we have been creating engaging storybooks in multiple languages and formats to help children discover the joy of reading – in languages they can understand, set in locations they can recognise, featuring characters with whom they can identify, and telling stories that capture their attention and fuel their imagination.

Our books delight and enchant children, taking them on adventures and introducing them to new worlds.

Every second child in India cannot read at her grade level.

This immense reading deficit comes from a variety of reasons, an important one being the dearth of reading material beyond textbooks in school. Without easy access to books in their mother tongue languages, children struggle to learn to read and practise their reading skills.

Since 2004, we have been creating engaging storybooks in multiple languages and formats to help children discover the joy of reading – in languages they can understand, set in locations they can recognise, featuring characters with whom they can identify, and telling stories that capture their attention and fuel their imagination.

Our books delight and enchant children, taking them on adventures and introducing them to new worlds.

Our mission is to see ‘a book in every child’s hand’. And here’s how you can help us do that.

Our Values and Operating Principles

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Joy

– Infuse the joy of reading everywhere, anywhere and for everyone
– Create a safe and vibrant space that inspires creativity, encourages learning, and sparks innovation

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Inclusion

– Celebrate diversity across all dimensions of our work
Enable an open and collaborative culture that fosters belonging and ownership
– Foster deep listening for meaningful partnerships and collaboration

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Empowerment

– Promote empathy across all stakeholders and inspire them to become changemakers
– Foster agency and amplify all voices

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Integrity

– Promote an ethical, transparent and accountable culture that upholds our mission and dignity of all our work

 

Get to know us

Learn more about the Board of Trustees.

Suzanne Singh
CHAIRPERSON

Suzanne is the Chairperson of Pratham Books. She moved to the development sector in 2003 after gaining 14 years of marketing and communications experience in the corporate sector. Deeply interested in issues of equity and access to quality education, Suzanne has been involved with Pratham Books since its inception in 2004 and became the Managing Trustee of the organisation in 2010. She has been the Chairperson of Pratham Books since 2014 and through technology and innovation, is enabling the organisation to further its mission of ‘a book in every child’s hand’. She also serves as a Trustee of Akshara Foundation.

R. Sriram
MANAGING TRUSTEE

Sriram is the Managing Trustee of Pratham Books. He was the co-founder of Crossword, a pioneering modern retail venture and helped build it into India’s leading book store chain. He currently works with a range of enterprises, across sectors and stages, to help them create, deliver and capture value. An avid bird photographer, Sriram serves on the boards of several nonprofit and for-profit organisations.

Ashok Kamath
TRUSTEE

Ashok is the co-founder and Trustee of Pratham Books. A former Managing Director at Analog Devices (India), he left a successful corporate life to contribute to the development sector. In 2013, his alma mater, IIT-Bombay, honoured him with the Distinguished Alumnus Award for his rich contributions to the field of children’s education. He is currently the Chairman of Akshara Foundation.

Rekha M. Menon
TRUSTEE

Rekha is the co-founder and Trustee of Pratham Books. She is the Chairman and Senior Managing Director of Accenture in India; and is responsible for building its business, strengthening its position in its communities, and enhancing its profile in India. She is also a Trustee of Akshara Foundation and actively contributes to many other nonprofits. A gold medallist from the XLRI School of Business, she also serves on the Board of Governors at XLRI.

Prof. M.S. Sriram
TRUSTEE

Prof. Sriram is a faculty member at the Centre for Public Policy, IIM Bengaluru. He is also a Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for Development of Research in Banking Technology set up by the RBI. A co-author of ‘Beyond Micro-credit’ and two other books on Flow of Credit to Small and Marginal Farmers, he has also published several works of fiction in Kannada. He is now on the board of NDDB Dairy Services, Institute of Rural Management, Anand and Centre for Budget and Policy Studies. He is a Trustee of Dastkar Andhra and Sanket Trust that runs Rangashankara in Bengaluru.

Srikanth Nadhamuni
TRUSTEE

Srikanth is a technologist and entrepreneur with over two decades of experience in chip design, internet technologies and e-Governance. Post his Masters in the U.S., he spent 14 years with several global companies in Silicon Valley. Srikanth was Head of Technology for the AADHAAR project and is currently the Managing Trustee of the eGovernments Foundations. He also holds the position of Chief Executive Officer, Khosla Labs.

Pervin Varma
Trustee

Pervin started her career in advertising before moving to CRY (Child Rights and You) in Mumbai in 1990. She worked with CRY in various capacities until she took over as CEO in 1998, a role she held until she left CRY in 2004. Since then, she has been a consultant in the development sector. Pervin has worked with the Tata Institute for Social Sciences in Mumbai on a leadership development project. She also serves as a Trustee on the boards of CRY, Citizens for Peace (CFP), and Dream a Dream.

Harit Nagpal
TRUSTEE

Harit Nagpal is the Managing Director and CEO of Tata Sky Ltd., since 2010. Harit followed his graduation in Chemical Engineering with an MBA from FMS at Delhi which he completed in 1985. Over 3 and a half decades, his experience has straddled equally between packaged goods and services through his tenures with Lakme, Marico, Pepsi, Shoppers Stop, Vodafone and now Tata Sky.

Suzanne Singh

CHAIRPERSON

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Suzanne is the Chairperson of Pratham Books. She moved to the development sector in 2003 after gaining 14 years of marketing and communications experience in the corporate sector. Deeply interested in issues of equity and access to quality education, Suzanne has been involved with Pratham Books since its inception in 2004 and became the Managing Trustee of the organisation in 2010. She has been the Chairperson of Pratham Books since 2014 and through technology and innovation, is enabling the organisation to further its mission of ‘a book in every child’s hand’. She also serves as a Trustee of Akshara Foundation.

R. Sriram

MANAGING TRUSTEE

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Sriram is the Managing Trustee of Pratham Books. He was the co-founder of Crossword, a pioneering modern retail venture and helped build it into India’s leading book store chain. He currently works with a range of enterprises, across sectors and stages, to help them create, deliver and capture value. An avid bird photographer, Sriram serves on the boards of several nonprofit and for-profit organisations.

Ashok Kamath

TRUSTEE

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Ashok is the co-founder and Trustee of Pratham Books. A former Managing Director at Analog Devices (India), he left a successful corporate life to contribute to the development sector. In 2013, his alma mater, IIT-Bombay, honoured him with the Distinguished Alumnus Award for his rich contributions to the field of children’s education. He is currently the Chairman of Akshara Foundation.

Rekha M. Menon

TRUSTEE

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Rekha is the co-founder and Trustee of Pratham Books. She is the Chairman and Senior Managing Director of Accenture in India; and is responsible for building its business, strengthening its position in its communities, and enhancing its profile in India. She is also a Trustee of Akshara Foundation and actively contributes to many other nonprofits. A gold medallist from the XLRI School of Business, she also serves on the Board of Governors at XLRI.

Prof. M.S. Sriram

TRUSTEE

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Prof. Sriram is a faculty member at the Centre for Public Policy, IIM Bengaluru. He is also a Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for Development of Research in Banking Technology set up by the RBI. A co-author of ‘Beyond Micro-credit’ and two other books on Flow of Credit to Small and Marginal Farmers, he has also published several works of fiction in Kannada. He is now on the board of NDDB Dairy Services?, Institute of Rural Management, Anand? and Centre for Budget and Policy Studies. He is a Trustee of Dastkar Andhra? and Sanket Trust that runs Rangashankara in Bengaluru.?

Srikanth Nadhamuni

TRUSTEE

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Srikanth is a technologist and entrepreneur with over two decades of experience in chip design, internet technologies and e-Governance. Post his Masters in the U.S., he spent 14 years with several global companies in Silicon Valley. Srikanth was Head of Technology for the AADHAAR project and is currently the Managing Trustee of the eGovernments Foundations. He also holds the position of Chief Executive Officer, Khosla Labs.

Pervin Varma

TRUSTEE

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Pervin started her career in advertising before moving to CRY (Child Rights and You) in Mumbai in 1990. She worked with CRY in various capacities until she took over as CEO in 1998, a role she held until she left CRY in 2004. Since then, she has been a consultant in the development sector. Pervin has worked with the Tata Institute for Social Sciences in Mumbai on a leadership development project. She also serves as a Trustee on the boards of CRY, Citizens for Peace (CFP), and Dream a Dream.

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Harit Nagpal

TRUSTEE

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Harit Nagpal is the Managing Director and CEO of Tata Sky Ltd., since 2010. Harit followed his graduation in Chemical Engineering with an MBA from FMS at Delhi which he completed in 1985. Over 3 and a half decades, his experience has straddled equally between packaged goods and services through his tenures with Lakme, Marico, Pepsi, Shoppers Stop, Vodafone and now Tata Sky.

Read our latest Annual Report (2019-2020)

We have been lucky enough to receive generous support from foundations, corporations, organisations and individuals.

DONORS

We are deeply grateful for those who have partnered with us and supported our many initiatives to spread the joy of reading to millions of children across India. A big thank you to the following organisations and people who have helped make this possible.

FY 2015-16 – Present

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Aon

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Azim Premji University

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Central Square Foundation

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Charities Aid Foundation

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Cisco

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Cognizant Foundation

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Fortis Foundation

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Google

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HDFC

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Henkel

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Humane Society International

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Jasmin Infotech

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Kalike

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Mahindra Susten

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MG Motors

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NASSCOM Social Innovation Forum

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PANI Foundation

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Tata Trusts

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Tides Foundation

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UNICEF

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UK Online Giving Foundation

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United Way Bengaluru

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Vodafone Foundation

If you would like to partner with us in our efforts to build a Reading India, please write in to grants@prathambooks.org