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Weaving worlds of stories

Making learning fun For every child Photo: Special arrangement

Making learning fun For every child Photo: Special arrangement

Since its inception in 2004, Pratham Books has been living up to its commitment of “a book in every child’s hand.”

They take this vision forward in their unique initiative, www.storyweaver.org.in. Within a few months of their launch, StoryWeaver has become a talking point for what they offer.

It is a one-of-a-kind open source digital space to read, translate, download and print children’s stories. You can even create stories and illustrations under the Creative Commons licence.

The stories can be read in close to 27 languages, including English, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Bengali, Odiya. The StoryWeaver’s journey began when Pratham Books received a grant at the Google Impact Challenge, where they were finalists.

The website is well-designed with an effective web interface, making navigation seamless through a rich repository of stories.

“There are really all kinds of writers and illustrators. We also had a great technical team who built the back-end of the platform,” stresses Suzanne Singh, chairperson, Pratham Books. “We have a rich, diverse library of images,” adds Purvi Shah, head of Digital Projects, Pratham Books. Some of their most popular stories are It’s All the Cat’s Fault by Anushka Ravishankar, Roopa Pai’s The Story of Stories , The Day it Rained Fish by Ramendra Kumar, among others.

The quality of writing and illustrations is exemplary. “We have a content manager who reviews the content, tags and recommends,” says Suzanne. StoryWeaver makes it possible for every child to access stories.

“Auxiliary organisations get access to the content. They can either download or print the books. You have a print option in whatever way it works for them,” says Suzanne.


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