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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

This is Where We Live

Here is a story of a day that starts sunny, turns stormy and rainy, and all this through compelling and bold sketches. The book is sure to have the reader’s heart. And it is likely that readers will return to the book, time and again, and each time find something new. The narrative has the ability to connect with the reader’s world, their days of sun, storm and rain, and who knows, it may even encourage them to pick up a pencil and start sketching!

Pratham Books 2021 Manjari Chakaravarti

Tiger, Tiger, where are you?

The book is a telling through clues of where the tiger is, as you imagine the animal roaming the jungle. It keeps the reader guessing where the big cat is, while also getting a glimpse into how you track wild fauna. The watercolour illustration is gentle, soft and warm. Children may be enthusiastic about the outdoors and animals after reading this book.

Pratham Books 2021 Mujahid Khan Manjari Chakaravarti

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