Launching StoryWeaver Marathi: An exciting new YouTube channel!

महाराष्ट्र्र दिनाचे निमित्त साधून, मराठीत गोष्टी वाचण्याचा आनंद  स्टोरीविव्हरला तुमच्यापर्यंत पोचवायचा आहे. त्याचसाठी आहे हे नवीन  यू ट्यूब चॅनेल, 'स्टोरीविव्हर मराठी'!

Illustration by Hitesh Sonar, for Black Hats White Hats written by Siddharth Mehta, published by Pratham Books

'रीडअलॉंग' म्हणजे सहवाचन हा  उपक्रम मराठीत यशस्वीपणे  राबवल्यानंतर आता यू ट्यूबवर घेऊन येत आहोत व्हिडीओ, म्हणजे दृक-श्राव्य गोष्टी. 

व्यावसायिक कलाकारांनी सहज शैलीत या गोष्टीचं रंगतदार वाचन केलं आहे. त्याला मजेदार संगीताची जोडही दिलेली आहे त्यामुळे गोष्टी जिवंत होतात. शब्दाचा उच्चार झाला की तो  लिखित शब्द  उजळतो  आणि त्या उच्चाराचं बोट धरून मुलांना तो शब्द निवेदकाबरोबर वाचणं, सोपं जातं.  लिखित शब्द आणि त्याचा उच्चार असं एकत्रितपणे समोर आल्यानं मुलांना वाचनाची गोडी लागायला मदत होते.

अगदी लहान गटातल्या वाचकांना डोळ्यासमोर ठेवल्यानं, वाचन पातळी १ आणि २ अशाच गोष्टी यात आहेत. शिवाय व्हिडिओचा कालावधी ५ मिनिटांपेक्षा कमी ठेवल्यानं मुलांचं लक्ष चांगलं लागतं. पुन्हा पुन्हा येणारे विशिष्ट शब्द आणि आवाज, आकर्षक चित्रं, नाट्यमयता यांची मुलांना मजा वाटते. हे  लक्षात ठेवून मोठ्यानं  वाचायला मजा येईल अशा गोष्टीं निवडल्या आहेत. शिवाय 'स्टोरीविव्हर'वरील 'रीडअलॉंग'ची वैशिष्ट्ये जशीच्या तशी राखली आहेत.   

यू ट्यूब वर 'स्टोरीविव्हर मराठी' याठिकाणी  जाण्यासाठी  इथे क्लिक करा.

दर आठवड्याला नवीन व्हिडीओ बघण्यासाठी सबस्क्राईब करा.  

मजेत बघा!

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World Book & Copyright Day is an international initiative to promote the enjoyment of books and reading. By championing books and copyright, UNESCO stands up for creativity, diversity and equal access to knowledge.1

Aparna Kapur, Editor at Pratham Books, writes about the making of ‘The Novel Coronavirus: We Can Stay Safe’ - made possible through an amazing collaborative effort.

The Novel Coronavirus: We Can Stay Safe’ is a book aimed to help children better understand what they can do to stay safe during this pandemic. The book isn't just special because it was created in ten days, or because it's available in five languages. What makes this book remarkable is that it involves thirteen of India's best children's book writers and illustrators, and characters from seven of Pratham Books' most popular books - all released under the CC BY 4.0 license, and free to read on StoryWeaver.

Above everything else, artists define themselves by their work. Their words, their pictures, their design -- these are closest to their hearts. So when creators agree to release their work under Creative Commons, it is their way of showing their trust in the publisher, and a commitment to a common goal. In our case, that goal is 'to see a book in every child's hand'.

For the last 15 years, Pratham Books has been working towards this goal by publishing affordable openly licensed picture books, and making them available for free on StoryWeaver - ensuring they can be accessed and enjoyed by children all over the world, some of whom may not otherwise have had access to books. This has helped us create a sense of community with our creators. Which is why when we asked them to be a part of this project, nearly everyone responded within minutes, telling us that they would be happy to.

In the current state of things, when everyone needs to stay indoors as much as possible, the value of digital content is hard to ignore. The internet is helping all of us stay connected to each other, but also to things that give us joy and comfort. By openly licensing content, we aren't just removing the locks from our doors, we are throwing the door wide open and welcoming everyone in.

The book is already available in five languages. And with the CC BY 4.0 license, and the community-based StoryWeaver platform, people all over the world will be able to translate it, or use the images to make their own posters or books, or download a PDF and share it with people.

Multilingual. Generous. Collaborative. Worldwide.

When open licensing is done right, it can do wonders.

Read, download, translate ‘The Novel Coronavirus: We Can Stay Safe’ on StoryWeaver here.

A big thank you to the wonderful team of creators and experts who made this possible.

The book is written and illustrated by Bijal Vachharajani, Deepa Balsavar, Jayesh Sivan, Lavanya Naidu, Maegan Dobson Sippy, Meera Ganapathy, Nimmy Chako, Priya Kuriyan, Rajiv Eipe, Renuka Rajiv, Sanjana Kapur, Sheena Deviah and Sunaina Coelho. Thank you to Anirban Mahapatra, Dr N S Prashanth, Shambhavi Naik and Dr Tanya Seshadri for their help with fact-checking.


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A special milestone: 20,000 storybooks on StoryWeaver!

Posted by Remya Padmadas on April 19, 2020

Written by Shaoni Dasgupta, Assistant Editor at StoryWeaver


We are thrilled and proud to reach 20,000 storybooks on the StoryWeaver platform! When StoryWeaver was launched in September 2015 with 800 storybooks in 24 languages, we couldn't have predicted the tremendous reception the platform has received over the last five years - not just in India, but around the world.

Illustration by Sandhya Prabhat, for Today I Am written by Varsha Seshan, published by Pratham Books

We are extremely thankful to our amazing community, for helping us get to where we are today. It is your unwavering faith in our motto, and your help with strengthening our foundation through your stories and translations that has helped us achieve this milestone. Without your support and goodwill, we wouldn't be where we are! We are so excited to do what we do because of you and our brilliant pool of publisher and translator partners. Here's a shoutout to all of you for being amazing! You have joined hands to hold the base of the platform to make it what it is, and we couldn't be more thankful. 

Today, with 20,000 storybooks in 235 languages, StoryWeaver is truly a global repository of multilingual content. More than 1.5 billion children around the world are at home due to school closures, in an effort to control the COVID-19 outbreak. It’s a difficult time for everyone and the need for reading materials for children that can be accessed at home, is more urgent than ever. During this difficult time we hope you can Read At Home with StoryWeaver and continue to partner with us to bring joyful content to children the world over. 

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