Storybooks help children develop their language skills, trigger curiosity and creativity, and fuel their imagination.
Millions of children lack access to good storybooks.
There are simply not enough books being published in many of India’s 22 official languages and hundreds of other local languages. We believe that all children should have access to good storybooks in their own language – books that engage, inform and open their minds to worlds beyond their own.
Access to quality storybooks has had a profound
impact on these children. Read their stories.
The first library in Amwan village was a Library-in-a-Classroom kit from Pratham Books, proudly mounted on the wall in Akshay School. The children, who don’t have any books at home, were thrilled to read storybooks and eagerly look forward to the library period, introduced by the school for each class. They like reading new stories, which they later share with their friends and siblings. Seeing the enthusiasm of the children, the school has introduced several reading based activities and workshops to nurture the joy of reading.
St. Thomas English Medium School is the only English medium school in the tiny village of Kolwadi in Pune district. Most of the children come from a rural Marathi background and struggle to learn English. When a library of English books arrived from Pratham Books, the children were delighted. The stories with their lovely illustrations captured their interest and they started to learn new words rapidly. The joyful storybook reading program is exam-free and has made learning English fun for the children.
We sent more than 700 books to Library for All, an organization that sets up libraries in schools to make them hubs of active learning. The tribal children in the hilly Ukhrul district of Manipur took to them immediately. They were drawn to the books and started reading from day one. The programme’s library activities such as read alouds and storytelling sessions are helping build the reading culture among children there.
Here’s how you can help.