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Happy International Literacy Day!

This year, over 5,000 Champions will be celebrating International Literacy Day with a children’s story carrying a message for our time

One Day, One Story is our annual flagship event, a nationwide storytelling campaign aimed at helping children discover the joy of reading. This year, given that India was the global host of 2018 World Environment Day, with the theme of “Beat Plastic Pollution,” we chose a book that carried the message of pollution awareness — and action.

A Cloud of Trash is a charming children’s picture book written by Karanjeet Kaur and illustrated by Bhavana Vyas Vipparthi. It’s the story of a little girl called Cheekoo, who has a cloud of trash hanging over her head. This makes her very, very unhappy, and as we follow her story, we learn a little more about trash, about keeping our surroundings clean, and how everyday waste can, and should, be reused, recycled, or disposed of responsibly. 

Several of our sessions began in the last week of August itself, like this one in Jammu & Kashmir: https://goo.gl/3vBQwp

September has seen story sessions in Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh; a puppetry-and-music performance in Mumbai; and closer home, in Bangalore, schoolchildren have retold Cheekoo’s story as comic books!

Saturday, September 8, had sessions taking place all across India, and beyond. And celebrations lasted through the month, as several storytellers have scheduled sessions through the month os September in celebration of International Literacy Day!

Here’s a list of flagship events and open events taking place across the country, if you’d like to attend, as well as spread the word: https://goo.gl/ZT68d3

You, too, can join the tribe of #PBChamps.

Sign up here: https://goo.gl/BPtjYZ

Download e-copies: English, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Gujarati, Konkani, Marathi, Bengali, Odia, Sanskrit, Punjabi, Telugu, Maithili, and Surjapuri

We also have a simplified (Reading Level 1) version of the story, as well as a completely wordless story.

Listen to the story on SoundCloud: English, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Gujarati, and Marathi

Enjoy Readalongs: English, and Hindi

Include activities: Here’s a suggested activity list that you can use for your session: https://goo.gl/JLBWdm

Mail us: Send your photos, videos, or notes about your story sessions to champions@prathambooks.org We just love hearing from Champions!

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