New Indian Kids’ and YA Books in October 2018

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

Picture books


1
My City, My Dogs

Author: Abodh Aras
Illustrator: Sumedha Sah
About the book: Meet the street dogs of Mumbai. The roads are their playground and they have made the city and the people their own. The pictures in this book have been created using a combination of illustrations by Sumedha Sah and photographs  by Hashim Badani.
Publisher: Pratham Books
Age group: 5+
Category
: Picture book (English)
About the author: Abodh Aras is the Chief Executive Officer of The Welfare Of Stray Dogs (WSD), an animal welfare organisation that helps street animals through sterilisation, vaccination, on-site first-aid , adoption and healthcare. Aras completed his hotel management and a management degree in marketing and left his job in the corporate sector to follow his passion for animals. He has been doing this for the past 21 years.
About the illustrator: Sumedha Sah is a self-taught Illustrator and Architect with a master’s degree in Sustainable Architecture. She divides her time between working as an Architect (Apt, Mumbai), pursuing an artist’s residency (Industrial Design Centre, IIT, Mumbai) and working as a freelance illustrator.
Price: Rs 45

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Red

Author-illustrator: Sagar Kolwankar
About the book: “I came across a photo of a boy who had survived a bombing. Covered in blood and dust he stared directly into the camera with empty eyes. I could feel the pain but would never understand what he had been through. Red is my attempt at imagining the feelings of children in war-torn parts of the world,” says Sagar Kolwankar. A strong, poignant story about how armed conflict ravages a child’s everyday, how the devastation is not just of homes and lives but also of spirit. Sagar uses the power of colour to evoke two very different emotions in the course of the narrative. Equally effective is the startling use of ripped paper, seeming to suggest the torn innocence of childhood.
Publisher: Tulika
Age group: 6+
Category
: Picture book (English)
About the author: Sagar Kolwankar has a deep interest in storytelling through comics, storybooks and novels. He believes that books are gateways to an imaginary world that everyone should visit often. Based in Mumbai, he created this book during his internship at Tulika, sparked off by a project while studying at Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay.
Price: Rs 200

2
You Can’t Find Me

Author and illustrator: Jemma Jose
About the book: Mia is the best in the world at hiding. Can you find her? A hide-and-seek book where you have to find Mia and the items on her Ma’s shopping list.
Publisher: Pratham Books
Age group: 5+
Category
: Picture book (English)
About the author: Jemma Jose is a digital artist living in Chennai who loves to bring stories to life through drawing and animation. A graduate from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, she pursued her dream of becoming a full-time freelancer in 2016. Since then, she has worked many creative folks from Chennai, Bangalore, Delhi and Bombay. Her sketchbook remains her most faithful companion and there is nothing that inspires her more than food, film and finding new facts.
Price: Rs 50


3
Farida Plans a Feast

Author: Maegan Dobson Sippy
Illustrator: Jayesh Sivan
About the book: Join Farida as she fills her tiffin box with different items of food, and meet the animal friends she makes along the way.
Publisher: Pratham Books
Age group: 4+
Category
: Picture book (English)
About the author: Maegan Dobson Sippy is a freelance writer and communication consultant, with a longstanding love for picture books. She is the co-founder of BAM! Books, which promotes children’s books with a South Asian focus. She lives in Bangalore with her husband and daughter. You can visit BAM! Books on instagram.com/bam_books.
About the illustrator: Jayesh Sivan is an illustrator based out of Trivandrum City, India. Graduated with an M.A. in Illustration from University For The Creative Arts UK, he is currently working as Visual Communication faculty with Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology. He has illustrated books for Kerala State Institute of Children’s literature (KSICL), Penguin Books and many other reputed publishing houses. As a practitioner, his projects are ranging between Illustration and Information graphics.
Price: Rs 45

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Music for Joshua

Author: Chatura Rao
Illustrator: Satwik Gade
About the book: Joshua loves music. But learning to play an instrument isn’t likely, he knows. Then one day, he hears the notes of a guitar and follows a music teacher from house to house to house… From the award-winning author of Gone Grandmother comes another endearing story that takes us into the heart of a family from the small East Indian community of Mumbai. Buoyant pictures zoom in on colourful old buildings, trellised balconies, sloping roofs and cobbled alleys to bring us the ambience of a typical ‘gaothan’.
Publisher: Tulika
Age group: 6+
Category
: Picture book (English)
About the author: Chatura Rao has written novels and short stories, and two picture books for Tulika – Nabiya and Gone Grandmother. She also leads writing workshops where children learn to make their own stories, so they continue to look for the magical in the ordinary even after they grow up.
About the illustrator: Satwik Gade is an artist and designer with a special interest in illustrations and typography. He enjoys reading books and is inspired by Indian mythology, comics and Impressionist art. His other book with Tulika is Bhimrao Ambedkar: The Boy Who Asked Why.
Price: Rs 175

4
Welcome to the Forest

Author: Bhavna Menon
Illustrator: Kavita Singh Kale
About the book: Tulsa is off to Kanha Tiger Reserve with her school friends. Along with the forest officials, the students experience the jungle in a unique and exciting way.
Publisher: Pratham Books
Age group: 8+
Category
: Picture book (English)
About the author: Bhavna Menon graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Arts from Delhi and later, moved to Mumbai to pursue her post-graduate studies in Journalism. She has been part of Last Wilderness since 2010 and is currently employed with Last Wilderness Foundation, an NGO working towards wildlife conservation as a project co-ordinator.
About the illustrator:Kavita Singh Kale is an Indian animation film maker, artist, author and illustrator. She has illustrated for a wide range of clients in adult and children’s publishing. Her work has been showcased in many National and International platforms. Kavita is the Co-founder of a studio called Underground Worm Art & Design.
Price: Rs 45


5
Kali Wants to Dance

Author: Aparna Karthikeyan
Illustrator: Somesh Kumar
About the book: All Kali wanted to do was dance. But how could he? After all, in his village, boys did not dance, especially not Bharatanatyam. A story about aspiration and believing in dreams.
Publisher: Pratham Books
Age group: 8+
Category
: Picture book (English)
About the author: Aparna Karthikeyan is an independent journalist. She writes for newspapers and magazines on rural livelihoods and everyday people. She volunteers with P. Sainath’s People’s Archive of Rural India. Aparna now writes stories and books for small and big people. She lives in Mumbai with her husband, daughter and dog.
About the illustrator: Somesh Kumar co-runs By Two Design with his friend and colleague Hazel Karkaria. He is a comic book/graphic novel enthusiast who likes to polish his brush pen skills by sketching in his free time. He loves his tea and has many times accidentally dipped his inking brush in it.
Price: Rs 45

Zippy Messes Up


Zippy Messes Up

Author and illustrator: Anitha Balachandran
About the book: After the rain drives Zippy and his friends—Chikki the Monkey, Ela the Elephant, Toto the Turtle, Giri the Gharial, Reebo the Rhino and his brothers, Rippy and Rollo, Deepu the Duck, Cheeno the Cheetah and Jiya the Rabbit—indoors, they have a great time playing in his room and making a complete mess. But they also discover that it’s a good idea to clean up afterwards.
Publisher: HarperCollins
Age group: 3+
Category
: Picture book (with activity book) (English)
About the author and illustrator: Anitha Balachandran makes a precarious living as an animation film-maker, author and illustrator of children’s books. She has always enjoyed telling tall tales, creating characters and painting with watercolours. Her works have been exhibited and published internationally, and she is known for her distinctive style.
Price: Rs 199

6
Uma vs Upma

Author: Meera Ganapathi
Illustrator: Renuka Rajiv
About the book: Uma never eats her breakfast. Instead, she just plays with it. Can anything be done to stop her from playing with her food?
Publisher: Pratham Books
Age group: 6+
Category
: Picture book (English)
About the author: Meera Ganapathi is a freelance writer and founder of the website Soup. She lives in Bombay with her two cats, her one husband and quite a few socks.
About the illustrator: Renuka Rajiv has done some illustration work over the years, but has mainly focused on drawing in a fine arts context. They have done a couple of books with Tulika publishers many years ago as well as some images for a recent Spanish translation of two essays by Rebecca Solnit and Mary Beard. Their mediums of choice oscillate between paper and fabric.
Price: Rs 40

7
The Very Wiggly Tooth

Author: Reshma Thapa
Illustrator: Canato Jimo
About the book: Bunu’s loose tooth refuses to come out! Learn how, with a little help from a Himalayan folktale, Bunu loses her tooth.
Publisher: Pratham Books
Age group: 5+
Category
: Picture book (English)
About the author: Reshma Thapa is a teacher at Taktse International School in Sikkim. She believes that reading is empowering and all children should be exposed to the joy of reading for pleasure. She loves reading, baking and reading aloud to her 6-year- old daughter, Bunu. She lives in Gangtok, Sikkim.
About the illustrator: Canato Jimo is an illustrator from Nagaland, currently pursuing his masters in Graphic Design at the National Institute of Design. He is now based out of Delhi, having fun watching picture books come to life as an art director with Pratham Books. He loves to sing, travel and is a big foodie.
Price: Rs 40

Gods and Godesses
Gods and Goddesses

Author: Bhanumathi Narasimhan
Illustrator: Gauri Gupta
About the book: This book is the perfect introduction to some of the most popularly revered Gods and Goddesses. The simple text and charming illustrations make it a wonderful first guide for young readers.
Publisher: HarperCollins
Age group: 4+
Category
: Board book (English)
About the author: Bhanumathi Narasimhan is the Director of the Art of Living’s Women and Child Welfare Programs. Her commitment to social causes was inspired by her brother, renowned spiritual leader and humanitarian, His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
About the illustrator: Gauri Gupta is a designer and illustrator. She studied visual communication at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology and has worked in publishing firms like Katha, Encyclopaedia Britannica India and Indiannica Learning. Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Ji is her Guru and inspiration.
Price: Rs 399


8
The Little Red String

Author and illustrator: Madhumita Srivastava
About the book: Nani has just finished knitting a cap for a special visitor. Moni and Viru find that the leftover red string is the most useful thing in the house. A wordless book about families and play.
Publisher: Pratham Books
Age group: 2+
Category: Picture book (English)
About the author: Madhumita Srivastava has done a Masters degree in Architecture from the University of Michigan followed by a Masters in Fine Art (Design and Technology) from the Parsons School of Design, New York. She has taught at the Rachana Sansad Academy, Mumbai, Parsons Mumbai and is currently teaching design at Inuit Ecole Lab( French Institute of Design and Communication Arts). Madhumita also conducts innovative art experiences for children.
Price: Rs 30

9
Laundry Day

Author: Mathangi Subramanian
Illustrator: Shambhavi Singh
About the book: It’s Mary’s favourite time of day – washing time! Meet Mary’s neighbours as they wash their clothes and get their days off to a fresh, clean start.
Publisher: Pratham Books
Age group: 5+
Category: Picture book (English)
About the author: Mathangi Subramanian is an educator and writer who believes stories have the power to change the world. Her novel Dear Mrs. Naidu (Young Zubaan) won the 2016 South Asia book award and was shortlisted for the Hindu-Goodbooks prize. She loves powerful girls, good books, and helping others find their voices
About the illustrator: 
Shambhavi Singh is an illustrator and designer based in Bangalore. She works at Fields of View. Her interests lie in design research, game design, character design and narrative-building. She likes to use illustration and sketching as a way to engage with different contexts. In her leisure time she likes to draw, paint and read poetry.
Price: Rs 40

10
The Pottering Pig

Author: Rohit Kulkarni
Illustrator: Priya Kuriyan
About the book: Lalita is the pet pig of Mini Singh the potter. She is a naughty pig and is always in trouble. One day, Mini finds all his beautiful pots broken, and blames Lalita. Find out what happens next in this story inspired from a real-life pig called Lalita. She lives in Pune with a real-life potter.
Publisher: Pratham Books
Age group: 4+
Category: Picture book (English)
About the author: Rohit Kulkarni is a potter. He owns a pottery and a pig. He aspires to be a gentleman of leisure and luxury.
About the illustrator:
Priya Kuriyan is a children’s book writer, illustrator, comics maker and animator. A graduate of NID, she has directed educational films for the Sesame Street show (India) and the Children’s Film Society of India. She dabbles with various visual styles and fills her sketchbooks with strange caricatures of people from places she travels to.
Price: Rs 45

11
The Sunshower Song

Author and illustrator: Vinayak Varma
About the book: When the sun shines on a rainy day, all the animals of the forest know what’s about to happen: music and magic at the jackals’ wedding! The wedding guests each bring a scrap of sound. Some bring rhythm, and some bring tune, in this lyrical ode to the popular sunshower legend.
Publisher: Pratham Books
Age group: 7+
Category: Picture book (English)
About the author: Vinayak Varma is the author-illustrator of Jadav and the Tree-Place and Angry Akku. Follow him on Instagram @mixtape.in and on Twitter @eyefry.
Price: Not confirmed

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Puu

Author: CG Salamander
Illustrator: Samidha Gunjal
About the book: For most children childhood is all about fun and play. But what happens when the work her family does takes away the joys of her childhood? This poignant portrayal of a manual scavenger helps sensitise children. A little girl struggles to find acceptance in a world that judges her on the basis of her family’s occupation. This thoughtful portrayal of a human scavenger is a must-read to sensitise children to their plight.
Publisher: Scholastic
Age group: 6+
Category
: Picture book (English)
About the author: CG Salamander is a comic journalist and fiction writer who lives in Chennai with his dog Hazel. He likes cows, manga and is currently working on a novel about magical dogs.
About the illustrator: Samidha Gunjal is an illustrator and animator who enjoys experimenting with different drawing styles and mediums. She runs her own design studio, Studio Dhamisa, and works out of Ahmednagar.
Price: Rs 195

12
The Tino, the Rhear and the Biger

Author and illustrator: Ashok Rajagopalan
About the book: Tingu Tiger is not happy with his furry orange skin, so he exchanges it with Ranga Rhino. But when he wants his skin back, Ranga has already given it to Bubloo Bear! Will the tino, rhear and biger go back to being tiger, rhino and bear? Find out in this fun story about muddled up animals.
Publisher: Pratham Books
Age group: 4+
Category: Picture book (English)
About the author: Ashok Rajagopalan is an Indian writer and artist, and has created over 500 children’s books. Rajagopalan has also worked as a graphic designer, freelance cartoonist, and has contributed to children’s magazines.
Price: Rs 45

The Seed Savers
The Seed Savers

Author: Bijal Vachharajani
Illustrator: Jayesh Sivan
About the book: Without seeds there would be no food to eat or clothes to wear. Inspired by a real-life event, this is the story of a village that comes together to open a seed bank.
Publisher: Pratham Books
Age group: 8+
Category: Picture book (English)
About the author: When Bijal Vachharajani is not reading Harry Potter, she can be found traipsing around the jungles of India. An editor, Bijal writes about sustainable development. Bijal has a Masters in Environment Security and Peace and is the author of So You Want to Know About the Environment.
About the illustrator: Jayesh Sivan is an illustrator based out of Trivandrum City, India. Graduated with an M.A. in Illustration from University For The Creative Arts UK, he is currently working as Visual Communication faculty with Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology. He has illustrated books for Kerala State Institute of Children’s literature (KSICL), Penguin Books and many other reputed publishing houses. As a practitioner, his projects are ranging between Illustration and Information graphics.
Price: Rs 45

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लाल परी

Author: Kamla Bhasin
Illustrator: Tanvi Bhat
About the book: मीत्तो को कारें बहुत पसंद हैं और वह उनके बारे में सब कुछ जानती है। उसे सपने भी कारों के ही आते हैं। एक दिन उसे लाल परी मिल जाती है, एक ऐसी कार जो ऐसी है जैसी कोई और नहीं है।
Publisher: Pratham Books
Age group: 8+
Category: Picture book (English)
About the author: Kamla Bhasin is a feminist and development activist, closely linked to the women’s movement. She has worked on issues related to sustainable development, gender equality, human rights, peace and justice. She has written for adults and children on subjects close to her heart. She lives in New Delhi, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan with her son Jeet Kamal.
About the illustrator: Tanvi Bhat is a freelance illustrator who lives in Mumbai and loves the rains. She’s a self-taught artist who loves to draw for children’s books. She works with water colours and gouache and gets her inspiration from things she sees when out exploring the streets of colourful India.
Price: Rs 40

For Younger Readers


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7 minute stories for 7-year-olds

Author: Various
Illustrator: Sampda
About the book: Ride on the back of Cuppy the dragon, fly with Vinnie on her broomstick and save the world along with Ari who likes to dress up as Batman. The stories in this book will take you on fantastic journeys you wouldn’t want to return from!
Publisher: Scholastic
Age group: 7+
Category
: Fiction (English)
About the illustrator: Sampda resides on the borderline between art and design. She enjoys observing humans and often indulges in character-centric storytelling. She likes hoarding graphic novels, hugging trees and interpreting dreams in her free time.
Price: Rs 250

Lucky, It's Diwali!
Lucky, It’s Diwali!

Author: Nalini Sorensen
Illustrator: Shamika Chaves
About the book: It’s Diwali. And poor four-legged Lucky cannot understand what is going on. The sounds are loud, as though things are crashing down around her. She barks at them and runs to her human family for comfort and protection. But then … there’s Adit. He’s the boy in the house, and he startles at these loud sounds too, though he is human. Adit does not like their pet dog, Lucky, and does his best to avoid her, but suddenly, the boy and dog have this in common – they both jump in fear when they hear the very loud Diwali firecrackers.
Can a common dislike for loud firecrackers lead to a friendship?
Lucky, It’s Diwali!is a heart-warming story, told through a dog’s eyes, that is perfect to read all through the year.
Publisher: HarperCollins
Age group: 6+
Category
: Fiction (English)
About the author: Nalini Sorensen is an award-winning children’s author, who loves spending time with children and looking at the world through the wonder of their eyes. Nalini’s other books include While You Are Sleeping, Papa’s Marathon, Dada’s Useless Present, The Star that Saved the Day, Number Marchand Alphabet Dress-Up.
About the illustrator: Shamika Chaves is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Mumbai, India. Her work is inspired by the simple joys of everyday life. Shamika’s first book, Your Journal of Memories, is being published by HarperCollins India.
Price: Rs 150

The Wind on Haunted Hill
The Wind on the Haunted Hill
Author:
Ruskin Bond
About the book: 
Whoo-whooo-whoooo cried the wind as it swept down from the Himalayan snows.
The menacing wind rattled windows, choked chimneys and blew away clothes as it loomed over the little village next to Haunted Hill, where Usha, Suresh and Binya lived. It was even more ominous the day Usha was on her way back from the bazaar. A deep rumble echoed and a sudden flash of lightning lit up the hill as heavy pellets of rain came down in quick succession. Usha was forced to take shelter in the ruins of Haunted Hill that stood before her, grim and forbidding. As the tin sheet above groaned and clattered and streaks of lightning lit up the walls, Usha saw two small figures crouching in the disused fireplace.
Then everything was dark again . . .
A gritty, hair-raising story about friendship, courage and survival from India’s favourite teller of tales, this stunning edition is an absolute must-have to introduce young readers to the magic of Ruskin Bond’s craft.
Publisher: Puffin
Age group:
6+
Category:
Fiction (English)
About the author: 
Ruskin Bond has written a number of novellas, essays, poems and children’s books. He received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1992, the Padma Shri in 1999 and the Padma Bhushan in 2014. He now lives in Landour, Mussoorie, with his adopted family.
Price: 
Rs 150

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Ten Heads for Tanuj
Author: 
Priya Narayanan
Illustrator: 
Shamika Chaves
About the book: 
Nine-year-old Tanuj loves to listen to the story of Ravana and his ten heads. One night, after Amma narrates the story for the 145th time, Tanuj goes to bed chanting, ‘East or West, Ravana is the Best’. The next morning, he wakes up to find that he has grown nine new heads!
Read this hilarious yet heart-warming story to find out if Tanuj ever got back to being a one-headed boy again!
Publisher: 
HarperCollins
Age group:
6+
Category:
Fiction (English)
About the author: 
Priya Narayanan is a poet and children’s author based in Ahmedabad. When not practising and teaching design, she likes to read, travel solo and conjure up stories over many cups of coffee and chocolate-chip ice cream. You can learn more about Priya on her website www.priyanarayanan.com
About the illustrator: 
Shamika Chaves is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Mumbai, India. Her work is inspired by the simple joys of everyday life. Shamika’s first book, Your Journal of Memories, is being published by HarperCollins India. 
Price: 
Rs 150

For Middle-grade Readers

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Hill School Girls: Trouble

Author: A. Coven
About the book: What do you do when everything familiar in your life might disappear?Mahrukh is excited to be back at school for the winter. They have a new basketball coach, who played in the Indian Olympics team, and Mahrukh has spent the  vacation improving her game.
But the term brings trouble after trouble―the new coach suspects the four friends of being bullies, and Empire Stores, which is the centre of Mahrukh’s world, is on the verge of shutting down. Everything she loves might go―basketball, Empire Stores, her childhood home … And the friends also have to unravel the puzzle of the Baldwin basketball team. What are they so afraid of?
Publisher: Duckbill
Age group: 10+
Category
: Fiction (English)
About the author: A. Coven is a hybrid creature. Filmmaker, author, editor and philosopher, she has been to many schools across the country. Her Pathan-Bihari-Mallu-Bong genes and her pan-Indian upbringing make her multilingual and the perfect citizen of Delhi.
Price: Rs 225

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Owlet, Not Out

Author: Ranjit Lal
About the book: An owlet, a cricketer, a wrestler, an all-important cricket match—and everything that can go wrong is going to go wrong.
Ritesh, also known as Tubby, has joined the Jai-Hind International School in Delhi along with his twin sister, Smokey. Tubby is an astonishingly gifted cricketer and is soon in the school cricketing team. That is the easy part. The difficult part is being befriended by Jyotsna, better known as Patki, the soft-hearted, big-eyed, wrestling champion who sits next to him in class. Patki is determined to be his friend, even though all Tubby wants is to glower quietly and think about and practice cricket. But soon he finds himself accompanying Patki to a nearby ancient cemetery where they befriend the mynas, parakeets and an owlet called Owlet. Then, on the day of the most important cricket match of the year, to his great dismay, Tubby finds Owlet in grave danger.
What will he choose now: sports, fame and glory—or compassion, kindness and a chance to be a real friend? Ranjit Lal’s new novel about school, cricket and friendship is as funny as it is thought-provoking and will charm readers of all ages.
Publisher: Talking Cub
Age group: 10+
Category
: Fiction (English)
About the author: Ranjit Lal is the author of over thirty-five books—fiction and non-fiction—for children and adults who are children. His abiding interest in natural history, birds, animals and insects is reflected in many of his books: The Little Ninja Sparrows, The Crow Chronicles, The Life and Times of Altu Faltu, The Small Tigers of Shergarh, The Birds of Delhi and others. His other books with social themes include Faces in the Water, Our Nana Was a NutcaseTaklu and Shroom, Miracles, Smitten, The Secret of Falcon Heights,The Dugong and the Barracudas and The Battle for No. 19. He enjoys photography, studying automobiles, reading and cooking. He lives in Delhi.
Price: Rs 250

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For Kids By 
Kids 
About the book: Award-winning Stories from the Scholastic Writing Awards 2018—featuring selected award recipients—showcases the new and exciting voices of our country’s best writers between the ages of nine and sixteen. This anthology contains short stories in a wide array of genres, styles and subjects. Read on to find out what Indian children think, dream and write about.
Publisher: Scholastic India
Age group: 8+
Category
: Anthology (English)
Price: Rs 199

Raja Balushahi and Rani Rasmalai in Mithaspur & Other AdventuresRaja Balushahi and Rani Rasmalai in Mithaspur & Other Adventures
Author: 
Prashant Pinge
Illustrator:
Priya Kuriyan
About the book: For the two young siblings, 11-year-old Arjun and nine-year-old Anindita, what starts out as a boring vacation at their grandparents’ house turns into a grand adventure after they stumble upon an enchanted laddoo that takes them to the magical land of Chamatkar Nagri. Starting with Mithaspur, where Raja Balushahi awaits his fate at the hands of his arch nemesis, Krooradasa, the children are thrust into one exciting escapade after another – from facing evil jadugars and solving ancient mysteries to rescuing mythical creatures and finding lost treasures.
A thrilling adventure that will immerse you into a world of fantasy, filled with captivating magic and unexpected dangers.
Beautifully illustrated, this book comes with a pull-out board game!
Publisher: HarperCollins
Age group:
10+
Category:
Fiction (English)
About the author: 
Prashant Pinge loves stringing words together to create enchanting stories for children. He also utterly disregards reality. Little wonder then that he prefers to spend his days in the company of his characters and nights taming dragons. He does surface from time to time, though, to update his website http://prashantpinge.com
About the illustrator: 
Priya Kuriyan is a children’s book illustrator, comic-book artist and an animator. A graduate of the National Institute of Design (Ahmedabad), she has directed educational films for the Sesame Street Show (India) and the Children’s Film Society of India (CFSI). You can see her work at http://priyakurian.blogspot.com
Price:
Rs 350

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The Emperor Who Vanished: Strange Facts from Indian History

Author and illustrator: Kavitha Mandana
About the book: If you ever thought history is boring, this funny and astonishing book is the perfect solution!
Did you know that…
One of India’s greatest emperors was erased from all history books for nearly 1,500 years?
Beetles and beetle wings were a much sought-after fashion accessory once upon a time?The iron pillar in Delhi’s Qutub complex does not rust?
A French astronomer discovered the remains of a Roman port in South India?
A caravan of elephants and camels from India once paraded the frozen streets of St Petersburg, Russia?
Dive into these and many more odd and wonderful facts from the pages of Indian history. You will find here the megacity of ancient India whose existence we know of today from the accounts of Chinese and Greek travellers; the architects who created whispering galleries; the cluster of houses in Rajasthan covered with vibrant frescoes; and the strange story of how tea came to India.
Lovelorn princes who lost their kingdoms; intrepid botanists who studied and recorded every plant in the Malabar region; the poem written in praise of garlic—these are some of the nuggets that capture the peculiar, the fascinating and the eccentric bits of history the way no textbook ever will!
Publisher: Talking Cub
Age group: 10+
Category
: Non-fiction (English)
About the author: Kavitha Mandana is the author of eight books for children published by Puffin (Penguin), Karadi Tales, Pratham and Red Turtle (Rupa). Her short fiction has appeared in various anthologies as well as in school English textbooks. She’s been writing and illustrating for the Deccan Herald’s kids’ supplement for the past twenty years.
Price: Rs 299

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Festival Stories: Through the Year
Author: 
Rachna Chhabria
Illustrator: 
Rayika Sen
About the book: 
India is a country of myriad festivals! Not a month goes by in which we don’t have something to celebrate. This book invites you to rejoice in India’s rich culture through the simple stories of two young twins, Natasha and Nikhil, as they experience an entire year of festivals and celebrations – starting with Lohri in January and ending with Christmas in December!
The detailed descriptions and wealth of detail about each festival that Natasha and Nikhil record in their blog and journal will make this a book to treasure and return to every time a festival comes by.
So come celebrate with us!
Publisher: HarperCollins
Age group:
10+
Category:
Fiction
About the author: 
Rachna Chhabria is the author of Lazy Worm Goes on a Journey, The Lion Who Wanted to Singand Bunny in Search of a Name. Her short story ‘Ganesha’s Blanket of Stars’ won the Special Prize in the Unisun-Reliance TimeOut Writing competition 2010–11.
About the illustrator: 
Rayika Senis a visual communication designer based in Kolkata, India. She graduated from the prestigious Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, and her primary interests include illustrating, designing, printmaking and experimenting with alternative story telling methods.
Price: Rs 250

 

For Teen Readers


Year of the Weeds
Year of the Weeds
Author:
Siddhartha Sarma
About the book: 
‘Sometimes, Korok, it is best if the sorkar forgets you.’
Korok lives in a small Gond village in western Odisha. His life is in the garden which he tends every day. Anchita lives in the house which has the garden, and is an artist.
Then one day, the government tells the Gonds they have to leave the village because a company is going to mine the sacred hill next to it for aluminium ore. The Gonds oppose it, but the mighty government, led by police officer Sorkari Patnaik is determined to win. Korok knows a lot about wild flowers, and nothing much about the rest of the world, though the two friends are not going to give up.
But how long will the Gond resistance last, when everybody, from politicians to activists and even Maoists turn up at the little village?
What can a lone gardener and a girl with a sketchbook do against the most powerful people in the land?
Publisher: Duckbill
Age group:
13+
Category:
Fiction (English)
About the author: 
Siddhartha Sarma is an author and journalist based in Delhi. His first teen novel The Grasshopper’s Run won the Crossword Book Award and the Sahitya Akademi Award for Children’s Literature. His other books include the travelogue East Of The Sun and two works of non-fiction: 103 Journeys, Voyages, Trips and Stuff and 103 Historical Mysteries, Puzzles, Conundrums and Stuff. He hopes to have a garden of his own someday.
Price:
Rs 295

Red Card
Red Card

Author: Kautuk Srivastava
Illustrator:
About the book: One team. One year. Everything to lose.
When Rishabh Bala reaches the tenth standard, life takes a turn for the complicated. The bewildered boy feels the pressure of the looming board exams and finds himself hopelessly-and hormonally-in love. But what he yearns for most is victory on the field: at least one trophy with his beloved school football team.
Set in the suburban Thane of 2006, here is a coming-of-age story that runs unique as it does familiar. Hop scotching from distracted classrooms and tired tutorials to the triumphs and tragedies on the muddy grounds, this is the journey of Rishabh and his friends from peak puberty to the cusp of manhood.
Publisher: Puffin
Age group: 12+
Category
: Fiction (English)
About the author: Kautuk Srivastava is a screenwriter and stand-up comedian. He regularly performs at venues across the country.
Price: Rs 299

 

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