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.
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.
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.
The smart lion thinks he can use the fox to bring him food every day. But the fox is smarter! A familiar fable with an environmental angle. The energetic illustrations draw from Gond art.
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.
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.
The pages in this unique book work in pairs, with the picture on the left suggesting stories that children can develop on their own using the verbal and visual clues on the right.
The Maldharis and the lions have coexisted peacefully for many years. Informative text and evocative photographs capture the many facets of life in the Gir forest of Gujarat.
Elephant, boat, duck... all upside down? The author plays with a creative concept, and a twist in the tale, to bring the lush ambience of rural Kerala to young children. 2010: Bal Sahitya Puraskar for Best Picture Book, Kerala State Institute of Children's Literature
Beboo, a baby sloth bear, lives in the jungle. But many other bears like him are caught by humans and made to dance on the streets for entertainment. Simple text, photographs and cartoons tell an important story.