The Retell, Remix and Rejoice Contest from Pratham Books is on! This year we changed things around a bit, and gave our community themes to weave some story magic around. You can read more about this here.
We thought the story weavers who are taking part this year might like some advice from our seasoned editors at Pratham Books on what to keep in mind when writing books for our very youngest readers!
Manisha Chaudhry, Head of Content, Pratham Books
Rajesh Khar, Senior Editor, Pratham Books
Rajesh also shared some of his favourite Level 1 and 2 books (click on the name to read them on StoryWeaver!)
Sandhya Taksale, Senior Editor, Pratham Books
Madhuri Purandare's 'Aunt Jui's Baby' perfectly embodies what my colleague Rajesh is saying. The learning is embedded in the story in a subtle manner and the narration is also from the child's point of view.
Here is Sandhya's pick of level 1 and 2 books!
Yamini Vijayan, Commissioning Editor, Pratham Books
Repetition and patterns work very well with early readers. "Will you be my friend?" "Are you my mother?" are examples..
It's important for writers to expose themselves to as many picture books as possible. Reading is important!
Bijal Vachharajani, Editorial Consultant, Pratham Books
Our annual Retell, Remix and Rejoice contest is back… with a small twist! This year :
You can choose from the whole universe of illustrations on the StoryWeaver platform and
You have to create an engaging story for young reader (A level 1 or 2 book. More details below)
A recent report ‘Mapping Children’s Literature in India’ by the Sir Ratan Tata Trust and Parag revealed a huge shortage of quality stories for our youngest readers (0-6 years), especially in Indian languages. We want your help in creating joyful stories for the next generation of bookworms to read, giggle and wonder at in English, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi or Tamil. We asked Pratham Books’ editors to share the themes they felt engaging stories were most needed in. This is what they would like you to weave stories about:
My body: Parts of the body, sensations, growing up.. Take a look at Rohini Nilekani’s ‘Listen to my Body’.
My friends: Games we play, sharing, fighting, making up, being fair. Have you read ‘मेरा घर’ by Rukmini Banerjee.
Animals around us: My pets, domestic and wild animals, birds and insects. ‘Ammu's Puppy’ by Sowmya Rajendran was one of the big hits of 2016 on StoryWeaver
Travel: Using modes of transport in stories, visiting new places and culture, etc. Check out 'My Car' by Phidi Pulu.
People around us: My teachers, shopkeepers, drivers, fruit-sellers, ice-cream wala, the gardener, mechanic, etc. Here's 'Phani's Slippers' by Sridala Swamy.
The world around me: Weather, nature, seasons, trees and flowers, every day science Have you read 'The Red Raincoat' by Kiran Kasturia.
About our Reading Levels
At Pratham Books we link levels to the child’s reading development, since we know 10-year-olds who are most comfortable with a Level 1 story, as well as 6-year-olds who can read Level 3 stories effortlessly. This happens across languages, too, as kids have different fluencies in different languages.
This year we’re asking you to be as creative as you can and convey as much as you can - using as few words as possible. Use our reading level guidelines as you create them.
Level 1 Books
Short sentences, less than 5 on a page
Text and pictures should support each other
Rhyme and rhythm
Level 2 Books
Stories with linear, engaging plots
Guidelines for Submission
Contest ends on April 30, 2017.
Copyright and other guidelines
Stories must be in English, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil or Marathi.
Participants must be over the age of 17 to participate (we’re organising an exciting contest for children later in the year)
By submitting your work to Retell, Remix and Rejoice 2017, you are agreeing to a CC-BY license being applied to it (This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation). To know more about CC-BY, click here.
For queries, write to us at [email protected]
While we encourage participation from all countries, prizes shall be couriered only within India.
How to enter
You can submit your story for Retell, Remix and Rejoice 2017
using illustrations from our image bank
by uploading your own illustrations
or as text only
Here’s a quick video tutorial on how to create stories on StoryWeaver.
However you choose to create your entry it MUST be via the Retell, Remix and Rejoice contest page, by clicking on the button below:
Oh and before you go… here’s a quick reminder of the prize this year
The three best manuscripts will receive detailed feedback from our Senior Editors at Pratham Books. One of the finalist entries will be chosen for re-illustration by a children’s book illustrator.comment (1)