Pratham Books is a not-for-profit organization with the mission of putting a book in every child's hand. Their dream is to see a country where every child wants to read, is able to read, and has something good to read.
A large number of Indian NGOs are engaged in increasing child literacy. Research reveals that one in three school-going children cannot read fluently. Children who are unable to read are unable to learn, as they can't understand what is being taught to them. This contributes to high dropout rates in schools. Pratham Books supports child literacy by publishing and distributing affordable books to children who have limited reading resources.
In the last decade, Pratham Books has published over 300 titles in English and 18 major Indian languages. The NGO has printed story-cards to jump start a love for reading. A majority of the 2,000 books published to date are priced below Rs50. With the aim to reach 200 million Indian children, Pratham Books continues to build alliances with leading publishing houses (like Orient Longman) to achieve this goal.
Story Weaver is a platform that hosts stories in languages from all across India, so that every child can have an endless stream of stories in her mother tongue to read and enjoy. All the stories are available under Creative Commons licenses which means that the stories are free to read, and can be translated into new languages, new stories can be created, and artworks can be freely accessed, by anyone.
Donate-a-Book is a unique crowd funding initiative by Pratham Books to help bridge the gap between those who want to help children read, and those who need books for children. The idea is to build a Reading India together by making storybooks accessible to thousands of children and spread the joy of reading. Around 42,000 books have been pledged so far under the Donate-a-Book initiative.