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What will Malli take for her uncle and his family who have come to visit? A story about the joy of simple surprises. Exuberant illustrations carry through the feel of rural Tamil Nadu. 2002: Amazing Toy of the Year Award, BabyZone.com 2002: Children’s Book Sense 76 Top Ten Pick, USA
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
Dhum dhum dhum… Dungi dances to a dhinchak beat in this foot-tapping story that will make young readers move and groove! Eye-catching visuals bring to life the dance and drama in a woolly world. 2018: Best of Indian Children's Writing: Contemporary (English)
When Salim the knife-sharpener decides to cross the jungle in search of work, he runs into a customer he didn't bargain for in his ‘wildest' dreams! Cheerful pictures liven this humorous tale that ends with a delightfully ‘sharp' twist!
Little Malathi wants to run after hens and chicks, and catch ripe yellow mangoes as they fall — but how can she, on a wheelchair? Moments and experiences from the remarkable life of disabled athlete Malathi Holla, with energetic illustrations full of warmth and cheer. 2018: Best of Indian Children's Writing: Contemporary (English)
There isn't a drop of water in the village. The desperate people set off to find a badwa who can ask the gods to send rain. And what does he tell them to do? Go home and paint! An origin story about Bhil art with stunning illustrations in the traditional pithora style.
Ma buys the perfect present for her little Tokai from a pavement hawker — a toy bird that repeats what it hears. The problem starts when Ma can't make it stop! There is mayhem in the middle of busy, busy Dalhousie Square, with a stalled bus and an angry policeman. Bright, bold pictures set off this hilarious story that captures the soul of Kolkata.
When the lights go off at the cave temples, it is quiet little Kanna who coolly leads everyone to safety. Light or no light, it makes no difference because he can't see anyway. A joyous story that inverts the notion of ‘disability' and portrays a child for whom having a visual impairment is just the way he is — and even a chance to have some fun!
Tiger cub Sultan and his Ammi have a special friend they call Junglee Bina because she loves the jungle. Bina wanders there for hours, unafraid, and taking photographs. It is these stunning photos that show Sultan's life in the Ranthambore forest, even as he tells the story of a warm relationship between a woman and the wild.
A hilarious true story of a cow with fierce eyes and a furious appetite, who chomps on textbooks, clothes and anything blue — till she gets a taste of ilish fish! Vivid photo collages are offset by light doodles in an unusual rendering. 2016: Nominated for the Crossword Book Awards – Children's Writing (English)
The life of an extraordinary man, whose questioning ‘why's led him to fight untouchability, urge Dalits to protest against the inhumanity they suffered — and finally, to help draft the Indian Constitution that would ensure equality for all. Visualised with quirky imagination, this is a story that will raise the awareness of children, and make them ask...
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.
Nikoo loves to paint. One day he reads an adventure story about the big blue sea and, as usual, picks up his paintbrush. Suddenly, he falls into his own painting! Watercolour illustrations swirl us into Nikoo's imaginary world.
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.
Little Nonnu's world revolves around her pet goat, Appaka. One day, Appaka goes missing! What will Nonnu do without her best friend? Warm, bright pictures evoke the bond between the two with affection.
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)
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)
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…