If you’ve missed visiting libraries and bookstores and found it difficult to keep your little one engaged and occupied at home, Wooks.lk offers a simple yet effective solution.
Wooks.lk was born out of the desire and need to provide interactive children’s books in a safe online space. “Our platform offers interactive books in Sinhalese and English, read aloud by elocution teachers of both languages. It also includes traditional Sri Lankan folk titles, as well as English language storybooks, the first of their kind in Sri Lanka,” explained founder Boopathy Kahathuduwa. “We also have our own group of educated and professional storytellers who have created new stories for our website,” he added.
A lawyer by profession and currently a lecturer at CIMA, Kahathuduwa stressed the urgent need to create a platform of digital books available to children across the island. Currently, every book uploaded on the website has been verified by qualified kindergarten teachers, language masters, categorized by age groups and available in Sinhalese and English. “We are in the process of expanding our library to include Tamil books as well,” he said.
The digital library covers storybooks available for free, as well as a larger extensive selection that can be purchased. The free version also allows sample stories and coloring books for kids that can be viewed online.
Wooks.lk was officially launched at Temple Trees recently under the patronage of Hon. Namal Rajapaksa, Minister of Youth and Sports, Minister of State for Digital and Entrepreneurship Development.
Wooks offers three monthly subscription packs that allow its viewers to have unlimited views of the entire library on any functioning electronic device, with new titles added to its monthly. The Sinhalese subscription is priced at Rs. 499 per month. The English subscription is priced at Rs. 699 per month. The subscription for both languages is Rs. 999 per month. Wooks.lk recommends using a laptop or device with a large screen for an enhanced experience.
“We intend to enable every child to read, so if there is a child who wants to read but cannot afford to buy books, our platform will provide free access. Teachers can contact and we will give our entire library to the student, rural schools, nursery or children’s home free of charge.
“We hope to continue to add books to our library and also include educational books in the future. We have realized that there is a deeper impact in terms of teaching our children good habits and manners. fun and interactive, in addition to sharing knowledge online, so we aim to use this platform in a way that it has a beneficial impact on its users,” said Kahathuduwa.
The great minds behind Wooks came together during the first pandemic lockdown, sharing their expertise, ideas and passion. Recruitment was done solely online in compliance with safety and health standards, and the team continued to stay connected with weekly online meetings, building a fully virtual collaboration and business as a whole. For more information visit www.wooks.lk