Register to be a TENTASTIC Champion

    About the initiative

    The idea is to encourage children to fall in love with reading. This initiative is part of the Pratham Books' Champions program where we encourage our community of volunteers to use books to conduct reading sessions. These sessions are conducted free of cost and mostly with children from under-served communities. Last year 600+ Champions conducted 1000+ storytelling sessions in multiple languages on International Literacy Day. We hope that these storytelling sessions will also brings to light the issues of joyful reading, access and multilingual publishing.

    TENTASTIC Champion? What's that?

    Pratham Books turned ten this year and we want to turn the celebrations up a notch. Earlier, we used to host 1 big reading event on International Literacy Day. But this year we've decided to have a year-long storytelling drive and hope you can conduct at least 10 storytelling events.

    So, how does this work?

    1. Fill in the form. 2. This year, a book will be sent on the main event (International Literacy Day). For the other 9 sessions, you can choose from our collection of Creative-Commons licensed content or use a Pratham Book that you already have. 3. Download the book and read it. 4. Choose the place and time you want to conduct the session. 5. You can also conduct other activities that you think may go with the theme of the book. (Visit the Champions blog to see what champions have done in the past : champions.prathambooks.org) 6. After the session, send us a short write-up or send us some photos from the event and we will feature it on the champions blog. Note : For logisitical reasons, we can't ship books to international destinations, but we will be able to share the PDF of the book with any international volunteers.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. Will the book be sent for free or does the champion pay for it? Answer : The book for International Literacy Day is sent to you for free. For the other sessions, you can choose a book you already possess or download many of the CC-licensed books we've uploaded 2. Does the champion have to find the venue? Answer : 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 with regular kids footfalls. Approach the organization 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? Answer : 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). 4. Can i conduct more than 10 events? Answer : YES!!! The aim is to reach as many kids as possible. Let us make reading contagious. 5. Should I document the event? Answer : We expect all our Champions to send us some documentation about the event conducted by them. They can send us mini videos, pictures or a write-up on the event which will tell us [and the whole wide world] on the “real impact” made.

    I still have a few questions before I sign up ...

    Shoot your questions to champions(at)prathambooks(dot)org and we will get back to you soon. **If you are an NGO and want to participate through multiple centres, please mail us at champions(at)prathambooks(dot)org.

    Lets get started and make reading contagious!

    (oh, please fill in the form below the image :))
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