The focus here is on bilingualism – ensuring that the two languages translate each other almost literally. Which is why these are simple ‘concept’ books, where the idea is more important than the way the story is told. A great approach to teaching and learning languages.
A little girl discovers a seed. She puts it in a pot — and then begins the thrill of watching it grow. The wonder of emerging new life comes through minimal text and charming pictures. 2008: Silver Medal, Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, USA
A beginner bilingual book that very simply and visually introduces fundamental concepts. Starting at either end, the circles of identities, similarities and differences narrow down until the child finally finds himself or herself at the centre of the book.
When his mother is away and his sisters are asleep, Takdir the tiger cub decides to go off on his own. His story is told through endearing photographs and simple text.
A concept picture book that teaches little children to recognise forms around them through lines and circles. The strong, arresting pictures are inspired by folk toys. 2003: Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award, USA 2001: Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award, USA 2001: Honor Book, Society of School Librarians International, USA
Squiggles and swirls, loops and curls, diamonds and dots. . . and a small surprise! The little girl watches as her mother traces the cool, moist patterns on her palm. Then comes the waiting. . .
The adorable elephant of Ashok Rajagopalan’s runaway hit series is back! aaachooo! Kalabalooosh! Gurrburrroom! And now – KALICHA KULICHA… Gajapati Kulapati dances in the mud. KALICHALOOOOCHA… he rolls in the mud. But when it’s time for a bath, he runs away…! Top South Asian Book by Toka Box 2020
Every day Soosaiamma sets off selling things from her cart. And every day little Anbu follows the delicious smells coming from her lunchbox. Does he get anything to eat?
Simple verse captures the who’s who at the zoo and what they are up to! Minimalist illustrations with cleanlines and uncluttered scenes play up animal shapes and sizes as the little girl strolls through the pages.
One me and many friends, one pond and many fishes… So much fun in so many! A book about the one and the many in our world full of differences, with illustrations that capture that world in joyous detail.
Chikki’s mother tells her to give a message to Bitti Aunty. But Chikki is very very lazy! What does she do? Follow the feathers for a chirpy new take on ‘tweeting’!
Pranav loves to paint pictures — of flowers, cars and mountains in red, blue, green and yellow.But now his book is full! As this ‘artist-in-residence’ searches for his canvas, quirky illustrationsbring to life a favourite childhood pastime!
“My dear, it’s time for bed,” says Ma. But “Can a frog stand on its head?” wonders her little girl. Lost in a world where she must learn to fly with birds in the sky, snuggle a whale, kiss the kangaroo… she has so much to do! Sleep? Not yet!
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
Ducks, tigers, pangolins, penguins… This book introduces young readers to a variety of animals and the different ways in which they carry their young. Bold illustrations set against textured backgrounds portray the parent-child bond in a charming manner.
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.
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.