Join Anuj in support of Pratham USA Readathon 2015 (Austin)


$222 from 4 donors 8 updates $500 goal
What is the Readathon?
Pratham USA Readathon 2015 is a fundraising initiative that encourages kids in the U.S. to read more books and raise money to help less fortunate kids in India learn to read.
How does it work?
Kids ask their friends and family to donate money to Pratham for every book they read. The more books they read, the more money they raise. Learn more here.
Where does my money go?
All donations to the Readathon go to support Pratham’s work for child education in India. With the help of trained professionals and dedicated volunteers, Pratham runs pre-schools and after-school programs in many cities and villages of India so that underprivileged children can read, write and count at their appropriate grade level. Pratham needs only $25 to educate one child for one whole year.Pratham receives 97% of the money you donate here. 2.9% + 30 cents is charged by the credit card processing company. We thank SeeYourImpact for providing Pratham with its Storytelling Donation platform free of cost.
Who can participate?
Kids of any age can participate (adults too!). Children too young to read can have a parent or older siblings read to them.
Why participate?
Reading is good for everyone. Reading to help others learn to read is Great!Participating in this Readathon is an amazing way to do community service, and enjoy the benefits of reading at the same time – increased vocabulary, improved communication skills and the joy of helping others.
Are there prizes?
Yes! Trophies will be given to readers who raise $250 or more. A Young Reader Award for the reader who raises the most money and a Young Leader Award for the Readathon Coordinator who demonstrates strong leadership skills and whose team raises a significant amount of money. Certificates of Appreciation for all readers. More information is available here.
What is a Readathon Coordinator?
A Readathon Coordinator (RC) is a high school student who will lead a team of younger readers and guide, support, and cheer them on in meeting their reading and fundraising goals for the Readathon. A RC will learn good management and leadership skills, and can also enjoy all the benefits of being a reader. For more information, click here.
How do I know if my donation makes a difference?
With every $1,000 raised, Pratham is able to educate 40 children for one whole year. Readers and donors can read some stories of children who attend Pratham schools by clicking here

Update #8

Hello! Today I read a book about ladybugs.

Title: Ladybugs
Author:Mia Posada
Here’s what I learned…
Not all ladybugs are female. In fact most of them are males. They are called ladybugs because they were dedicated to Mary, the Mother of Jesus. Ladybugs eat aphids, a small microscopic green insect that kills plants. While adult ladybugs are very pretty, baby ladybugs are hairy and gray. Pupa ladybugs are yellow with spots that look like lines. But each ladybug is different because there are 4,000 different ladybug species known to man. The lifespan of a ladybug is about 3 weeks. Fun fact: The reason ladybugs are red is because it tells predators that they do not taste good and are poisonous.

Update #7

Hey everybody. Let me just start by saying thank you to Aunt Sonia, Aunt Priti, and Ms. Amy. You really helped me get closer to my goal! Here are some more book I have read.

Title: Comparing Numbers
Author: M. W. Penn
Here’s what I learned…
I learned about greater than, less than and equal signs. A fun tip to help you place which way the greater than/less than signs is let the alligator eat the biggest number.

Title: A Chair My Mother
Author: Vera B. Williams
Here’s what I thought…
This book was about a little girl with a mom that works at a diner. Every day the two women put their earnings in a small glass jar. The little girl’s plan is to buy a fat, warm nice armchair for her mother to sit in because all their other furniture burned up in a fire at their old house. I thought this book was really sweet. It talks about reaching goals, even in the toughest times.

Title: A First Thesaurus
Author: Ruth Thomson
Here’s what I learns…
I learned that synonyms are words that mean the same thing as another word. Some new synonyms I learned were


Update #6

Today I read a biting book about sharks, whales, and dolphins! I also read a hot book about summer on the beach! I read another mischeivious book. And yet, another book, but it was more for fun. Here are the extremely wild details.

Title: Wild Sea Creatures: Sharks, Whales, and Dolphins
Authors: Martin Kratt and Chris Kratt
Here’s what I learned…
I learned that tiger sharks have stripes on their sides like a tiger or zebra. And did you know, sperm whales are the biggest kind of whales. I also learned that sea turtles have tough shells that protect them from harm. Their shells look like big shields, dude!

Title: The Night Before Summer Vacation
Author: Natasha Wing
Here’s what I thought…
I loved this book so super much! It was about a family getting ready to go to the beach and camp. They packed things like, bathing suits, flip flops, sunblock, hats, bugspray, umbrellas, tents and baseball bats! Everything was perfect for a stellar summer vacation!

Title: Good Night Gorilla
Author: Peggy Rathmann
Here’s what I thought…
I thought this book was pretty silly because gorillas can’t steal cage keys from the zookeepers! Hmmm, this gorilla and Curious George would get along nicely. Another silly thing was when all of the animals slept in the zookeeper’s bedroom. The zookeeper’s wife got so mad and took all the animals back to the cages. But when a book is silly, I really love it!!

Title: Press Here
Author: Henre Tullet
Here’s what I thought…
Mr. Henre made this a really fun book! You push, shake, tap, and blow, to make all the colored dots glow! I liked this book because it like a magic trick!

Update #5

Today I read a book about graphing and a book about a snake named Blake.

Title: Graphing
Author: Penny Dowdy
Here’s what I learned…
I learned about something called a Venn Diagram. It compares two thing and contrasts them too. I also learned that scientists use graphs the most to record their results.

Title: My Snake Blake
Author: Randy Siegel
Here’s what I thought…
I really liked this book because the snake can write with his body. I would really want a pet like that! I think other people should read this because it was really creative.

Update #4

Can YOU guess the book I read? YOU guessed IT! I was reading a book about PRONOUNS! Now, I know school is out for the summer, but any time is a great time to learn about new things!

Title: Pronouns
Author: Ann Heinrichs
Here’s what I learned…
I learned that pronouns stand in for other nouns and that they usually refer to people or things like a stick or a boy named Anuj. :) I also learned that THIS and THESE refer to things near you, while THAT and THOSE refer to something far from you.

Update #3

Today I read Curious George Takes A Job. The backstory of Curious George before his TV show!

Title: Curious George Takes a Job
Author: H.A. Rey
Here’s what I thought…
My favorite part was when Curious George was washing windows and went inside one of the apartments when he saw painters inside and painted the apartment into a jungle! That was really funny. I think fans of Curious George should read this book. It was a real good laugh! :P

Update #2

Yesterday, I went on a reading frenzy. I read…

Title: Whales
Author: Dan Greenberg with Nina Hess
Here’s what I learned…
I learned that whales can’t see very well, even though they have big eyes. I also learned that the blue whale is the biggest whale. Also I found that there are two groups of whales: toothed and baleen whales. I loved this book so much and I hope others can read it too!

Title: Whales
Author: Melissa & Brandon Cole
Here’s what I learned…
I learned that killer whales are also called orcas. I also learned about echolocation. They send noises into the water, which bounces back to the whales when it hits something, such as a boat or a fish. I thought that was very interesting. I liked this book, but people should read other whale books.

Title: Focus on Birds
Author: Stephen Savage
Here’s what I learned…
I learned that the ostrich is the world’s largest bird. I also learned that Arctic Terns fly about 22,000 miles to migrate to warmer places. There are about 40 types of birds that cannot fly, so many of these have developed large, powerful legs for running. Even though this book wasn’t about whales, I really liked this book. I think that other people should read it too.

Title: Brilliant Birds
Author: Isabel Thomas
Here’s what I learned…
Did you know that some males birds have extreme colors to attract female birds. Well that is one of the things I learned! I also learned that penguins have spiky tongues that helps them grip slippery fish in the water. I also learned that vultures eat dead animals, but they don’t kill them. I liked this book very much but the pictures were very gross – just like bugs! Otherwise, I think other people should read this too.

Update #1

I had so much fun on vacation to New York City this past week! I saw the Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building. And while I was there, I read a book on my favorite animal… KILLER WHALES!!!

Title: Whales
Author: Dan Greenberg

Here’s what I learned..
I learned that killer whales are mammals and they eat fish, squid, and seals and that the white spots on their forehead (called the melon) are actually their eyebrows! I loved this book so much. I think you guys should read it too!