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

History Hunters: Chandragupta Maurya and the Greek Onslaught

History meets science fiction meets classic adventure story in this exciting time travel tale of a group of children and an unlikely pet finding themselves in a world 2000 years ago. Bringing the era of Alexander and the Mauryan rulers alive through the eyes of the children, it is an unusual and gripping journey through history, while also keeping the pace fast and tense, until the end.

Hachette India 2022 Shruti Garodia and Archana Garodia Gupta Priya Kuriyan

Beauty is Missing

Priya Kuriyan, the illustrator-writer of this book has woven a tale around an unusual pair of heroines – a sharp and brave rural policewoman and a music-loving buffalo. Beauty, the buffalo goes missing, and Jincy, the policewoman gets down to work to find her. The beautiful illustrations tell half the story, and the tightly written text conveys the rest, subtly and hilariously. This book is a treat for both early readers as well as older children.

Pratham Books 2022 Priya Kuriyan Priya Kuriyan

The Miracle on Sunderbaag Street

This is a lovely, layered story of children’s connections with their lived environment. The story portrays the relationship between a child and an adult in a gentle manner, conveying warmth without becoming syrupy-sweet. The illustrations are evocative with each charactebeing unique in its detail, and the garden coming stunningly coming alive through the pages.


Kalpavriksh 2020 Nandita Da Cunha Priya Kuriyan

Zakir and His Tabla Dha Dhin Na

The story of Ustad Zakir Hussain’s childhood as he learns to play the tabla from his strict and famous father, Allarakha. The animated illustrations take us into the world of Indian music and we can almost hear the table beats, with young Zakir’s hands and hair flying as he plays the tabla.


Tulika Publishers 2020 Sandhya Rao Priya Kuriyan