Reading Habit Development
Kathalaya’s efforts are geared on creating an awareness of the importance of reading early on. As publishers of children’s literature, our vision is to inspire the children to want to read books and help them connect with books in a way that will one day make them independent readers. The READ TO LEARN Initiative takes age-appropriate reading packages for each grade to be sold to schools as a ‘mini-library’ package for individual classroom use and send trained and qualified persons to use the package in classrooms with the students in the presence of the class teacher for a period of 2-3 months. Sessions will involve reading of the books (stories, poems etc.) with various carefully planned classroom activities and interactions with the students.
Kathalaya established in 2007 is focused in developing reading culture among children. It has provided its service to more than 2.5 million children in more than 8000 schools of Nepal. Kathalaya has grown from small organization and currently it has 40 regular and 30 additional indirect team working under its umbrella. It has published more than 300 titles locally and in partnership with International publishers. Kathalaya has been successfully acquired children titles right from renowned International publishers such as Scholastic, Usborn, Gyldendal, Hachet UK, Viking US and many more.
It has been working in developing reading culture, library establishment, children literature promotion as well as capacity building of authors, illustrators and editors. It has also started WeRead mobile app for Anroid and iOS to promote Nepalese book Worldwide. The team is working on Amazon Kindle device. It has started selling books in International platforms like Amazon and Kobo.