Parag Honour List is a curated collection of outstanding books in English and Hindi for children and young adults. Published annually by the Parag Initiative of Tata Trusts, this list highlights noteworthy books of the year, with brief information about each title. It is created with careful screening and multiple reviews by an independent jury, comprising experts in the children’s literature sector.

First launched in 2020 at the New Delhi World Book Fair, this is PHL’s 5th edition. For the latest edition, Parag Honour List 2024, click here. A total of 225 books and 20 publishers in English and Hindi feature across the years. These are all original poetry, fiction, and non-fiction works, organized age-wise for Early Readers, Young Readers, and Young Adults. For a complete collection of titles featured in Parag Honour List from 2020 to 2024, click here.

As a comprehensive curation, PHL aims to serve as an easy reference list for teachers, parents, and children. Parag works with schools, libraries, bookstores and literature festivals to promote access to the list and bring good-quality children’s literature closer to its readers.

Parag Honour List Books 2023

Parag Honour List 2023 brings to you a curated collection of outstanding books in English and Hindi, for children, young readers and young adults.

An initiative of Tata Trusts, the Parag Honour List, published annually, comprises of noteworthy books of the year with brief information about each title. It has been created after careful screening and multiple reviews by experts in the children’s literature sector. The list aims to promote access to good quality children’s literature that librarians, teachers, parents and children can refer to and read.

As per this year’s criteria, we received original writing in the category of early readers, young readers and young adults, in fiction, non-fiction and poetry, from 33 Indian publishers, published between October 2021 and September 2022.

We hope this list will enable a wider readership to some of the best Indian children’s books!

Children’s Publishers and Bookstores

Here is a list of some bookstores and publishers who offer good books for children.

Children’s Publishers

A list of children’s publishers pan India who publish good books for children.

Children’s Bookstores

A list of some bookstores across Indian cities where you can find good quality Indian children’s literature.

Parag New Release

Parag supports publication of original stories and translations for children across the age group of 3-16 years. The main aim is to provide access to good quality story books for children in Indian languages. A wide range and variety of books have been released through various publishers and we are happy to share an array of new stories for different age groups with you.


Supporting Children’s Publishing

A wide variety of books have been published over the last 12 years in multiple Indian languages and across age groups.

Parag Catalogue

The Parag catalogue provides a sneak peak into the books supported since 2005, their central themes and ideas. The books are categorized according to age groups and genres. However, the categorization is suggestive and their most effective usage lies in the hands of readers/story tellers/educators/parents. Books marked for ages 6+ can be read aloud to young children, while Teachers’ Resource books can be read by teens. Books are listed under one category to avoid duplication. This annotated catalogue lists the books published by the Trusts’ partners, under picture books, poems, young readers, activity Books and teachers’ resource books.

Case Studies
Children’s Literature for ALL

Opening up the world of books to children with disabilities is an important pathway to making literature and society more inclusive