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In response to the needs of children growing up in a multilingual society, these books provide access to two languages at a time – Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu, Marathi, Gujarati or Bengali, paired with English. The text is deliberately simple to allow the two languages on the page to be as close as possible to each other, so one can be followed through the other.
Tiji and Cheenu like to eat different things, do different things… and they are best friends! Warm, exuberant pictures from one of the country's finest illustrators build up this universal story of friendship.
Across the room, over a table, under a chair… Anita follows a long line of ants. Where do they take her? Zestful pictures capture the curiosity of a lively little girl and introduce young readers to some simple, everyday vocabulary.
A big box, her grandparents' walking sticks… Neelu has everything she needs for her big, strong fort. But she trips and falls, and the box becomes flat! Whacky pictures take us on a colourful ride into a child's imagination. 2018: Best of Indian Children's Writing: Contemporary
Pranav wants Maya to come to his house. “Why?” Maya wants to know. Bright pictures form a cheery backdrop to a narrative that sees a house through a child's eyes, and makes a good introduction to colours.
An old favourite about teasing monkeys and an angry crocodile retold with sounds, rhythm and repetition — and double the fun, in two languages! The jaunty pictures have the touch of a skilled animator.
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
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 merry donkey sang through the night in the cucumber field, but the cucumbers couldn't bear it. Earthy illustrations in the patachitra style from Odisha energise this droll new retelling.
Yak yak yak... the tortoise loves to talk. What will it take to shut him up? The clipped narrative style is offset by detailed illustrations in the style of kalamkari textiles from Andhra Pradesh.
Big Hunter catches poor Deer in a net. Can Deer's friends help him escape? A well-loved fable about friendship and resourcefulness. With evocative art inspired by Bengal's patachitra paintings.
When a herd of elephants creates trouble in the jungle, do the little rabbits run away in fear? No! Illustrations are based on the pithora folk style of central India, deriving from cave art.