New Indian Kids’ and YA Books in April 2018

A list of what is is new in children’s books from Indian publishers in April 2018.
The information in this list is what is provided to us by the publishers. Details may be updated.

Picture Books


 The Insect Boy .jpgThe Insect Boy
Author:
Shobha Vishwanath
Illustrator:
Monami Roy
About the book: Creepy crawlies and winged insects disturb baby Roy. Bitten, stung and harassed, Roy grows up to dislike them. But one day, things change and Roy sees the world of insects in a different light.
Age group: 4+
Publisher: Karadi Tales
Category: Picture books (English)
About the author: Shobha Viswanath is the co-founder and publishing director of Karadi Tales Company and has authored over 25 books for children.
About the Illustrator: Monami Roy is an illustrator, visual essayist and backpacker from Mumbai. Her art and constant travels are deeply intertwined with one another.
Price: Rs 499

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Maths at the Mela

Author: Kavitha Mandana
Illustrator:
Nirzara Verulkar
About the book: Leelu is at the fair with her class of 36 students. But Sir needs to keep counting them to see how many tickets to buy and to make sure no one is lost. Is there an easier way to count to 36 instead of 1,2,3…? The concept of tables is introduced through a story about counting in groups.
Age group: 5+
Publisher: Pratham Books
Category: Picture book (English)
About the author: Kavitha Mandana has written several books for children including Tenali Raman; Akbar, The Mighty Emperor; Trapped and No. 9 On the Shade Card. Her picture book A Pair of Twins (Karadi Tales) was among the Top 10 on the Amelia Bloomer List in 2015. Her short stories feature in various anthologies and textbooks.
About the illustrator: Nirzara Verulkar is an artist, animator and storyteller. She writes stories for children and young adults. Her virtual studio ‘Drawing Chime Illustration’ has created six children’s books so far. Two of her books have been selected for Asian Festival for Children’s Content. Nirzara is also a yoga teacher and aspires to meld illustration with yoga.
Price: Rs 40

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Author: Nalini Sorensen
Illustrator:
Prashant Soni
About the book: Gia’s Papa has signed up for the marathon. As he buys clothes and fancy gadgets to match his new hobby, Gia’s grandmother becomes his biggest cheerleader. She even has a camcorder ready for race day. Does Papa lose steam as the marathon approaches, or does he manage to cross the finish line after all?
Written by Nalini Sorensen and paired with Prashant Soni’s cheerful illustrations, this lighthearted story is about fitness goals that go awry, and the unflagging faith of family.
Age group: 7+
Publisher: Karadi Tales
Category: Picture book (English)
About the author: Nalini Sorensen is a children’s author who loves spending time with kids and looking at the world with wonder through their eyes. Her book Dada’s Useless Present, also from Karadi Tales, won the Jarul Book Award in 2018.
About the illustrator: Prashant Soni lives in Udaipur, Rajasthan and has been an illustrator for the past few years. He enjoys nature and places of historical interest. Papa’s Marathon is his first book with Karadi Tales.
Price: Rs 250

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Vibhuti Cat

Author: Shikhandin
Illustrator:
Shubham Lakhera
About the book: Magesh is different from other children. He’s no good with words. And when he’s misunderstood he gets upset and his movements get jerky. But there are two things he loves: playing with his brother Vignesh, and his Vibhuti Cat. But what will happen when Magesh starts going to school? Will he take Vibhuti Cat along?
Age group: 5+
Publisher: Duckbill
Category: Picture book (English)
About the author: Shikhandin lives closer to the clouds now that her first book for children has been published. All the floors below were already occupied. Her book Immoderate Men was published by Speaking Tiger Books. She’s received some prizes, mentions and accolades for her stories and poems but doesn’t wear that cap because it itches.
About the illustrator: Shubham Lakhera is in his final year of BFA at the Govt Institute of Fine Arts in Gwalior and has been training and illustrating with the Riyaaz Academy in Bhopal. He has illustrated books for Child Fund India, Konkani Bhasha Mandal, Room to Read and NCERT. He has also worked for children’s magazines Chakmak and Pluto.
Price: Rs 299

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Author: Soumitra Ranade, Rudradutt Ranade
Illustrator: Ambika Sambasivan

About the book: Raghunath boards a train from Mumbai to Vajraghat and shares his compartment with a stranger. Raghunath’s curiosity is piqued when the mysterious stranger starts speaking in numbers.

This original story by Soumitra Ranade and Rudradutt Ranade features three alternative endings by Sonali Arun Bhatia, Archana Rao-D’Cruz, and Mira Desai. Illustrated stylishly in pen-and-ink by Ambika Sambasivan, 8563 is a delightful mystery for all readers.
Age group: 7+
Publisher: Karadi Tales
Category: Picture book (English)
About the authors: Soumitra Ranade is an art director, illustrator, and filmmaker whose films have been screened internationally, including at Cannes. He works in the animation industry.
Rudradutt Ranade is a student majoring in Creative Writing at Srishti Institute of Art Design and Technology, Bangalore. He has written several short stories and a graphic novel.
About the illustrator: Ambika Sambasivan found her love for children’s illustration quite by accident. She is rather old-school – drawing and inking by hand and creating collages using craft paper. She is also the co-founder of Yali Books, an independent publishing venture, where she is the chief puzzle maker, graphic designer and marketing maven.
Price: Rs 250

Treasure at the Train Station Cover_LRTreasure at the Train Station: An Adventure in Mumbai 
Author:
Joeanna Rebello Fernandes 
Illustrator:
Rituparna Sarkar & Hitesh Sonar
About the book: What do you see when you visit Victoria Terminus, aka Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, the grandest railway station in India? Trains? People? Animals? Here’s a magical story set in a railway station in Mumbai that takes young readers on a wild ride with a lively bunch of characters – the animal sculptures on the station’s walls. Meet the monkeys, mongeese, owls and egrets who spring to life every night to chat, run races and even a foil a robbery! At the heart of the book is also a missing jewel, a grandfather, his twin grandchildren, and the fabulous city of Bombay. Like parallel railway tracks, both stories begin and end at the station, meeting in wonderful twist of fate.
Age group: 8+
Publisher: Goodearth Books
Category: Picture books (English)
About the author: Joeanna Rebello Fernandes has worked as a journalist for several years. She calls Bombay home, even though she lives in Gurgaon. This is her first story for children. She believes old buildings are the quickest way to time-travel.
About the Illustrator: Rituparna Sarkar is the founder-director of the visual communication studio Bombay Design House. A graduate from the National Institute of Design, she likes to sketch and paint the classical way – pencil to paper, finishing it off digitally. Hitesh Sonar is a graphic artist and illustrator with BDH. Sketching is his first love.
Price: Rs 450

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The Truth About the Tooth
Author: 
Maria L. Denjongpa
Illustrator:
Chetan Sharma
About the book: 
All Tashi’s aging mother wants is a memento from Sarnath, the land of the Buddha’s first teachings. But year after year, on his travels to Benares, her son forgets to bring something back for her. One year, having forgotten again, Tashi picks up an old tooth off the ground near his house and presents it to his mother as the Buddha’s tooth.
Maria L. Denjongpa retells this Tibetan folktale with remarkable insight, while Chetan Sharma’s illustrations capture the beauty of Kalimpong. The result is a magnificent story about the power of love and faith.
Age group: 4+
Publisher: Karadi Tales
Category: Picture book (English)
About the author: Maria L. Denjongpa grew up in Massachusetts and attended Brown University where she met her Sikkimese husband. She is one of the founders of Taktse International School in Sikkim, where she is also an English teacher.
About the illustrator: Chetan Sharma is the founder of Animagic India, one of India’s most reputed independent animation studios. He effortlessly dons many hats – filmmaker, animator, writer, designer, and voiceover artist. He has directed and produced two feature-length animated films.
Price: Rs 399

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The Great Storyteller
Author: Ken Spillman
Illustrator: Manjari Chakravarti
About the book: Every day Maya, Arun and Chi gather near the Tree of Life with other forest creatures to listen to The Great Storyteller. One day The Great Storyteller becomes ill and then the stories stop. Sadness descends on the forest and everything seems dull until the animals decide to fill their world with imaginings. A gentle, charming tale of loss, recovery and the restorative power of creativity.
Age group: 5+
Publisher: Scholastic India
Category: Picture book (English)
About the author: With more than 70 books to his name, Ken Spillman is one of Australia’s most prolific and versatile authors, editors and critics. He has tackled both fiction and non-fiction, winning and being shortlisted for numerous prizes.
About the illustrator: Manjari Chakravarti was born in 1963 She obtained a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from Kala Bhavan, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan.  She works in diverse mediums and uses innovative techniques, be it papier-mâché, acrylic, paper constructions or pen-and-ink.
Price: Rs 250

Sadiq Wants to Stitch coverSadiq Wants to Stitch
Author: Mamta Nainy
Illustrator: Niloufer Wadia
About the book: Sadiq loves stitching colourful patterns on rugs. However, his Ammi reminds him that boys in his community don’t stitch, they tend to the livestock. But Sadiq is determined to pursue his passion.

This winsome tale that defies gender norms and talks about a fading shepherd craft of Kashmir, is beautifully written by Mamta Nainy, and illustrated through watercolour vistas by renowned artist Niloufer Wadia.
Age group: 5+
Publisher: Karadi Tales
Category: Picture book (English)
About the author: Mamta Nainy spent some years in advertising before a rotten apple fell on her head while she was sitting under a mango tree, and she had her Eureka moment. Now all she does is write for children, devour books and cupcakes, play with a yo-yo, and write some more.
About the illustrator: Niloufer Wadia quit her 20-year career in advertising to follow her passion – illustration and painting. She works in traditional and digital media. This is her seventh picture book and while it has gone well so far, she believes she has miles to go, and much to learn.
Price: Rs 399

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Thukpa For All
Authors: 
Praba Ram & Sheela Preuitt
Illustrator:
Shilpa Ranade
About the book: Tsering can’t wait to taste his grandmother’s delicious noodle soup. He invites a string of friends and neighbours home. But as preparations get underway, there is a power cut and the house is plunged into darkness. Will Abi be able to put together the much-anticipated thukpa?Told from a blind child’s perspective, this tale by Praba Ram and Sheela Preuitt is accompanied by Shilpa Ranade’s stunning illustrations.
Age group: 5+
Publisher: Karadi Tales
Category: Picture book (English)
About the authors: Praba Ram & Sheela Preuitt love stories of all sorts. When they are not seeking wisdom from their fuzzy-tailed feline friends, their other purr-suits include concocting soups from varied cuisines, growing seasonal vegetables, and supporting childhood literacy in their community.
About the illustrator: Shilpa Ranade is an Animator and Illustrator. She is a Professor in the Animation programme at IDC School Of Design, IIT Mumbai. She works in the area of creating content for children and has illustrated numerous books for leading publishers and has been making animated films.
Price: Rs 399

 

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Under the Invisibility Cloak

Author: Varsha Joshi
Illustrator:
Radhika Tipnis
About the book: What would you do if you had an invisibility cloak? For one, playing hide-and-seek would be great fun. But is anyone making invisibility cloaks? Or do they exist only in science fiction and fantasy stories? Arnav and Tanisha head to the library to find out. Let’s follow them quietly – they can’t see us, we are invisible in their world.
Age group: 8+
Publisher: Pratham Books
Category: Picture book (English)
About the author: Dr Varsha Joshi has a Ph.D. in physics and has written many books on science in everyday life in Marathi. One such book is on textile science. Her story Why Does a Poori Puff Up? has been published by Pratham Books.
About the illustrator: Radhika Tipnis, a freelance visual designer, has a master’s degree in visual communication. She has a keen interest to develop content for children and has worked on eLearning courses, multimedia CDs and iPad applications.
Price: Rs 45

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The Case of the Stolen Smells

Author: Pankaja Srinivasan
Illustrator:
Satwik Gade
About the book: Raju has a humble lunch every day. One day, he discovers the delicious smell of yummy bajjis coming from Babu’s stall. He soon starts to have the most wonderful lunch – purely in the form of smells! But when Babu figures out what he is doing, he demands payment for these smells. How will Raju manage to pay for smells? A feast for the senses, this book by Pankaja Srinivasan is illustrated by Satwik Gade.
Age group: 5+
Publisher: Karadi Tales
Category: Picture book (English)
About the author: Pankaja Srinivasan has been a journalist for thirty years. She has worked with Indian Express and India Today, and is currently the Senior Deputy Editor heading the MetroPlus edition in The Hindu, Coimbatore. She enjoys food, travel, and listening to Hindi film music.
About the illustrator: Satwik Gade is an artist and designer. He is the co-founder of a creative studio that services music bands and theatre groups.
Price: Rs 250

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The Tale of Babban Hajjam
Author:
Ira Saxena
Illustration:
Mayukh Ghosh
About the book: Babban Hajjam is curious to know why barbers who go to the palace to give the king a haircut never return. When it is his turn to be summoned, Babban gets his answer. Will Babban stay out of trouble by keeping his incredible discovery under wraps, or does the secret unravel and seal his fate?
Ira Saxena infuses mystery and laughter into this classic Indian folktale, and Mayukh Ghosh’s larger-than-life illustrations make this book a visual treat.
Age group: 5+
Publisher: Karadi Tales
Category: Picture book (English)
About the Author: Ira Saxena is a child psychologist, writer, and critic of children’s books. She is the recipient of Shankar’s Silver Medal for Writing in 1996 and White Raven’s recognition in Germany in 2000.
About the Illustrator: Mayukh Ghosh hails from Kolkata and has a degree in Visual Arts from Maharaja Sayajirao University. He has been a freelance illustrator for the last three years and has had experience working as a textbook illustrator. He loves to travel and always takes his sketchbook along with him when he does.
Price: Rs 399

Varsha's Varnasi
Varsha’s Varnasi
Author:
Chitra Sounder
Photographs and design:
Soumitra Ranade
About the book: In the first of the City Series, author Chitra Soundar captures the flavour of Varanasi through Varsha, a young girl out in search of her father. Follow Varsha as she skips past the ghats by the river Ganges, and hurries through the narrow alleys of this timeless city.
Page after page, Varanasi unfolds through the striking photo collages by Soumitra Ranade. The breathtaking story and pictures take you to this beautiful, ancient, and eternal Indian city.
Age group: 5+
Publisher: Karadi Tales
Category: Picture book (English)
About the uuthor: Chitra Soundar was born in Chennai, India and resides in London, United Kingdom. She loves to retell folktales, legends and ancient tales from the Indian sub-continent. She has written over 20 books for children aged 3 to 10 years old including the popular Farmer Falgu series for Karadi Tales.
About the photographer: Soumitra Ranade is an art director, photographer, illustrator, and filmmaker whose films have been screened internationally, including at Cannes. He works in the animation industry. He has written two books for children, both of which take inspiration from his sons’ overactive imaginations.
Price: Rs 699

Something's Moving coverSomething’s Moving
Author:
Daya Subramanian
Illustrator:
Anusha Sundar
About the book: Would you like to swing like a monkey, gallop like a horse, or leap like a frog? This children’s book in verse by Daya Subramanian introduces different movements of animals, while the dynamic text and beautiful illustrations in Indian folk art style by Anusha Sundar bring the birds and animals to life.
Age group: 3+
Publisher: Karadi Tales
Category: Picture book (English)
About the author: Daya Subramanian lives in Chennai, India and works as an editor. She has a Master’s in Publishing from Oxford Brookes University where her thesis focused on children’s publishing in India. She occasionally writes for The Hindu in the children’s literature section.
About the illustrator: Anusha Sundar is a fresher to the world of book publishing and graduated from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Bengaluru. With a background in communication design, she is interested in visual storytelling and narration that enables a message to reach a large audience in the most effective way. Price: Rs 399

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The Brave Parrot
Author and illustrator: Chinna Chilaka

About the book: In this graceful adaptation of a Jataka tale by Chinna Chilaka, a raging fire threatens to burn down a forest. All the animals and birds flee in fear, except for one brave little parrot. Is the courage of one small bird enough to save a forest?

The simple and unpretentious illustrations are the result of a drawing workshop conducted at Isha Home School in Coimbatore with children aged between 6 and 8.
Age group: 4+
Publisher: Karadi Tales
Category: Picture book (English)
About the author: Chinna Chilaka based out of Coimbatore. This is her first book for Karadi Tales. This is the first of a collaborative series of books between the Isha Foundation and Karadi Tales. The story and the illustrations emerge from an art workshop.
Price: Rs 399

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Fooled You

Author: Debashish Majumdar
Illustrator: Niloufer Wadia
About the book: It’s April Fool’s Day and Rina’s got just one thing on her mind – not to get April Fooled. But can she pull it off? Have the last laugh with this delightful story and fun-filled illustrations that will charm readers of all ages.
Age group: 4+
Publisher: Scholastic India
Category: Picture book (English)
About the author: Debasish Majumder hails from a middle class family in Kolkata. Since his childhood, he has been obsessed with the English language and its literature. This obsession drove him to write, with an aim to uphold the voices of the downtrodden to the larger section of people across the world, poems, articles and stories in English.
About the illustrator: Niloufer Wadia was an advertising professional who quit her job to focus completely on her art.
Price: Rs 250

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Fetch that Colour

Author: Shobha Viswanath
Illustrator: Deepa Chordia
About the book: Rosa, Gulla and all their cousins are getting ready for an exciting game with Uncle Vasu. They have to fetch an object in the colour Uncle Vasu calls out. Would you like to play too?
The Rosa Gulla series introduces early-learning concepts to children. With cheerful illustrations and relatable characters, this book introduces children to colours.
Age group: 2+
Publisher: Karadi Tales
Category: Picture book (English)
About the author: Shobha Viswanath is the co-founder and publishing director of Karadi Tales Company and has authored over 25 books for children.
About the illustrator: Deepa Chordia has a postgraduate degree in Visual Communication from IDC (Industrial Design Center). Her interests lie in animation, visualization, illustrations, concept art, handicrafts, printing, and weaving.
Price: Rs 399

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Let’s Roll Out a Circle

Author: Shobha Viswanath
Illustrator: Deepa Chordia
About the book: Rosa, Gulla, their cousins, and uncles are going to make rotis with Amma. But can any of them get the correct shape? See if you can identify the shapes of their rotis.
The Rosa Gulla series introduces early-learning concepts to children. With cheerful illustrations and relatable characters, this book introduces children to colours.
Age group: 2+
Publisher: Karadi Tales
Category: Picture book (English)
About the author: Shobha Viswanath is the co-founder and publishing director of Karadi Tales Company and has authored over 25 books for children.
About the illustrator: Deepa Chordia has a postgraduate degree in Visual Communication from IDC (Industrial Design Center). Her interests lie in animation, visualization, illustrations, concept art, handicrafts, printing, and weaving.
Price: Rs 399


amuchiThe Ammuchi Puchi
Author:
Sharanya Manivannan
Illustrator: Nerina Canzi
About the book: When Anjali and I were really little, we were sort of afraid of our grandmother, Ammuchi . . .

Aditya and Anjali love listening to their grandmother’s stories, particularly the scary one about the ghost in the tree. But the night their grandmother passes away, all her stories seem to lose their meaning. Then something happens that is more mysterious and magical than any story. Could their grandmother still be with them after all?

Stunningly illustrated and told in gorgeous poetic prose, this is a poignant and moving story about bereavement and healing.
Age group: 5+
Publisher: Puffin India
Category: Picture book (English)
About the author: Sharanya Manivannan is an award-winning writer based in India. Her fiction, poetry and essays have been widely published internationally, and she was specially commissioned to write and perform a poem at the 2015 Commonwealth Day Observance in London in front of Her Majesty the Queen. The Ammuchi Puchi is Sharanya’s first picture book. Her recent books for adults include The High Priestess Never Marries and The Altar of the Only World.
About the illustrator: Nerina Canzi is an award-winning Argentinian illustrator with a degree from National School of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires. Nerina has illustrated for publishing houses around the world and lived and worked in Italy, Spain and Argentina. In 2015, she won the prestigious Premio Nacional y Latinoamericano de Literatura Infantil y Juvenil award (The National and Latin American Prize for Children’s and Young People’s Literature) and was selected for the VI Salón de Ilustración IMAGENPALABRA (The Sixth Illustration Exhibition by IMAGENPALABRA) in Colombia.
Price: Rs 199

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The Clever Tailor
Author: 
Srividya Venkat
Illustrator: Nayantara Surendranath
About the book: Rupa Ram is a famous but poor tailor with an unfulfilled dream – to stitch something for his own family. So, when he receives a gift of a brand new saafa, he is inspired to do just that!
At the heart of this touching tale is a generous man who uses his imagination and creativity to do right by his family. With delightful illustrations by Nayantara Surendranath, this book is Srividhya Venkat’s charming Indian adaptation of a European folktale.
Age group: 5+
Publisher: Karadi Tales
Category: Picture book (English)
About the author: Srividya Venkat hopped, skipped and jumped careers before she found her most cherished one – writing for children. She also engages in storytelling to spread the love of books and stories.
About the illustrator: Nayantara Surendranath is a visual artist, illustrator, and animator. She graduated from Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology with a diploma in Animation and Visual Effects. She primarily works with dry pastels, charcoals, inks, and watercolour pencils. She also teaches art as a medium of self-exploration.
Price: Rs 399

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Just One Paisa
Author:
Nadine D’souza
Illustrator: Amrita Pokarna
About the book: Raja Dhomak is rather foolish. He wants the kingdom of Muruda to be rich, and thinks the best way to do that is to keep all the kingdom’s money in his treasury! But his people suffer without any money, until little Lakshmi comes up with an idea.
Narrated with zeal by cricketer Rahul Dravid, this mathematical folktale retold by Nadine D’souza is illustrated charmingly by Amrita Pokarna. Exciting title music by Shankar-Ehsaan- Loy and a background score with foot-tapping numbers by 3 Brothers & a Violin make this audiobook an unforgettable
experience.

Age group: 5+
Publisher: Karadi Tales
Category: Picture book (English)
About the author: Nadine D’souza is a writer from Mumbai who has written for various publications on subjects such as music, animation, and digital media. She loves a good story and when she is not reading or listening to one, she is busy weaving some of her own.
About the illustrator: Amrita Pokarna is an Illustrator and Visual Designer. She did her Master’s degree in Design and Visual Communication at the Industrial Design Centre of the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai in 2009, and has studied Communication Art & Design at the Royal College of Art, London.
Price: Rs 275

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The Crocodile’s Tail
Author: 
Sayoni Basu
Illustrator: Manasi Lamba
About the book: Kumeer the crocodile wants to eat a jackal for dinner, and bullies his friend Nandu the crab into helping him. Can the hungry crocodile and his meek friend succeed in outsmarting the cleverest animal in the forest? Illustrated by Manasi Lamba, this adaptation of an old folktale by Sayoni Basu will have you laughing out loud.
Age group: 4+
Pubisher: Karadi Tales
Category: Picture book (English)
About the author: Sayoni Basu has worked in children’s publishing for several years as an editor. She lives in Gurgaon with her son and dog.
About the Illustrator: Manasi Lamba graduated from Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore India, with a Professional Diploma in Visual Communication Design. She loves playing with colour, form, and typography with attention to detail and intricacies.
Price: Rs 250


Chapter Books

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Who Drives the Driverless Car?

Author: Vidya Pradhan
Illustrator:
George Supreeth
About the book: Story time! Paati is here for the summer and Suvi wants to make the most of it. As her grandma starts describing the Pushpaka Vimana, Suvi wonders if it’s like a driverless car, which drives you safely to any destination you name. Buckle up, enjoy the ride!
Age group: 8+
Publisher: Pratham Books
Category: Picture book (English)
About the author: Vidya Pradhan is a freelance writer and editor in Palo Alto, California. She teaches English to native Spanish speakers and volunteers as a tutor in local schools. She loves word games and is learning Spanish. She enjoys reading and watching science fiction and dreams of having first contact with an alien species someday!
About the illustrator: George Supreeth is a design educator and co-founder of Playjam, a community focused on play-based learning in early childhood. In his spare time, he works on his comic book, plays ‘claws vs exposed forearm’ with a cat called Spock and counts the new leaves on the spinach he plants.
Price: Rs 45

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Author: Shruthi Rao
Illustrator:
Lavanya Naidu
About the book: Jahan’s best friend Susie has a lisp. The boys in the park tease her and call her Thoothie and the kids at school laugh at her. Fed up, Susie decides to stops speaking. What is Jahan to do with a best friend who won’t speak?
Age group: 7+
Publisher: Duckbill Books
Category: Fiction (English)
About the author: Shruthi Rao studied to be an energy engineer and worked as a software professional until her story-gobbling-monster-daughter pulled out the writer lurking inside her. She writes for both adults and children, and is a freelance editor. She loves books, science, trees, desserts, hikes and the internet.
About the illustrator: Lavanya Naidu is an animator and illustrator. She has loved cartoons since she was four, and currently spends her time brewing stories and bringing them to life in her animation as well as illustrations. She has worked with Google, Amazon, WWF, TEDx, Cartoon Network, Otataa, Godrej, Tinkle and a number of Children’s publishing houses. In her free time she talks to dogs, learns new languages and plays the ukulele.
Price: Rs 175

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Who’s on Divya’s Map?

Author: Rohan Jahagirdar
Illustrator:
Smitha Shivaswamy
About the book: Divya is excited that her cousin Ravi is going to come to Gajapur soon. But she is not sure how he will find her house. Would a map help?
Age group: 7+
Publisher: Pratham Books
Category: Picture book (English)
About the author: Rohan Jahagirdar grew up reading books by R K Narayan, Richmal Crompton and P G Wodehouse. After finishing college, he worked on a research project aimed at replicating Sugata Mitra’s Hole in the Wall project at a government school in Rourkela. He is the co-founder of a financial technology startup in Bengaluru.
About the illustrator: Smitha enjoys traveling, sketch-journaling and collecting dead bugs. She has co-founded Ideasutra, a design firm solving problems in early childhood education, as well as PencilJam, a nationwide community of sketch journalists and artists. Smitha trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and, in her spare time, finds ways to train her cat to wait for dinner.
Price: Rs 45

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Mira the Detective

Author: Pavithra Sankaran
Illustrator:
Vandana Singh
About the book: An antique watch is stolen…
Packets of Mayamix are destroyed…
A neighbour goes missing…
Something fishy is going on and Mira the detective will get to the bottom of it!
Age group: 7+
Publisher: Duckbill Books
Category: Fiction (English)
About the author: Pavithra grew up a gluttonous reader and, according to people who have to live with her, she continues to be one. She reads everything, even the crumpled, oily newspapers roadside bajjis are wrapped in. She also eats nearly anything and almost always wants more. She likes trees, animals and slightly mad people. She lives in a house where toothbrushes, combs and shoes that belong to no one keep appearing at regular intervals.
About the illustrator: A dreamer and an illustrator Vandana trained to be a pilot, a sculptor and became a film maker! A passionate animal lover she worked at WWF India for 6 years and currently lives in Delhi and works as a freelance illustrator and designer.
Price: Rs 175

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Sir M. Visvesvaraya: The Builder of Dams, Bridges and a Nation
Author: Mala Kumar
Illustrator:
Sheshadri Mokshagundam
About the book: As a child, Vishwa walked a long way to get to school. As a college student, he tutored two children to make ends meet. And as an engineer, he built dams, bridges and institutions, and the foundation for a modern India. Read this book to know how Sir M. Visvesvaraya observed the world around him, learnt from it, made bold decisions and never shied away from hard work.
Age group: 9+
Publisher: Pratham Books
Category: Picture book (English)
About the author: Mala Kumar is a journalist, and an editor at Pratham Books. Her books include the Rupaiya Paisa series (Pratham Books) and Crazy Mazy’s Maths Puzzles (Scholastic). Serendipity it was that while rearranging her bookshelves she discovered a forgotten copy of Sir M.Visvesvaraya’s book, Memoirs of My Working Life, autographed and presented to her grandfather by the great man himself.  
About the illustrator: Sheshadri Mokshagundam is an artist who started a hobby centre after retiring as a marketing consultant for a Hyderabad-based company catering to the special needs of DRDO, ISRO and other R&D organizations. He is also passionate about vintage melodies of Hindi movies and regularly helps conduct music-based events. Sheshadri is Sir MV’s great-grandnephew.
Price: Rs 45

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things
These are a Few of My Favourite Things
Author:
Ruskin Bond
Illustrator: Kunal Kundu
About the book: Want to know who’s the favourite author of your favourite author? Or what he likes to eat, the movies he likes to see, the places he likes to visit? His most memorable moments, even his most embarrassing?
This book gives you a quick peek into the favourites of one of India’s most well-known authors, Ruskin Bond. The book also includes some pages in the slam-book format for you to fill in your favourite things.
Age group: 8+
Publisher: HarperCollins India
Category: Non-fiction (English)
About the author: Ruskin Bond is one of India’s most well-known children’s writers. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1999 and the Padma Bhushan in 2014. He lives in Landour, Mussoorie.
About the illustrator: Kunal Kundu is an artist, illustrator, animator and designer all rolled into one.
Price: Rs 399


Books for Middle Grade Readers

Gita


Gita: The Battle of the Worlds
Author:
Sonal Sachdev Patel and Jemma Wayne-Kattan
Illustrator: Soumitra Ranade
About the book: When 11-year-old Dev’s father dies, he can’t stop lashing out at those he loves. Until he meets Sanjay – a sprite-like being who claims the incredible: that there is a battle raging inside Dev’s own body. Sanjay embarks on a perilous journey beginning in the darkest realm at the bottom of Dev’s spine. As he searches for the noble warrior Arjun—the only hope to defeat wicked Prince Ego—Sanjay encounters starving mobs, thieving gangs, water worlds and lands of fire, until at last he finds Arjun on the battlefield, ready to fight for Dev.
But then, Arjun hesitates …
In a transformative reimagining of this classic moment from the Gita, the battle between good and evil becomes a modern and crucial fight for Dev’s happiness, and his soul.
Age group: 12+
Publisher: HarperCollins India
Category: Fiction (English)
About the author: Sonal Sachdev Patel is a British–Indian mother with strong cultural roots. She has been a disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda for over twenty years, practising yoga and meditation every day.
Jemma Wayne-Kattan graduated from Cambridge University and obtained her PGDIP in broadcast journalism from the University of Westminster before becoming a journalist and writer.
About the illustrator: Soumitra Ranade is the founder of Paperboat Design Studios. A gold medallist from Sir J.J. School of Arts Mumbai and FTII Pune, Soumitra has been involved for the last 25 years in writing, directing and producing. Soumitra has written and designed numerous books for children.
Price: Rs 250

bagfukA Bagful of History
Author:
Subhadra Sen Gupta
About the book: Let’s take a walk to our past

As you travel through time, dine with Mughal princess Jahanara Begum; have a jugalbandi with Mian Tansen; compete with the nawabs of Chandi Chowk in a kite-flying duel; be a part of Raja Ram Mohan Roy’s fight for the girl child’s education; revolt with Indian sepoys in the Mutiny of 1857 . . . and much more!

This is a fascinating read about the unforgettable events and people in Indian history…
Age group: 9+
Publisher: Puffin India
Category: Non-fiction (English)
About the author: Subhadra Sen Gupta has written over thirty books for children, including mysteries, historical adventures, ghost stories and comic books. She is the recipient of the Sahitya Akademi’s 2014 Bal Sahitya Puraskar.
Price: Rs 250

Amrita Shergil
Amrita Sher-Gil: Rebel with a Paintbrush
Author:
Anita Vachharajani
Illustrator: Kalyani Ganpathy
About the book: An artist, a citizen of the world and a rebel, Amrita Sher-Gil was one of modern India’s first professional women artists. Determined to forge a path of her own in the world of art, she went on to become a painter of world renown. Amrita was born in Hungary, raised in India and trained in France – and she was inspired by writers, musicians and artists across geographies and time. From ancient Indian murals and miniature paintings, to medieval and modern European art, Amrita found lessons everywhere. Take a peek behind the canvas to get to know Amrita the artist, the rebel, the dreamer.
This­ Timeless Biography­ takes you on a journey through Amrita’s life and art, as wars and global events began to change the world – slowly in some ways and rapidly in others. Join Amrita and the rest of the Sher-Gil family as they travel across countries and continents in pursuit of happiness, home,­ learning and ­love.
Age group: 12+
Publisher: HarperCollins India
Category: Graphic/Non-fiction (English)
About the author: Anita Vachharajani’s stories have appeared in The Puffin Book of Bedtime Stories, The Puffin Book of Spooky Ghost Stories, and picture books such as Nonie’s Magic Quilt and Nayana and the Not-so-scary Owl. Her translations of traditional rhymes feature in The Tenth Rasa: The Penguin Book of Indian Nonsense Verse.
About the illustrator: Kalyani Ganpathy is a self-taught illustrator and art director. Kalyani illustrates for both fiction and non-fiction. She enjoys exploring the following themes: flora, fauna, gardening, travel, wellness and food. Her work has been featured in books and publications in India and abroad. She is also an organic gardener and explorer.
Price: Rs 250

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