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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

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

When Adil Speaks, Words Dance

This sensitive and wonderful story on inclusion and friendship, and portrays empathy beautifully. Adil communicates through sign language, or as his friends see it words dancing to the and music within him. The book does not glorify Adil. Instead, it portrays him as a child who cannot hear but is able to communicate differently from other children around him. The illustrations play an enhancing role in this book.

Puffin Books by Penguin Random House India 2020 Lavanya Karthik Lavanya Karthik

Have You Met the Parsis

This book gives readers a peek into the cultural element of the Parsi community. The book also gives mention to noteworthy names of the community across various fields. The information supported by illustrations makes this book special.

Puffin Books by Penguin Random House India 2021 Anastasia Damani Anastasia Damani