Tipu, Sultan of the Siwaliks

This research memoir attempts to capture the many facets of elephant lives in the wild. The writer gets to know elephants as individuals, and grows close to them, particularly to Tipu, the largest of them in Rajaji National Park, the area of his study. Written in a vivid, lively style, and illustrated with photographs, his book captures changes in physical and socio-cultural landscape and the escalating conflicts with humans, giving a fascinating insight into a complex co-existence of forests, animals and humans in today’s world.

an imprint of Speaking Tiger, Talking Cub 2022 Amirtharaj Christy Williams

Philosophy for Children

This unusual book attempts to banish the common perception that philosophy is not for children, though most of us can recognize that children make wonderful philosophers. The book is divided into sections where timeless and core philosophical concerns are transformed into common themes in a child’s life – seeing, thinking, reading, writing, mathematics, art, being good and learning – that they can relate to easily. The quirky illustrations animate and support the lucid text that makes philosophy contemporary, fun, relatable yet absorbing.

Jugnoo Prakashan 2021 Sundar Sarukkai Priya Kuriyan

After Midnight -A History of Independent India

An inspiring but realistic look at the triumphs and trials of the post-independence era, when this motley union of hundreds of little princely states became a nation, grew and developed, and reached a stature of no small significance in the world today. Due credit is given to all who contributed to this journey, and the narrative brings us right to the post-pandemic times, giving context to the present and hope for the future.

an imprint of Penguin Random House India, Puffin Books 2022 Meghaa Gupta Sayan Mukherjee

India’s Freedom Story

Broadening the scope of the struggle for independence that children have read in their history books, this book links the events that began in 1857 and developed and swelled into the tide that swept us to freedom in 1947. Apart from events and personalities, it also discusses the ideas, ideologies and philosophies that shaped the freedom struggle and continue to influence modern India and people and movements around the world.

HarperCollins Publishers India 2021 Ira Saxena and Nilima Sinha Arun Pottirayil

I Am So Much More

The book addresses the all-pervasive topic of skin colour in India. The delightful illustrations present a whole palette of skin tones by associating the shades to all kinds of things around us. Did you realise that biscuits come in all kinds of skin colour? The rhymes accompanying the illustrations challenge gender stereotypes, bring in unusual professions and children who dream big.

HarperCollins Publishers India 2021 Divya Thomas Ruchi Shah


A little girl, Kadalamma, learns of the secrets of the sea as she takes a shorewalk with her fisherman grandfather, Palayam. This book is illustrated with photographs of life and living on the seashore and has an insider’s view of the deep relationship that communities share with the sea and all the life in it. The sensitivity and voice of the narrative, the depth of content and excellent images make the book a wonderful example of narrative non-fiction.

Tulika Books 2022 Yuvan Aves Yuvan Aves

The Plant Whisperer

This picture book explores the journey of a young woman scientist finding her place in the world. The secrets of plants intrigue her as much as she continues to struggle with loneliness, often baffled in an unkind world. The illustrations capture the sense of her discovery that mustard plants that grew up with unrelated plants tended to help each other as much as they tell the story of her self-discovery. A book for all children who love asking questions about the world and themselves.

Pratham Books 2022 Sayantan Datta Bhavya Kumar

Chitty – A Dog and Her Forest Farm

Chitty is a dog who is taken from the streets of Pune to a life in a forest farm in the Western Ghats. We are introduced to her world at the farm, her growing years, her adventures and her deep, abiding relationship with Serow. The illustrations bring this green, wet, funny, scary world alive. The sensitive portrayal of Chitty’s passing is a mediation on the nature of life that is such a rare opportunity for children to relate to it in writing.

Kalpavriksh 2021 Serow Rajiv Eipe