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What Kitablet Offers:

Kitablet is a digital library of hand-picked story books for children by Indian publishers from classes 1-8. Presently, it has a curated collection of 200+ books in English, Hindi, Kannada and Telugu from select Indian publishers like Pratham, Eklavya, Tulika, Amar Chitra Katha, Children’s Book Trust and TERI. Comprising of both fiction and non-fiction books, the collection spans a wide variety of genres like biographies, art, environment, mystery, and poetry. Each child has a personalized account. Several books also have a meaningful activity at the end of the book for the child to engage further with the book. School teachers and school heads have a personalized account too which gives them reports about the usage of Kitablet at the school, class and child level.

Kitablet aims to equip children to:

  • Read books anytime, anywhere
  • Nurture a love for reading by finding the books that speak to them
  • Become part of a reading community and inculcate a reading habit
  • Develop language, strengthen critical thinking and widen perspectives

Kitablet’s journey so far:

In the ongoing Academic Year 2018-19, Kitablet is presently being piloted with about 9600 middle school children at 40 Jawahar Navodayas in South and North East regions of India.

Kitablet’s journey began in the Academic Year 2016-17 when it was conceptualized, designed and developed with active involvement of various stakeholders like publishers, technology experts, schools, parents and children. For the Academic Years 2016-17 and 2017-18, it was incubated in Social Alpha, an associate organization of Tata Trusts, and its potential as a financially viable social enterprise was explored. Different possibilities like for-profit B2B model with private schools, for-profit B2C model with parents and not-for-profit model for government school children were explored. It was decided to focus efforts on children from underprivileged sections and the program was brought under the fold of the Tata Trusts since Academic Year 2018-19.

Partner with us:

Whether you are a publisher keen to see your books on Kitablet, or a school/organization working with underprivileged children, or a parent keen to use Kitablet with your children and give us feedback, or a technology/academic expert interested in use of technology for reading; we would love to have a conversation and explore partnerships.

You can write to us at pbajaj@tatatrusts.org.

Supporting Children’s Publishing

A wide variety of books have been published over the last 12 years in multiple Indian languages and across age groups.

Parag Catalogue

The Parag catalogue provides a sneak peak into the books supported since 2005, their central themes and ideas. The books are categorized according to age groups and genres. However, the categorization is suggestive and their most effective usage lies in the hands of readers/story tellers/educators/parents. Books marked for ages 6+ can be read aloud to young children, while Teachers’ Resource books can be read by teens. Books are listed under one category to avoid duplication. This annotated catalogue lists the books published by the Trusts’ partners, under picture books, poems, young readers, activity Books and teachers’ resource books.

Parag Recommends

Look at our Recommended Reading Lists in multiple Indian languages and strengthen your library collection.

Parag Honour List

For more than a decade Parag has been working to catalyse the children’s literature sector in India. Parag has supported the publication of 700+ titles in 9 Indian languages reaching more than 40 million readers.

 

Case Studies
Children’s Literature for ALL

Opening up the world of books to children with disabilities is an important pathway to making literature and society more inclusive