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Minimal text and lively illustrations with an edge of drama skillfully introduce young readers to the fact that those we see as predators can be under threat themselves.
One day Balu finds a basket. What does he do with it? Bright, clean pictures create a cheerful backdrop for this fruit-filled book. 2018: Best of Indian Children's Writing: Contemporary
10, 9, 8, 7 — count the children as they come leaping, riding, zooming in on cycles, scooters, rickshas… A racy counting book with a different mode of transport on every spread!
Everyone tells Laali that she's too little to do the things she wants to do. What if I were really very, very little, wonders Laali. Bold illustrations match the little girl's imagination.
Little Tsomo eats a big, steaming hot momo. And then? A mouthwatering story with watercolour pencil illustrations that conjure up the delicious savoury, and tickle tastebuds.
A bird's nest? A cow with two horns? No, it's Minu's hair and she does NOT like it! Pictures give Minu's hair a tactile feel as it spills wildly through the pages.
Do roosters sing ragas? Ruru does, but like all true artistes, discovers it after a struggle! This foot-tapping story, vibrantly illustrated, invites readers to move and sing, clap and tap along with the animated Ruru and friends. 2015: Best Indian Children's Book (0-5 years), Parents and Kids Choice Award (English)
It is pouring rain. From her window, little Anju sees familiar scenes of a rainy day — cloudy skies, umbrellas, puddles… But her curious eyes pick up other surprises too. Soft watercolours drench the pages with the mood of a wet, wet day. 2018: Best of Indian Children's Writing: Contemporary (English)
An elephant with nail polish? Illustrations that are a riot of colour zestfully capture Ranganna the elephant who loves colour and wants to paint his nails in different hues!
When will it rain, Little Frog asks his mother. When black clouds appear in the sky, she replies. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday... every day Little Frog looks out for clouds. Bold strokes and bright colours highlight the drama of the sky.
A spirited young girl begins to engage with words and pictures in this sensitively told story. Using a collage of colours, textures and drawings, the illustrations evoke Nabiya's everyday world and the world of the imagination.
When rock bees build a bee colony in Gowri's balcony, her mother asks Mr Ramaiah, a bee expert, for help. As Gowri learns about bees and the environment, the reader is drawn into a contemplative journey of discovery.
Mayor Piloo Paheliji loves to show off by asking riddles no one can answer. But someone is more than a match for him and confounds confusion by riddling him! A book that celebrates riddles with illustrations that capture all the fun.
Satya lives by the Ganga, and longs to row her own boat. One night, she drifts away into a dreamy, watery world on a paper boat! A magical story with luminous illustrations. 2019: Best of Indian Children's Writing: Contemporary Award (English)
Happiness has begun to leak out of the world… One old woman decides something has to be done, and the wind tells her to go to a certain fish in a green-green lake. A magical book from a Gond storyteller and a Gond artist.
Dip Dip looks everywhere for her friend's lost cat. And when it finally climbs up a tree and can't come down, the only thing to do is…? Exuberant illustrations capture the spirited little girl for whom being on a wheelchair stops her from nothing! 2018: Best of Indian Children's Writing: Contemporary (English)