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Ammu and her friends haven’t heard That bags get stuck in the guts of birds... So when she leaves her plastic bottle boat to bob its way from stream to sea, Ammu has no idea what dangers she has set adrift. She doesn’t know that her boat might end up in the belly of a whale. Or that there’s a fish or seal about to eat its very last meal of a plastic cap...
Bumoni’s big backyard, just outside the Kaziranga National Park, is bursting with banana trees. But one night, a herd of wild elephants crosses the river, discovers the trees, and gorges on them… What will Bumoni’s family do now?
Gulab’s classmates call her ‘Stinky Gulab’, and it’s not because she smells. Her father is a manual scavenger — he is made to clean drains and gutters with his bare hands, even today! “Why do you do it?!” asks Gulab angrily. With a determination to help him, and a little help from science, she takes the first bold step towards change.
An Uncle From Far Away comes to little Amiya’s school in Gurez, Kashmir, and shows her class a storybook with beautiful pictures. Amiya is fascinated! Now, they must build a library, he says. But how? Amiya finds a way, as stories flow over steaming cups of pink noon chai and buttery kulchas!
One day, when Prime Minister Nehru opened his overstuffed mail bag, out tumbled hundreds of colourfully decorated letters — from children in Japan! “We have never seen a live elephant,” they said. “Could you kindly send us one from India?” This exuberant picture book takes readers across land and sea to tell how Indira, Ambika, Murugan and others became...
Whose colour is GREEN, RED, YELLOW, BLUE…? A little boy asks and sets off a tussle over who owns which colour, as the sun watches the fun! Top South Asian Book by Toka Box 2020 Selected for PFC- VoW 2021 Longlist for Children's Writing/ Picture Books
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. . .
From a childhood around music to the highs of a performer who took the tabla to the world, this joyous story introduces children to the musical genius, whose busy fingers and flying curls make him the inimitable Zakir Hussain. Selected for the Tata Trust's Parag Honour List 2021 Also available in limited edition English hardcover
A toddler captivated by patterns to a young man matching the best minds in Cambridge… Following his singular fascination with numbers, this book brings to children the story of brilliant mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan! 2020 Neev Book Award Winner in the Emerging Readers category (English)
Ammi weaves the most beautiful sarees, but never gets to wear any of them! Her two little daughters decide to do something about it – break their piggy bank… Selected for the Tata Trust's Parag Honour List 2021
Pouting and shouting – that’s what Anya has been doing ever since her baby brother came along. Because he is a “special child”, her mother says, and needs special care all the time. And Anya is fed up...
The wheels of a cycle, a merry-go-round, a spinning top… Kayu lives in his own quiet world filled only with circles and the patterns they make. One day, he sees a cricket ball spin and curve and jump before it strikes the bat… 2021 Jarul Book Award (shortlisted – English)
The gular, or cluster fig, flower is very very beautiful, everyone says, and Renchu is desperate to see it. But is it red and big, pink and small, or white and shining like a star? Does it bloom during full moon in the month of Magh or of Kartik? There are many stories, all different, and only the really lucky get to see it. As she goes about her day...
Lila’s classmates have started losing their teeth. They all have many stories to tell. What happens to Lila’s loose tooth? A story every little child with shaky teeth will love!
Sometimes, ‘lots and lots and lots of rain’ is frightening — when water comes into homes and washes everything away. Big Rain was written when the author tried to explain to her three-year-old how the devastating floods in Kerala had affected family and friends and so many, many others. It talks to children through very simple text and evocative visuals,...
The first chaang, the first elephant, once had big eyes,Which the animals thought looked beautiful and wise.Then, along came a bird, a wagtail, and… Told in verse, this folktale from the Tai Phake people of India’s northeast is gentle and funny.
A cat has four legs, a dog has four legs, a chair has four legs... Four is special for Ela will be four tomorrow, and with Cat, Dog, Car and Grandma, it’s four times the fun!
Mati pesters her grandmother and father for her own plot of land in the big field. When she does get it, she works hard. And then she hears that a company wants to make a coal mine in their village – the enormous black pit that will eat up all their lands, like it has in the next village. 2018 Neev Book Award for Best Picture Book (English)
Drums beating, cymbals clashing, trumpets blowing… the town of Puri by the sea is festive. It is the day of the temple Ratha Jatra and Pria wonders why the idols of Jagannatha, Subhadra and Balabhadra are unlike any other gods she has seen. Some say that’s how Jagannatha looked when he lived deep in the forest, her grandmother tells her. And so starts...