JUMPSTART : Speaking in Tongues 2013 – Register Now

JUMPSTART 2013 is back with ‘Speaking in Tongues’. We are also happy to announce that Pratham Books is also collaborating with German Book Office New Delhi’s JUMPSTART: Speaking in Tongues 2013 as a Knowledge Partner. JUMPSTART will be held on 29th and 30th August, 2013

Our popular two-day festival for everyone involved in the world of children’s books returns this year to focus on language.
  • In this land of many tongues, is linguistic diversity a challenge or a gift?
  • Is language a bridge or a wall?
  • What are the special challenges of translating children’s books?
  • What goes into a successful bi-lingual or multilingual book?
  • Can picture books do away with language altogether?
  • Mimbuwawa pish-pash or in other words – is nonsense a language too?
Come join us for a bracing dip into the ocean of language, with inspiring, presentations, discussions, workshops and masterclasses led by experts in the field of children’s books from across India and the world, and a chance to meet key players in the industry face to face.

View the schedule and register for this year’s festival.


Pratham Books will also be hosting a panel discussion : ‘What is your Bhasha? What is your Language?’ on 30th August.

How do we deepen our understanding of learning of languages among children and what is the place of literature in that Authors, illustrators, text- book writers, teachers would have thoughts to share.
We hope to have a panel of speakers who have experiences to share about the teaching and learning of different languages and its impact on learning as a whole. Authors will share experiences on why they choose to write in a particular language and their own experiments with it. All these are important questions and issues.
They are important for educationists, teachers of language and publishers.
They are just as important for us as a society. After all, bhasha – language defines us in indefinable ways.

Entry is free on
a first come first serve basis.
To register contact:
[email protected].


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