New Indian Kids’ and YA Books in July 2018

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

Books for younger readers

5 minute stories

5 Minute Stories
Scholastic India
Age group: 3+
Category: Fiction (English)
About the book:
 Ten delightful stories for your little ones to live through the adventures of Leo the Lion,
Gideon the Duckling, Gustave the Bear and many other endearing characters.
Perfect for bedtime reading!
Price: Rs 295


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Little Anbu
Author: Christy Shoba Sudhir
Translator: Shephalika Shekhar
Illustrator: K. P. Muraleedharan
About the book: Every day Soosaiamma sets off selling things from her cart. And every day little Anbu follows the delicious smells coming from her lunchbox. Does he get anything to eat? Amid familiar sights and sounds, this simple story about finding a friend uses playful repetition for a fun read aloud experience.
Publisher: Tulika
Age group: 4+
: Bilingual picture book (English and Hindi)
About the author: Christy Shoba Sudhir has a masters degree in social work and currently works with underprivileged children, teaching them to read and write. She is an avid reader and enjoys writing stories on simple, everyday happenings in an Indian milieu. The award-winning Maharani the Cow is her first book with Tulika.
About the illustrator: Kerala based K. P. Muraleedharan is a multifaceted illustrator who has worked for several years in the well-known Malayalam weekly Mathrubhoomi, and as a designer in Toonz Animation. Little Anbu is his third books with Tulika after A Kite Called Korika and Appaka. He won Kerala’s Balasahitya Puraskaram in 2011.
Price: Rs 165

Books for middle readers

Magicians of Madh
The Magicians of Madh
Author: Aditi Krishnakumar
About the book: Something strange is afoot at the Royal Academy of Science, Magic and the Arts …
A standing statue sits down with a meditative smile …
A demigod is caught smuggling the Nectar of Immortality into the Mortal Realm …
Traders in Madh find their goods have been turned into djinn gold …
An illegal portal into the Inter-Realm has opened and no one knows who has done it …
A strange creature has been sighted in the vaults under the Academy …
Will Meenakshi and Kalban be able to get to the bottom of it all before the creature in the vault gets too powerful to control? Or is this a cover for something much more sinister―something that will destroy the city of Madh?
Publisher: Duckbill Books
Age group: 10+
: Fiction (English)
About the author: Aditi Krishnakumar has worked in the finance industry in India and Singapore. She lives in Singapore with her husband and daughter. Her first book, A Whole Summer Long, was published in 2012. She won the Scholastic Asian Book Award, Singapore, in 2016.
Price: Rs 299

Grandpa tales

Grandpa Tales
Editor: Lalita Iyer
Illustrator: Vidya Gopal
About the book: Kindly, stern and eccentric. Loving, wise and revered. Grandfathers are a treasure! Grandpa Tales is a fresh and witty anthology with heart-warming true tales about grandpas.
Publisher: Scholastic India
Age group: 8+

Category: Fiction (English)
About the illustrator: Vidya Gopal is an illustrator based out of Bangalore. In a previous life she used to work on huge spreadsheets but now she spends time intensely gazing out of windows in search of a subject to illustrate, a story to tell.
Price: Rs 250


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Spreading Your Wings: A Health Infocomic for Girls of All Ages
Ariana Abadian-Heifetz
Illustrator: Pia Alizé Hazarika
About the book: Meet sisters Anjali and Pooja.
They have a lot of questions about the changes their bodies have begun going through and they’ve enlisted their friends, their myth-busting didi (she’s a doctor!) and their mothers in their search for answers.
Join the adventure to find out what they’ve learned!
You’ll also get:
– 110+ pages of full-colour illustrations
– Guides to help you share what you’ve learned
– Games, projects and DIY instructions to make your own pads
– A glossary of new and interesting words
Publisher: Young Zubaan
Age group: 9+
Category: Non-fiction (English)
About the author: Ariana Abadian-Heifetz is a writer, artist, and consultant on gender and sexuality, empowerment, and leadership development. She has a BA in International Relations and Political Science from Carleton College and has conducted research and work across the United States, Guatemala, and India; currently, she is developing a curriculum on self-awareness, leadership and responsible citizenship for The Heritage School, Gurgaon.
About the illustrator: Pia Alizé Hazarika is an illustrator and designer, primarily interested in comics and visual narrative. Her independent work has been published by Penguin India (The PAO Anthology), Manta Ray Comics, The Pulpocracy, COMIX.INDIA and Captain Bijli Comics as a contributor/book designer. She runs ‘PIG Studio’ and is based in New Delhi.
Price: Rs. 545


100 Greatest Sportspersons
Kalyani Mookherji
About the book: ‘Faster, higher, stronger’ is the Olympic motto. But very often the real achievement of a sportsperson is more than breaking and setting records; it is as often about overcoming personal setbacks, changing cultural mindsets and fighting gender stereotypes.
This book brings together 100 such personalities from mid-twentieth century onwards who have not only excelled in their individual fields but more importantly, chartered a new course for others to follow. Through their lives, these men and women have given us a message of inspiration and hope—inspiration to remain committed to our passion and hope that anything is possible if we work hard enough and persevere.
Publisher: Rupa
Age group: 10+
Category: Non-fiction (English)
About the author: Kalyani Mookherji is an alumnus of Jadavpur University, Kolkata. She has been a writer and educator for over ten years now. Kalyani is currently based in Wellington, Tamil Nadu.
Price: Rs 295

Author-illustrator: Ishan
About the book: Boondi is no ordinary princess. Skilled in the arts and a seasoned horse rider, she is a muse for Fatehgarh’s artists. But when there is a crisis, can she use her wit to save her kingdom?
Full of evil wizardry, magic and mystery, this beautiful fairy tale is one of a kind.
Publisher: Scholastic India
Age group: 8+
Category: Picture book (English)
About the author-illustrator: Ishan is an artist-storyteller who has illustrated and authored a number of children’s books. Ishan is fascinated with Indian mythology and fantasy. His work is influenced by ancient Indian traditional art and paintings, and folk/tribal arts.

Price: Rs 295

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Po Tricks His Foe
Sharmila Deo
Illustrator: Niloufer Wadia
About the book: This is a story about Po, a little pangolin, who sets out late one evening to look for food, only to run into some trouble.
What tricks can a pangolin play to get out of trouble? Read on and find out!
Publisher: Eklavya
Age group: 10+

Category: Fiction (English)
About the author: Sharmila Deo has always been fascinated by wildlife and likes to call herself a nature enthusiast. She loves introducing children to the world of plants and animals. She has co-authored three books and written several articles and short stories for magazines and newspapers. She works part time with two civil society organisations, Kalpavriksh and Parisar. She has initiated a conservation education programme in four ashram schools in Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary in Maharashtra and supported one in Ladakh.
About the illustrator: Niloufer Wadia worked for over twenty years as a designer and sometimes as a    copywriter in the advertising industry, before she quit her job as a creative director to return to her first love, fine art and illustration. She has illustrated over ten story books and hopes to keep illustrating for a long, long time.
Price: Rs 75


Portraits of Exile series (Homebound|Homecoming|Homeland)
Author and illustrator: 
Aaniya Asrani
About the books: A series that looks at ‘home’ and what it means to live in exile.
Age group: 10+
Category: Non-fiction (English)
Publisher: Katha
About the author: Aaniya Asrani is a mixed-media illustrator, graphic designer and traveller from Bangalore, India. She is interested in telling diverse and unheard stories, and aims to start a conversation about human condition and identity, in order to sensitise future generations about the adverse effects of large social and political movements.
Price: Rs 120

Fun with Science
Author: Sonia Mehta
About the books:
Messy Science Experiments
Did someone say to you are ‘messy’? Did that make you shy away from experimenting and finding out more? Here’s Messy Science Experiments, a book that allows you to experiment and explore Science the messy way!

Magical Science Experiments
You can do magic with these super-fun experiments. Learn the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of every experiment through Magic Science Experiments, which is designed especially for you. And enchant your friends and family with magic.

Foodie Science Experiments
Foodie Science Experiments provides hands-on experimenting using food items available at home. These amazing experiments tell you about the wonder of Science that’s occurring right in your kitchen!

Crafty Science Experiments
It’s possible to discover science the art and craft way. Crafty Science Experiments with its variety of experiments is sure to bring out the creative side of you and help you understand basic Science concepts.

Party Science Experiments
Explore the world of science through innovative experiments in Party Science Experiments. These fun tests will surely delight your guests! And there’s more! You can be the little genius and explain the Science behind it all!

Earthy Science Experiments
Have fun and discover more about planet Earth as you go through the incredible scientific experiments in Earthy Science Experiments. No special equipment required—just a curious mind!

Age group: 8+
Category: Non-fiction
Publisher: Puffin India
About the author: Sonia Mehta is a children’s writer who believes that firing up a child’s imagination means opening up a world of adventure. She has been writing for children for over two decades.
Price: Rs 199

Books for teens

Ninety-Seven PoemsNinety-seven Poems (Terribly Tiny Tales)
Author: Terribly Tiny Tales
About the bookThis is a book of pictures.
Of a park bench and a prescription. And a toothbrush in a mug. It’s got half-lit cigarettes and broken geysers. And a cute apartment in Prague. There’s a fortune cookie, some pigeons in cages and stars tumbling from the sky. There’s the usual traffic, a digital wristwatch and a violin from Uncle James. We can go on, but you’d rather see. Or read, if you may. For we think this book has pictures. But some say it’s full of poems.
After their first bestseller, Terribly Tiny Tales and Penguin come together on the same page once again.
Publisher: Penguin
Age group: 12+
Category: Poetry (English)
About the author: What started as a page on Facebook slowly became the Internet’s most loved micro-fiction platform. Now reaching millions every week, Terribly Tiny Tales continues to explore newer formats, with writers and readers from around the globe. We believe the best stories aren’t just the ones that move you while reading. They’re the ones that stay.
Price: Rs 250


Publishers who are contributing to this listing:
Amar Chitra Katha
Bee Books
Bloomsbury India
Duckbill Books
Goodearth Pvt Ltd
Hachette India
Karadi Tales
Ms Moochie Books
Pickle Yolk Books
Pratham Books
Puffin India
Scholastic India
Talking Cub
Tara Books
Tota Books
Young Zubaan

We hope to expand this list, so please do ask other publishers to send us details of their forthcoming books.


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