Hello! It’s that time of year when we start gearing up for One Day, One Story 2019 – this year, it’s on Sunday, September 8, so please save the date!
Every year, Pratham Books celebrates International Literacy Day with story reading sessions for children across India. Last year, our legendary tribe of 5000+ Reading Champions conducted 5500+ storytelling sessions in 25 Indian languages in 23 Indian states, 4 Union Territories, and 7 other countries. They took Cheekoo’s story – A Cloud of Trash – to thousands of children! Will you help us spread the joy of reading among children? Then sign up to be a Champion!
Why One Day, One Story?
To help children discover the joy of stories, and fall in love with reading. On September 8, Pratham Books Champions all over India will use one book to conduct reading sessions for children in their communities. All sessions are conducted free of cost, and focus on children from under-served communities.
What’s the story?
Earlier this year, we reached out to Champions for feedback, and one of the most common issues they have faced is age-appropriateness, i.e., how do you make the book enjoyable for young readers as well as older ones. So this year, we’re making it Double The Fun! by offering up two titles from which Champions can choose, depending on their audiences: Gappu Can’t Dance is a Level 1 book written by Menaka Raman and illustrated by Krishna Chandan for younger kids, while The Weightlifting Princess is a Level 3 book written by Sowmya Rajendran and illustrated by Debasmita Dasgupta for older kids. Whichever storybook you choose, we would love for you to use it in creative ways – read, narrate, enact… it’s your session to conduct.
Sounds interesting? Mark your calendar for September 8, and join thousands of other Champions sharing their love for reading with the children who need it the most.
*Registrations to receive a hard copy of the book end on August 31, but we’ll be happy to mail you an e-copy!
How do you become a Champion?
You sign up! We’ll send you a copy of the book in the language of your choice, and a banner. You are free to choose the place and time you want to conduct the session. You can also conduct other activities that you think may go with the theme of the book.
After the session, please send us a short write-up with some photos from the event so that we can feature it here.
For logistical reasons, we will not be able to ship books to international destinations, but we will share an e-copy instead.
There are a limited number of printed books available, so if we run out of books by the time you register, we will send you an e-copy of the book.
If you have any queries, please mail champions(at)prathambooks(dot)org BEFORE you fill in the form.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Will the book be sent for free or will I have to pay for it?
The book will be sent to you for free (till stocks last).
2. Do I have to find the venue?
Yes. Identify places where you can conduct this event in your city – a government school, an NGO, a library, a bookstore, a park, a train, your building… any place where regular children visit. Approach the organisation and explain the concept to them. Most of them will be happy to host you.
3. This is the first time I am conducting an event. How should I prepare for it?
Read the book a few times. If you are reading to a younger age group, see how you can tell the story without actually reading from the book (to retain their attention). Think of activities to engage the children after the storytelling. Alternatively, read a few more stories around the same theme.
4. Can I conduct multiple events?
Oh, yes, you can! The aim is to reach as many kids as possible. We’ve had several Champions conduct 2-3 sessions on the main day, and then go on to conduct sessions on a following day, if it’s a weekend.
5. Should I document the event?
We expect all our Champions to send us some documentation about the event conducted by them. You can send us videos, pictures, a write-up – just share with us the “real impact” you’ve helped make.
6. I really want to conduct a session but I am not free on September 8? What should I do?
The aim of One Day, One Story is to spread the joy of stories. Most people conduct the session on the chosen date. But just in case you are unable to, you can still conduct it on a day close to the chosen date. Because children getting to listen to a story is much more important than a date, right?