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Hambreelmai is the first weaver, happy at her loom. One day, Sheipung the porcupine sees her exquisite cloth and wants it… What happens next is the story of how the Mishmi people of Arunachal Pradesh learnt to weave.
From the hills of Meghalaya, adventurous Ka Iew looks down at the sunny plains of Sylhet and challenges her sister Ka Ngot to a race. Who reaches first? A Khasi folktale, with luminous illustrations that evoke the landscape.
Ari may be shy, but he knows he will make a wonderful lion in the class play. When he is neither noticed nor chosen, what does he do? Bold, kitschy pictures capture Ari's transformation into a roaring, growling lion!
Little i hops out of the computer to play, but her friends are too busy. So she decides to have her own fun — zapping letters and making them disappear! Bold typography adds zing to a story that will keep young minds tickled and ticking.
Irfan writes a story on the sand. So do Shaan, Thanh, Wang and many other children. These are washed away by waves, churned in the oceans and left on other sands, where other children listen to them…
After his big-big sneeze, Gajapati Kulapati is back with a SPLASH! Like the very popular first book, sounds, rhythm, and repetition make this too a perfect read aloud for little ones.
Ira does happy backflips in the calm Chilika Lake. But she and the other friendly Irrawady dolphins must be mindful of hidden dangers all around. Rare photographs bring us up close to these endangered animals and their plight.
Kukku falls asleep to his favourite story about the giant Kumbhakarna who sleeps non-stop for six months. A lively retelling of an episode from the Ramayana, with rib-tickling pictures. 2014: Best Indian Children's Book (0-5 years), Parents and Kids Choice Award (English)
Everyone has their own story of Gandhi — and in this book a Warli artist, a storyteller and an animation filmmaker come together in a unique collaboration to bring a very visual story of Gandhi to children. 2016: Children's Choice Award, Young India Books (English) 2014: Excellence in Book Production, Darsana National Awards (English)
A bird's nest? A cow with two horns? No, it's Minu's hair and she does NOT like it! Pictures give Minu's hair a tactile feel as it spills wildly through the pages.
Little Tsomo eats a big, steaming hot momo. And then? A mouthwatering story with watercolour pencil illustrations that conjure up the delicious savoury, and tickle tastebuds.
A spirited young girl begins to engage with words and pictures in this sensitively told story. Using a collage of colours, textures and drawings, the illustrations evoke Nabiya's everyday world and the world of the imagination.
Do roosters sing ragas? Ruru does, but like all true artistes, discovers it after a struggle! This foot-tapping story, vibrantly illustrated, invites readers to move and sing, clap and tap along with the animated Ruru and friends. 2015: Best Indian Children's Book (0-5 years), Parents and Kids Choice Award (English)
Dip Dip looks everywhere for her friend's lost cat. And when it finally climbs up a tree and can't come down, the only thing to do is…? Exuberant illustrations capture the spirited little girl for whom being on a wheelchair stops her from nothing! 2018: Best of Indian Children's Writing: Contemporary (English)
Happiness has begun to leak out of the world… One old woman decides something has to be done, and the wind tells her to go to a certain fish in a green-green lake. A magical book from a Gond storyteller and a Gond artist.
An elephant with nail polish? Illustrations that are a riot of colour zestfully capture Ranganna the elephant who loves colour and wants to paint his nails in different hues!
10, 9, 8, 7 — count the children as they come leaping, riding, zooming in on cycles, scooters, rickshas… A racy counting book with a different mode of transport on every spread!
Everyone tells Laali that she's too little to do the things she wants to do. What if I were really very, very little, wonders Laali. Bold illustrations match the little girl's imagination.
When rock bees build a bee colony in Gowri's balcony, her mother asks Mr Ramaiah, a bee expert, for help. As Gowri learns about bees and the environment, the reader is drawn into a contemplative journey of discovery.
It is pouring rain. From her window, little Anju sees familiar scenes of a rainy day — cloudy skies, umbrellas, puddles… But her curious eyes pick up other surprises too. Soft watercolours drench the pages with the mood of a wet, wet day. 2018: Best of Indian Children's Writing: Contemporary (English)
Mayor Piloo Paheliji loves to show off by asking riddles no one can answer. But someone is more than a match for him and confounds confusion by riddling him! A book that celebrates riddles with illustrations that capture all the fun.
Satya lives by the Ganga, and longs to row her own boat. One night, she drifts away into a dreamy, watery world on a paper boat! A magical story with luminous illustrations. 2019: Best of Indian Children's Writing: Contemporary Award (English)