Animal Alphabet

The book offers an introduction to the English alphabet. It is thoroughly enjoyable as it also shows lesser-known animals of India and in their natural habitats. It places content in context and helps children become familiar with animals that live in our country. The rhyme, illustrations and colour palette offer vibrant visuals that will get children hooked.

Tulika Publishers 2020 Manjula Padmanabhan Manjula Padmanabhan

Asamo is that You?

Most children love stories about monsters and, in this book, they encounter many kinds. The story is about a journey of being free of fear. What makes the book even more interesting is that Yumum, who encounters various monsters, remains unperturbed. The captivating illustrations support the text, lets the child’s imagination run wild and brings the adorable yet strange creatures alive.

Pratham Books 2021 Canato Jimo and Ogin Nayam Canato Jimo and Ogin Nayam

How I Feel

The book is well thought out and projects a child’s feelings and emotions accurately. It allows the reader to imagine themselves in various scenarios and ask themselves how they would feel. What makes the book unique is that it has room for readers to feel differently in the same scenario. The book has a global appeal, the text flows effortlessly and the illustrations are magnificent.

Pratham Books 2021 Varsha Seshan Gitanjali Iyer

Ikru’s first day of school

This wordless picture book speaks a million stories and is based on a theme common in the lives of most children. The book creates many stories from one. The detailed illustrations paint a real picture of the first day of school, a memorable event for most children. This is a fun book for children to engage with. Being wordless, it is accessible to several kinds of readers.

Pratham Books 2021 Sunaina Coelho

Jamlo Walks

This is the heart-wrenching story of 13-year-old Jamlo who was compelled to walk home during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown from the chilli fields of Telangana, where she picked chillies for a living, to Chhattisgarh. The story exposes stark inequalities rampant in our society and enables the reader to see the disparity. One can hope that through this book readers across age groups and geographies can learn to empathise with their fellow humans in their varied daily struggles.

Puffin Books by Penguin Random House India 2021 Samina Mishra Tarique Aziz

Our World/ Hamari Duniya

This bilingual picture book, a big book, is a fantastic portrayal of solidarity, love and compassion. The book tells us that the whole living world, the universe, is a web of life. Every being needs to support the other in the circle of life, where one is a part of many and many a part of one.

Jugnoo Prakashan 2021 Sandhya Rao Proiti Roy

Sometimes mama, sometimes papa

This is a profound story presented through a simple narrative. It unfurls a sensitive issue, following Keya, the protagonist. She faces life-altering situations of confusion, conflict, and finally finds a resolution, after an emotional upheaval. The illustrations are captivating and aptly reflect Keya’s feelings and experiences.

Puffin Books by Penguin Random House India 2021 Nandini Nayar Upamanyu Bhattacharyya

The Grand Chapati Contest

In this wacky story, a king holds a chapati contest for the fluffiest and puffiest chapati. If you love soft-fluffy-puffy chapatis, then you would know what it feels like to eat not-so-fluffy-puffy chapatis. That is what happened to the king. And if you have eaten soft-fluffy-puffy chapatis, read this book to find out what you have been missing. The illustrations brighten the story.

Duckbill by Penguin Random House India 2020 Asha Nehemiah Chetan Sharma

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