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.
Parag’s Big Little Book Award (BLBA) and KathaVana – Azim Premji University (APU) have collaborated to rejuvenate contemporary children’s literature in Kannada through writing workshops, translations, and recommended book lists.
Children’s literature is and has always been instrumental in bringing change in society. This perception is a fruitful outcome of my professional experience as a teacher.
Gone are the days when children’s literature refrained from touching upon serious issues, painting instead a rosy picture of vibrant blooms in a world that seemed to exist without any blemishes; where there was a clear and simplistic distinction between good and evil…
Flyaway Boy is a story about a boy who doesn’t fit in – not in his school, among friends and sometimes even struggles to feel part of his family. As the author Jane De Suza writes, everyone lives in boxes. And Kabir saw those boxes…
“अगर मैं पंछी होती-
तो उड़ जाती l
गाँव से दूर।
कहीं ऐसी जगह जहाँ मैं जैसी हूँ वैसी रह सकूँ।”
मैं लाइब्रेरी एजुकेटर्स कोर्स से वर्ष 2017 में बतौर प्रतिभागी जुड़ी थी। इस कोर्स को अंतराल और संपर्क अवधियों के मिश्रित रुप में विकसित किया गया है।
मैं विगत 5 साल से पुस्तकालय विज्ञान के विभिन्न पाठ्यक्रमों के संपर्क में हूं । पुस्तकालय विज्ञान में स्नातक और अधिस्नातक किया। इन पाठ्यक्रमों में
कुछ साल पहले ही पराग के एल.ई.सी. कोर्स की जानकारी मुझे मिलीऔर इस साल मुझे भी इस कोर्स में सहभागी होने का सोभाग्य प्राप्त हुआ।
हालांकि , मेंरे छोटे – छोटे कई अनुभव हैं ‘14 चूहे घर बनाने चले’ पुस्तक को लेकर | उनमें से मैं अपनी कक्षा से जुड़ा एक अनुभव साझा कर रही हूँ|
‘It was sad. It was little. It was a fact. Nobody believed it. People accused it of being fake. They tried to bury it. They tried to destroy its spirit. But facts are stubborn things…’
Community participation is an integral part of Parag libraries because children need to be supported by adults in their reading journey.
The little librarians take books from the school library and visit all the wadis and bastis around the village.
When children are told stories at school and read to at home by parents and older siblings, they develop interest in books. When they adults around them engaging with books, they are motivated to read.
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.