Somnath Hore: Wounds

Author: Likla Lall Illustrator: Kripa Bhatia Publisher: Art1st Enterprise About the book: Wounds talks to children about difficult emotions. It brings them closer to the feelings of pain, anger, fear and uncertainty through the life of the eminent artist Somnath Hore. This picture book biography takes you through the sculptor’s and printmaker’s journey with the […]

Rain Must Fall 🏆

Author:Nandita Basu Publisher: Duckbill Books About the book: Rumi is not too enthusiastic about accompanying Baba to the sleepy village of Shankerpur, where he is planning to convert their ancestral home into a bed and breakfast. But Rumi is happy to be away from school and friends who have problems understanding Rumi’s identity.In the middle […]

Bandilanka’s Forgotten Lives

Author: Kamakshi Pappu Murti Publisher: Leadstart About the book: Bandilanka, a fictional village in Southern India, represents many such ones across the Indian subcontinent, still caught up in the age-old customs, and superstitions that are destructive at times. The characters in this collection have each faced some form of injustice or loss. ‘A cleaning woman’s […]

Topi Rockets from Thumba

Author: Menaka Raman Illustrator: Annada Menon Publisher: Puffin About the book: A charmingly illustrated and colourful book to inculcate interest in STEM subjects for young readers.Join Vikram Sarabhai and his scientists as they try to launch a sounding rocket in Kerala, with a little help from young Mary!The year is 1963 and India is about […]

When the World Went Dark 🏆

Author: Jane De Suza Publisher: Puffin Books About the book: You left your jokes and funny faces in my mind. You left our secrets and your knitting behind. I’m still sad. I’ll always be. I love you times infiniteeeeeeeey. You don’t mind that I can’t rhyme. I don’t know how to end this, will someone […]

Uncle Nehru, Please Send An Elephant!

Author: Devika Cariapa Illustrator: Satwik Gade Publisher: Tulika Publishers About the book: One day, when Prime Minister Nehru opened his overstuffed mail bag, out tumbled hundreds of colourfully decorated letters — from children in Japan! “We have never seen a live elephant,” they said. “Could you kindly send us one from India?” This exuberant picture […]

The Best At It

Author: Maulik Pancholy Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers India Limited About the book: Rahul Kapoor is heading into seventh grade in a small town in Indiana. The start of middle school is making him feel increasingly anxious, so his favorite person in the whole world, his grandfather, Bhai, gives him some well-meaning advice: Find one thing you’re […]

That Night

Author: Bijal Vachharajani Illustrator: Shrujana Niranjani Shridhar Publisher: Pratham Books About the book: Chaitu wakes up to loud and angry voices. The night is dark but a fire rages in the distance. Chaitu is terrified for her family, friends and home. Why are these voices so angry? What do they want? A story set in […]

The Girl Who Was a Forest: Janaki Ammal

Author: Lavanya Karthik Illustrated by: Lavanya Karthik Publisher: Duckbill About the book: Janaki dreams of a secret world, far from the rigid rules of her town. This is the story of how nature shows her the way to it.A delightfully illustrated short biography that will inspire young readers.

The Homework

Author: Ashwin Guha Illustrator: Vaibhav Kumaresh Publisher: Karadi Tales About the book: Bhattu and Kittu completely forgot that they had homework to do! Faced with the task of researching a big mammal, they decide to take a shortcut and pester their studious sister for information. In this uproariously funny story by Ashwin Guha, accompanied by […]