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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Arresting black and white illustrations convey the author's own sense of wonder in this nearly wordless picture drama of two children who find themselves in a forest at night.