Nithya Sivashankar: The Best Indian Children’s Books of the Year

We asked some people who we know read a lot of Indian children’s and YA books to tell us about one (or more) really impressive book they read this year. We will be posting their replies over the rest of the month.

Nithya Sivashankar is an editor with Karadi Tales.


Catch that Cat! by Tharini Viswanath (Tulika)

This is one of the best Indian picture books I have read this year.* It’s a sensitively written story about a spunky, young Dip-Dip who, as the title suggests, is on a mission to catch her friend’s cat (which has a delightful name – Kaapi!). What I like about the book is the fact that the author and the illustrator do not make a big deal out of Dip-Dip’s disability. The book doesn’t patronize or preach. Dip-Dip is as naughty and fun as any other 6-year-old, and she is someone you should meet.

I’d be happy if you can sneak a mention of The White Zone** into the post!

* This was published in 2013, but the Stern Blog-master has decided to be flexible.
** This was Nithya’s first choice, but it was disqualified by the Stern Blog-master as it was not first published in India.


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