One Day, One Story 2023

One Day, One Story is back! 

International Literacy Day is one of the most exciting days in the Pratham Books calendar and this year we are stoked to bring back our annual storytelling campaign. 

In 2022 we brought back the original format of the campaign after two years of conducting it virtually and your terrific response and enthusiasm bowled us over. You set a record for the highest number of sign-ups in the 10-year history of the campaign! Over 30,000 Reading Champions conducted 12,900+ storytelling sessions over the course of a month, sharing the joy of reading with around 2 lakh children. Storytelling is a powerful activity that can open up new worlds for children and our Reading Champions are at the forefront of the mission we’re driving to put ‘a book in every child’s hand’.

Register to become a Reading Champion today!

Register to become a Reading Champion today!

Individuals sign up form: https://bit.ly/onedayonestory2023-signup-individuals

Organisations sign up form: https://bit.ly/onedayonestory2023-sign-up-organisations

The two storybooks selected for One Day, One Story this year are:

Hello, Sun! by Rajiv Eipe for younger kids aged 3-8 years.

Hakeem’s Hiccups written by Sadaf Siddique and illustrated by Studio Babakiki for older children aged 8-12 years.

You can choose either or both of the books, available in several languages. If you are based in India, we can send you limited copies of the print books available in English, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi and Tamil.

You are free to choose the place and time you want to conduct the session, any time all through the month of September. You can also conduct other activities that you think may go with the theme of the book.

After your One Day, One Story storytelling session, send us a short write-up or send us some photos from the event and we will feature it on social media.

But wait! There’s more!

Additional digital resources, including activity sheets, printable versions of the stories, frequently asked questions and more, for One Day One Story will go live on Pratham Books’ StoryWeaver’s page for continued reading advocacy on 31st August 2023!

Please note: 

  • For logistical reasons, we cannot ship books to international destinations, but we will share the PDF of the book with international registrants.
  • There are limited numbers of print books available. If we run out of books by the time you register, you can download an e-copy of the book here. Both storybooks are now available in multiple languages. You can print the book on A4 paper or use the e-book on a tablet or laptop for your storytelling session.

If you have any queries, please mail [email protected] BEFORE filling in the form.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will the book be sent for free or does the champion pay for it?

The book is sent to you for free (till stocks last) if you are located within India.

Does the Reading Champion 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 you can host a group of children or where children generally come.

Approach the organisation and explain the concept to them. Most of them will be happy to host you for no charge.

This is the first time I am conducting a storytelling session. 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 the book (to retain their attention). Think of activities that you can do after the storytelling to engage the children (example: can the story take on a skit form, can the story be a way to talk about an important issue, etc).

Can I conduct multiple events?

Definitely!!! The aim is to reach as many kids as possible. We’ve had champions who’ve conducted 2-3 sessions on the main day and then gone on to conduct sessions on other days too.

Should I document the event?

Yes please do! We expect all our Reading Champions to send us some documentation about the event conducted by them. You can send us mini videos, pictures or a write-up on the event which will tell us [and the whole wide world] about the experience of sharing the joy of reading with children through the magic of storybooks. You can also share your session on social media using the hashtag #OneDayOneStory2023 and #GetChildrenReading #PrathamBooks and you could post it on the One Day, One Story Facebook Group.

What is the age group for the books?

We have curated two books for the reading month that you can choose from: Hello Sun! by Rajiv Eipe has been chosen for younger children aged 3-8 years, and Hakeem’s Hiccups by Sadaf Siddique for older children aged between 8-12. 

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