Last week, I got an opportunity to attend a workshop on building story books for Children using http://storyweaver.org.in/
This portal is developed by Pratham Books, a Not-for-profit organization, which is helping Indian kids to get more story books in their own languages. They started with creating story books, print, sell them, but with Creative Commons CC-By license. Anyone can copy their books, print, share and sell.
Now, with story weaver platform, they enable any one to create stories for kids. We can build stories or translate existing stories to our language.
I knew this platform few months ago. But did not explored much. Suddenly, received an email from Pratham Books from their blog, as they organize a workshop on storyweaver platform in Chennai. Registered immediately.
On the event day, reached the venue at T.Nagar. It was a good meeting hall with projector. We got around 50 participants. Except me, most of them are directly with children as teacher/trainer/StoryTeller.
We got participants from many organizations like Vazhai, Isha Vidhya, Katha & Ratha, Teach for India, Vidyarambam and more. Got a bunch of people from Villupuram Coimbatore too. Most of them are using books by Pratham books on their class rooms and activities.
The workshop was to explore the storyweaver platfrom. They explored the platform. We can read 4700 stories available. They support 84 languages. The portal has 7461 images to make wonderlands.
After the demo, tasks were given to create a story book or translate. I got to translate. We formed a team and translated a book. At the end of the event, the demo session was interesting. With a small introduction, people made stunning stories.
The images uploaded should be self made. We should not upload other’s work. As all the works, text and images are released in creative Commons CC-By license, any one use it for any purpose, including selling them. Hence, they are very keen on ensuring about the license of the works, text and illusions/images.
But, with available 7000 images, we can make wonderlands for our kids easily.
I invite you to explore the site, read few books and share it with the children you know. I made few books, flashcards and wordless stories to check how my kid Viyan likes them. He enjoyed them. He started to create his own stories on seeing the images. He even understood (or made his own stories) for the books on other languages too.
I was searching for books for kids in Tamil for many years. We dont get much much even in TamilNadu. All the bookshops have only many English books. One or two books only available in Tamil. Check in your nearby shop and look for the books that introduce alphabets, numbers, vegetables, vehicles, climate, animals, flowers etc. You can get all in english. Only alphabets and numbers are available in Tamil. I think the same will be for other languages too. The globalization kills all the native languages. To give new life to our languages, it is our duty to introduce the world of books to our kids in our language. Story books, flashcards are best vehicles to bring languages to kids.
StoryWeaver makes this possible to all the languages.
Let us weave more stories for our kids.
Thanks to pratham books for the wonderful platform and great workshop. Will contribute for Tamil Books. Planning to make a screencast on how to use storyweaver in Tamil. Will make it soon and conduct events to introduce it to local communities of parents, teachers and kids lovers.