Nature Society Series- Rajasthan

This series of beautiful booklets presents the four states through multiple dimensions. Lessons around the states can be put forth for children in a way that arouses immediate interest. The booklets go beyond information to raise environmental concerns, leading the reader to look at the text critically. It enables looking at the geographical states while being mindful of the various aspects that make it. This is an important set for children, teachers and researchers.

Eklavya 2021 Yemuna Sunny Trripurari Singh

Bena’s Summer

This is an enchanting, true-to-life saga of a large, extended Muslim family in modern day North India. Eight-year-old Bena, the apple of everybody’s eye, is a most endearing, generous, and courageous character. Bena experiences riots, death, family feuds and abuse during her visit to the old family home one summer and deals with it all, most uniquely, as only children can.

HarperCollins Publishers India 2020 Shibal Bhartiya

Strong as Fire, Fierce as Flame

This is an unputdownable book of a strong young girl finding her voice and feet in the complex changing world of 1857. What choices are available to her? What choices will she make? These questions call out to the reader as they leaf through the book. This brilliantly nuanced piece of writing challenges the single, lop-sided narrative of people and events around the mutiny immortalised in the annals of history.

Scholastic India Pvt. Ltd. 2021 Supriya Kelkar

The Blue Horse and Other Amazing Animals from Indian History

A refreshing narration of the life of popular historical characters by their animal friends. It is a well-researched text, a book of history which overcomes the heavy perception of the subject. Divided into short sections, it makes way for an easy read. If you are an animal lover, this book is for you. If you are not, you will still enjoy it and might begin to like animals and history.

Hachette India 2020 Nandini Sengupta Damini Gupta

The Teenage Diary of Abbakka- The Warrior Queen of South India

This is a gripping diary of the Princess of Tulunadu, a region rich in history. Descriptive entries give readers a peek into the lives of the Princess and the Queen of Ullal, a coastal town that resisted Portuguese trade for generations. Courage, valour, diplomacy, love and compassion come together in the story that examines what it means to be a good ruler at a time of changing economy and political crisis.

Talking Cub by Speaking Tiger Books 2020 Kavitha Mandana

10 Indian Heroes Who Help People Live With Dignity

This inspiring book is about ordinary people with extraordinary courage, about hope, compassion and perseverance of those who help others fight for their right to live with dignity. It describes issues that people in modern India face. It highlights the importance of upholding the country’s constitutional rights, now more than ever. Ten chapters are devoted to ten people who stand out for their commitment to justice and rights.

Duckbill by Penguin Random House India 2021 Somak Ghosal

A Germ of an Idea

This is a non-fiction comic book about microbes that live in the human body. It has fun facts that makes the reader wonder if germs are good or bad. The book addresses fear and notions of health hazards associated with germs, clearly demarcating good germs from bad. It is well written, easy to read and understand; can be read and enjoyed by children and adults alike.

Eklavya 2021 Charudatta Navare Reshma Barve

Gods,Giants and the Geography of India

This well-researched book on geomythology throws light on the fascinating relationship between folklore and some of the most spectacular geological formations in India. Before the advent of science, which offers a peek into nature’s cataclysmic events like volcanoes and earthquakes that shaped the earth’s crust, people spun stories and songs to explain such scary phenomena. The book marries the two in an entertaining fashion.

Hachette India 2021 Nalini Ramchandran Sharanya Kunnatha