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Mission: Pratham Books is a not-for-profit trust that seeks to publish high-quality books for children at a affordable cost in multiple Indian languages. Pratham Books is trying to create a shift in the paradigm for publishing children’s books in India. The low cost model proves that children’s literature can be attractive and affordable and therefore more accessible. Books are to the child’s mind what food is to the stomach. Join us as we try to make a difference to the lives of 200 million children! There are a number of NGOs who are working with children in India to improve basic literacy skills of reading, writing and mathematics. As more and more children became readers, there was a need for good content and there were few publishing sources that were willing to supply this content at affordable costs and in multiple Indian languages. With 270 titles and 1800 books in 12 languages , we have a readership of 52 million. Each title has been translated into several Indian languages, enabling us to offer affordable books to children across the country. Join us in our mission of getting 'a book in every child's hand'.

Results: With 270 titles and 1800 books in 12 languages , we have a readership of 52 million.

Target demographics: get 'a book in every child's hand'

Geographic areas served: India

Programs: children's books in English and multiple Indian languages at affordable costs. We've also created a volunteer program where volunteers conduct storytelling sessions to promote reading.

Community Stories

46 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 4

Pratham Books are excellent. The stories are accessible to readers at every level (i.e., beginners to proficient readers) and across languages; the bilingual books are especially useful for children who are just starting to learn one language (or two) and for teachers, too. Additionally - and this is something not a lot of children's book publishers can boast of - Pratham Books are extremely affordable, making them a favourite with novice teachers like myself. I can't recommend these lovely books enough - for children and adults alike! :)

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Volunteer

Rating: 3

Pratham Books help us achieve our objectives ! Children who have not seen books at home, or fun books, books they can touch, and learn from, relate with - when these opportunities are not there for students, we see how well Pratham books fills this gap -and how ! It gets children interested in reading, in knowing, in connecting and to pick up another book. In India, there are few books relevant to Indian milieu, especially for the lower economic backgrounds - Pratham books comes in beautifully for all children with their books! The books have been affordable and are beautifully illustrated. The number of languages Pratham books publish is also an advantage - and the Level one, English books, become a stepping stone for children learning English. I have found Pratham books great way to express, and encourage children to read and know. Keep going !

Client Served

Rating: 5

The books are well-produced, extremely affordable and Indian in sensibility, something we could have more of. The multi-lingual versions are a treat. It's not just about producing nice books, they do so much more to take the products to disadvantaged communities and to encourage reading. Pratham Books are my favourite gift for children. I've bought at least 50 Pratham books so far!

Seema M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

Pratham books are interesting,simple and classy.It encourages children to read more and more!.
Great Initiative.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Pratham books are interesting,simple and classy.It encourages children to read more and more!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I have always been a fan of Pratham Books. There are a lot of things that Pratham does, but their books are very special. The cost of the books is so less that even a huge pile costs a very reasonable amount. I like how their vision makes them publish books in so many languages. Their social media group is active with a blog post published almost daily! Maya especially is always so warm, Purvi and one more person on the team who are have always been so kind. They take other smaller organisations and people with them to make a bigger impact. Their PBC is one such initiative where everyone gets together- I have rarely seen organisations who do that. Once as PBC conducts a story telling session, they are given a small gift which tends me extra special! They are quick at responding and always accommodate requests and people. Their library in class project ensured so many students get access to books easily. Their books reach on time, in case an order is placed. I can go on about my love for Pratham books and especially about the professional way in which they work as I have known them for 5 years now! I am in awe of them and only wish they get bigger and bigger!

Shalini T.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

If it were not for Prtham Books I would have never been able to reach out to rural children and give them the joy of reading and learning. Not only are they themselves working passionately to spread the joy of reading among the underprivileged children, they have given volunteers like me a wonderful platform and opportunity to do this and love specially their beutifully illustrated picture books!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I was involved in Pratham's effort to promote the reading habit among Indian children for two years by having my school, Al Qamar Academy participate in the International Literacy Day celebrations. I've been very impressed by their dedication, organised approach and thoughtful selection of book titles.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pratham Books brings out bright, colourful books with beautiful artwork. More than the art, the tidbits of information and concepts, and subtle morals conveyed in the story are good for a child's soul. I have volunteered as a storyteller for Pratham Books for the past five years. Their co-ordination of the worldwide storytelling event on one particular day, usually International Literacy day, is excellent. The excitement starts right from the time we receive books, banners, tips for storytelling and more. Pratham Books has a Champions Blog in which they record all the storytelling events. The reach of Pratham books is very good, more so because of the different Indian languages their books come out in.

Bindiya V.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

My kid started reading passionately through Pratham books from the age of 4. For the book challenge, I nominated my 8 year old and was surprised that the ones which topped her list were from Pratham. For me, Pratham settled it :)
The write up at the back page of the book is quite pleasant and eye opening, conveying a sweet message to kids across the different strata of the society in their own terms. It is quite an epiphany for younger kids who don't get much chance to interact outside the closed community they live in.

Vidhya V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pratham Books is a non-profit organisation dedicated to its mission of giving a book in every child's hand. In a country like India where income gaps are manifold, a book is not priority for low income families, where children lend a hand with household or other work.

But Pratham now helps these children live their childhood. Through its committed volunteers, Pratham takes these children into a different world through its varied kinds of books. It helps them enjoy, learn, imagine, dream and aspire.

Not only that, Pratham has made high quality books possible at a low-cost, allowing people to donate entire libraries to schools totally deprived of books.

Pratham's books are available in several Indian languages that encourage children to remain connected and be proud of their mother tongue. Children all over the country can read the same book in a language they are comfortable with.

Pratham Books has inspired even grown-ups who seek to give back to the community, making them 'Champions' of the cause.

Finally, Pratham has kept up with current technologies by digitising some of its books and making them available in a freely downloadable format.

As a former pre-school teacher, I have used the digital version of some of Pratham's stories in the classroom. The beautifully illustrated stories that encompass a variety of topics, both fiction and non-fiction, brought delight to the children, many of whom are not read to in their homes.

I think the Pratham Books team has come a long way in its ten years of existence. They continue to work hard in their mission of 'a book in every child's hand'.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Hi... Pratham Books gave me a chance to write in a retell remix... & I fell in love with the concept... Now my nephew & other children around me are in love with aloo-maloo-kaloo, takloo, cap on a moon... They like to see the colors of nature, listen to the sounds of their body, they try to find the missing something.... This gives me Joy... & whenever I look into the books I feel innovative...

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pratham Books is doing a great job in bringing about a reading revolution in india, starting with the kids. Kudos to their great initiative !!!

C Mangalam S.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Pratham Books : appealing, simple, affordable...
What more can you ask of books??
The very well illustrated story, wonderfully written in simplicity with a very nice background which you can relate to very easily...
Pratham Books is also doing a phenomenal job in the field of education...
Kudos to all their hardwork and team work....
Good Luck!!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

One word - Fabulous !
Pratham had filled the gap of providing wonderful pieces of work at amazingly affordable prices. Their books are simple yet cover a plethora of concepts. Hence they are great tools for teaching too. Their annual initiative on International Literacy Day of 'One Day One Book' is indeed remarkable. Wish their books be included in regular school curriculum in all schools !

Client Served

Rating: 4

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Their books are wonderful and very well illustrated. Their books are very different and very interesting for children. Above all the books are not expensive at all. I will highly recommend their books.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The beauty of Pratham Books lies in the simplicity of their books. It is this simplicity that makes a child into a reader. When I introduced my 3 year old to Pratham's hindi books, she wanted to continue reading only those books throughout the week. She enjoyed them so much that she would go through them herself and try to read the story a loud. These books have and still are helping me tremendously to encourage my daughter to speak and read our national language and it makes me a proud mom to see her do that. Thank you Pratham Books! Keep up the good work!

Sujatha R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been using Pratham books for the past 7 years for filling the growing years of my kids. The books are simple, attractive, wonderfully illustrated and set in a native backdrop. Kudos to the NGO for making reading so affordable and celebrating the joy-of-reading and book-in-every-hand among millions of children.

Personally, Pratham Books have also been very very handy in my case to teach and encourage reading to my kids in their mother tongue which is not formally taught. On most occasions like birthday-part-return-gifts, birthday-gifts, farewell-gifts, I have resorted to hundreds of Pratham books. I have enjoyed participating in the world-literacy-day events for last 2 years. Some of the books/illustrations which I particularly enjoyed / moved me are city-of-stories, susheela's-kite, my mother, sedna-the godesss of sea, journey of cauvery, little painters, asian splendor, chuskit goes to school.

It is wonderful to see some of the Pratham books get translated in Sanskrit and multilingual videos including french in BookBox. Definitely makes language learning more fun. Kudos and Way to go Pratham Books...

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are doing amazing work. Unseen concept anywhere else. Bringing back storytelling...just amazing. Reaching out to children who are our future - inculcating reading habit, imparting education, having fun and broadening their horizon. Just phenomenal.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been observing work of the pratham in field of education. They have identified problems and also evaluating them too. Through Pratham books they are trying to addreaa problem now. Books by pratham are return not only for entertainment but for cultivating science understanding n views in children. Easy to read...