Girl Power

“This book profiles the lives of 50 inspiring and legendary women – some alive, some no more. The text is easy to read and the illustrations by Niloufer Wadia are beautiful. This book presents many role models for young readers to aspire to.”


Scholastic India Pvt. Ltd. 2019 Neha J Hiranandani Niloufer Wadia


“The book takes up an idea that is important – how children cope when parents separate. This graphic novel sensitively deals with the issue and urges to build their lives moving on. The illustrations are softly bold and the child’s joys and sorrows are beautifully conveyed.”


Scholastic India Pvt. Ltd. 2019 Debasmita Dasgupta Debasmita Dasgupta

Tail Tale

“Gorgeous illustrations matched with rhythmic nonsense verse that ends up making sense and reaffirms a sense of being comfortable in one’s own body. It is a lot of fun and children will
surely like it.”


Tara Books 2019 Anushka Ravishankar Tushar Vayeda and Mayur Vayeda

The Piano- Story of a Friendship

“A graphic novel is an unusual form in children’s literature and this one uses the form well to tell a poignant story about creativity and the connection between an artist and her tools. The layering of history, with the piano being passed down to owners in different countries, is a skillful narrative device. It conveys the universality of these ideas and of human beings coping with similar issues across space and time.”

Duckbill Books by Penguin Random House India 2020 Nandita Basu Nandita Basu

Queen of Earth

“This is a brilliant historical fiction grounded in thorough research. The narrative is engaging and layered. While the focus remains on a queen ruling at a time when women were not documented in historical records, the story makes room for emotional relationships as well as complex details of lifestyle from that period.”


Duckbill Books by Penguin Random House India 2020 Devika Rangachari

Unearthed- An Environmental History of Independent India

“This book presents a range of complex environmental issues in an easy to understand manner. It frames India’s environmental challenges, from the Green Revolution to climate change, by contextualizing how Partition and the drawing of political borders impacted our environment. This rare approach sets the tone right from the beginning of the book.”


Penguin Random House India 2020 Meghaa Gupta Aditi Shastry

Friends Behind Walls

“The book talks about the charm of small towns, making new friends, repairing old friendships. The child character explains the complicated words in an organic way in the narrative – a great device that will help enhance the vocabulary of children.”


Puffin Books by Penguin Random House India 2020 Harshikaa Udasi Krishna Bala Shenoi

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

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