Parag, an initiative of the TATA Trusts, was set up to support the development of and access to good quality story books for children in Indian languages. We support school and community libraries so that children have free access to books and an open and vibrant environment that supports reading for pleasure. We also work to nurture the children’s literature sector through awards, professional courses and linking various stakeholders together through events for teachers, librarians and facilitators.
Frankfurt Buchmesse (Book Fair) 2018 has a separate theme called The Arts+ that looks at technology
After three days of walking the halls of the Frankfurt Book Fair I have learnt one thing –
A very crucial aim of Parag bringing out more books with disability and inclusion as the theme is to encourage more conversations about individual differences,
Not all stories with a character with disability can be a good one. Just like any good story, it should have a compelling plot,
This 3-part series captures the responses of children to some of the inclusive books supported by Parag and tries to put the responses within the larger context of disability, the power of stories. It also draws important insights for content creators
Children’s books are kind of wedded to animal stories and characters. Sometimes as themselves, sometimes as humans – animals perhaps come close to human experience of emotions of all kinds, except…
The Parag libraries in Yadgir district of Karnataka are inviting community into the libraries and making it an inclusive space.
The schools libraries set up by Parag in Gurmetkal block of Karnataka have impacted not just students, but built the skills of the library facilitators and established the library as an integral part of school education.
Carefully designed book extension activities in libraries play a key role in engaging both readers and non-readers. Activities introduce new books and genres, open up discussion and motivate children to reflect on their reading.
Parag supported community libraries for the urban poor children in Bhopal have become avenues to connect to books and stories and a platform for children to share their experiences and expressions.
Through this year our team has been engaged with government teacher’s training in Uttar Pradesh for libraries in schools. We have now trained 100 teachers, which is a big number for a small team as ours but a drop in the ocean for the state.
Picture books delight us with their wide array of illustrations in differing styles. Each illustrator has his or her own style and approach that adds to the story. So what do illustrations look like before they are printed?
एल.ई.सी. 2017 में मैंने कोर्स के दौरान पढ़ने से जुडी गतिविधियों के बारे में कई लेख पढ़े| जिससे कि बच्चों में किस प्रकार पढ़ने की क्षमता विकसित होती है इस विषय पर मेरी समझ काफी मजबूत हुई| सुजाता जी के आलेख “पठन से पाठक का विकास” में वे “द आर्ट ऑफ़ टीचिंग रीडिंग” का संदर्भ देते हुए कहती हैं कि,
मैं गुड़िया हूँ, मेरा यही नाम है और यही मेरी पहचान भी। आमतौर से मेरा साबका बच्चों से ही रहा है खास कर बच्चियों से,मुझे बनाने वाले भी अक्सर यही सोच कर हमें बनाते हैं ।
What does the Riyaaz Academy for Illustrators do? It trains young aspiring artists to illustrate for children’s books, textbooks, magazines.
It has been a week since I am back from LEC and I have thought to share a chunk of my experience I have gathered in my first contact. Before going into the course I had apprehensions in my mind
Parag’s Library Educators’ Course (LEC) imagines the library as an open and vibrant space, where children build a relationship with books and reading. LEC enables alumni to strengthen their library practice and make changes that will impact children’s reading experiences positively.
How do illustrators train? What happens during the course of a contact week at the Riyaaz Academy for Illustrators? This photo essay takes a sneak peek into the various aspects of the course.