One Day, One Story is back!

We’re counting down to this year’s edition of One Day, One Story, and we really hope you’ll join us!

Every year, Pratham Books celebrates International Literacy Day (September 8, in case you’ve forgotten) with story reading sessions for children across India.

The story works well for children across different age and reading levels, and introduces themes like waste management, littering, reuse and recycling, and social responsibility. You could enact it, if you like, or get children to imagine what a cloud of trash could look like. We would love for you to use this story in creative ways – read, narrate, enact… it’s your session to conduct.

Sounds interesting? Mark your calendar for September 8, and join thousands of other Champions sharing their love for reading with the children who need it the most.

*Registrations to receive a hard copy of the book end on August 31, but we’ll be happy to mail you an e-copy!

How do you become a Champion?

You sign up! We’llsend you a copy of the book in the language of your choice, and a banner. You are free to choose the place and time you want to conduct the session. You can also conduct other activities that you think may go with the theme of the book.

After the session, please send us a short write-up with some photos from the event so that we can feature it here.


  • For logistical reasons, we will not be able to ship books to international destinations, but we will share an e-copy instead.
  • There are a limited number of printed books available, so if we run out of books by the time you register, we will send you an e-copy of the book.

If you have any queries, please mail champions(at)prathambooks(dot)org BEFORE you fill in the form.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Will the book be sent for free or will I have to pay for it?
The book will be sent to you for free (till stocks last).

2. Do I have to find the venue?

Yes. Identify places where you can conduct this event in your city – a government school, an NGO, a library, a bookstore, a park, a train, your building… any place where regular children visit. Approach the organisation and explain the concept to them. Most of them will be happy to host you.

3. This is the first time I am conducting an event. How should I prepare for it?

Read the book a few times. If you are reading to a younger age group, see how you can tell the story without actually reading from the book (to retain their attention). Think of activities to engage the children after the storytelling. Alternatively, read a few more stories around the same theme. You’ll find great suggestions here.

4. Can I conduct multiple events?

Oh, yes, you can! The aim is to reach as many kids as possible. We’ve had several Champions conduct 2-3 sessions on the main day, and then go on to conduct sessions on a following day, if it’s a weekend.

5. Should I document the event?

We expect all our Champions to send us some documentation about the event conducted by them. You can send us videos, pictures, a write-up – just share with us the “real impact” you’ve helped make.

6. I really want to conduct a session but I am not free on September 8? What should I do?

The aim of One Day, One Story is to spread the joy of stories. Most people conduct the session on the chosen date. But just in case you are unable to, you can still conduct it on a day close to the chosen date. Because children getting to listen to a story is much more important than a date, right?
Sounds like something you want to do? Sign up here.