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Juggernaut has partnered with Hubhopper to create India’s first celebrity audio show for kids, where Soha Ali Khan will read eight handpicked stories written by Indian authors.

The idea is to encourage the habit of reading in kids and what better way to do it than putting the tablet and smartphone aside and making them listen to stories just like we used to – as our grandmothers told us!

Every Friday starting from 28th Feb, we will release a new story read by Soha. We have collaborated with 6 other publishers, among the country’s best, and carefully handpicked some of their best stories along with Soha.

We have deliberately chosen stories that are short enough to retain the child’s attention and action-packed to make it fun and entertaining.

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More on the podcast:

– The podcast will have 8 stories. You can listen to it here

– Our platform partner is Hubhopper: India’s leading podcast platform with over 1 million hours of content in 15 languages.

– The podcast will feature stories from Juggernaut Books, Harpercollins, Scholastic, Hachette, Rupa Publishers, Pratham Books and Karadi Tales. Find out all about the books we’ve chosen for the podcast here


From the team behind the podcast:

“As a mom myself, this podcast is quite exciting for me! New parents have a lot of struggles, and keeping their kids entertained and busy is a big one. I hope that this podcast will take some of the load off of young parents, and bring some fun and joy into the lives of the kids who will tune in. This podcast brings back the magic of storytelling! I had a lot of fun reading these stories, and hope that our listeners will have just as much fun listening to them.” – Soha Ali Khan

“At Juggernaut we are always thinking of how to get people reading – its at the core of our work. Our ambition with this show is to get kids into great storytelling – especially those whose parents may not be able to read with them. We’re delighted that Hubhopper is partnering with us and that Soha agreed to be a part of this project.” – Chiki Sarkar, Founder and Publisher, Juggernaut Books

“In a country with such a rich history of storytelling, we at Hubhopper are incredibly excited that listeners and readers will be able to experience these stories in audio format. It’s been such a pleasure working with Juggernaut on this podcast, and the eloquent narration from Soha brings the stories to life.” – Nishant Kumar, Hubhopper 

“Print is no longer the only way to reach out to readers. We need to find new and evolving formats to get children hooked to stories and storytelling and the Podcast is an interesting way forward. We are happy to have a story from our bestselling Flipped Anthology series as part of the inaugural podcasts by Soha.” – Tina Narang, Publisher – Children’s Books, HarperCollins

“In our times, books are not just page turners anymore. They talk, interact and express themselves through voice overs. This podcast offers a great cross-media opportunity to bring our stories to a platform where they can be expressed and felt through an experience.” – Nishtha Kapil, Publisher, Rupa Publishers

‘Thrilled that read alouds are getting the importance they deserve in developing a nation of readers!’ – Shantanu Duttagupta, Publisher, Scholastic India

‘Stories are powerful. They are essential to building early reading skills in children and podcasts are a powerful medium that can bring them alive with sound and audio.’ – Suzanne Singh, Chairperson, Pratham Books

‘Karadi Tales’ journey began with audiobooks – we love a well-told story! We’re therefore glad to partner with Juggernaut and HubHopper to bring listeners The Rumour by Anushka Ravishankar and Kanyika Kini.’ – Shobha Viswanath, Publishing Director, Karadi Tales

‘God knows there are few platforms that give a space and a hearing to children’s stories in India – and who better than Soha Ali Khan, both actor and parent, to tell this sparkly tale!’ – Vatsala Kaul Banerjee, Publisher – Children’s Books, Hachette India   

 

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