New Indian Kids’ and YA Books in April 2019

A list of what is is new in children’s books from Indian publishers in April 2019.
The information in this list is what is provided to us by the publishers. Details may be updated.

Picture books

The Jungle RadioThe Jungle Radio
Author: 
Devangana Dash
About the book:Come, listen to the sweet jungle orchestra, featuring the Woodpecker’s drums, the Hornbill’s trumpet and the Kingfisher’s blues.
When curious little Gul hears some strange sounds coming from her radio, she follows the musical clues into . . . an Indian jungle! On her walk, she finds feathered friends who TWEET, TAPP and TALK. There are some who howl and hoot, and others who play the flute. With a KEE here and a KAW there, Gul discovers songs everywhere!
Brought to life by painterly illustrations, The Jungle Radio is a little story about the language of birds-their songs and sounds-with a loud and clear call to listen to the world around us.
Publisher: Puffin
Age group: 4+
Category: Picture book (English)
About the author: Devangana Dash is a New Delhi-based designer, illustrator and book maker. When she’s not designing books for a living, she reads, draws a little more and collects books for her dream library. For inspiration, she relies on nature (especially birds and sea turtles), picture books by her avourite artists and authors, different genres of music and a cup of chai.
Price: Rs 250

Final SUNRISE-coverSunrise, Moonrise
Author: 
Trishla Jain
Illustrator: Kirstin Eggers
About the book: ‘What does it mean to pray?’ the moon once asked the sun.

The sun smiled and replied, ‘I’d like to show you, come.’
Praying can come in all shapes and sizes. Some people pray in temples, while others meditate.

Travel with the sun and the moon in this heartfelt picture book to find out how people from different cultures and faiths pray. Read Sunrise, Moonrise aloud to spark a discussion with your young ones about the meaning of prayer and what it can do for us.
Publisher: Puffin
Age group: 5+
Category: Picture book (English)
About the author: A fan of vegetables, meditation and tidiness, Trishla Jain calls herself  ‘a work in progress’. She is dedicated to deep, mindful living. As a mother of two, she writes books that bring families together to explore spirituality in a light, magical way. Trishla fell in love with English literature while at Stanford University in California, where she resides today.
About the illustrator: Kirstin Eggers grew up in South Africa, Kenya and France, and graduated in 2013 from the University for the Creative Arts in Maidstone, England, with a BA (Hons.) degree in illustration. She always strives to tell old stories in a new way. Kirstin works with a range of media, from coloured pencils and watercolours for a traditional look to collages and paint-splashing for more experimental projects. You can find more of her work at http://www.kiki-kalahari.com.
Price: Rs 350

OTG Front CoverOm the Gnome and the Chanting Comb
Author: 
Trishla Jain
Illustrator: Kirstin Eggers
About the book: Learn how to chant OM from the comfort of home, with a curious gnome and his magical comb.
When a gnome called Om receives a shiny comb on his birthday, little does he know that he’s going to learn an important lesson. Om the Gnome and the Chanting Comb unpacks the magic behind the beautiful sound of OM through words and illustrations that are both exquisite and inclusive. Read this book out loud to help your young ones feel light and free.
Publisher: Puffin
Age group: 5+
Category: Picture book (English)
About the author: A fan of vegetables, meditation and tidiness, Trishla Jain calls herself  ‘a work in progress’. She is dedicated to deep, mindful living. As a mother of two, she writes books that bring families together to explore spirituality in a light, magical way. Trishla fell in love with English literature while at Stanford University in California, where she resides today.
About the illustrator: Kirstin Eggers grew up in South Africa, Kenya and France, and graduated in 2013 from the University for the Creative Arts in Maidstone, England, with a BA (Hons.) degree in illustration. She always strives to tell old stories in a new way. Kirstin works with a range of media, from coloured pencils and watercolours for a traditional look to collages and paint-splashing for more experimental projects. You can find more of her work at http://www.kiki-kalahari.com.
Price: Rs 250

Books for Younger Readers

The Puffin Book of Holidays_revised2The Puffin Book of Holiday Stories
Author: 
Various
About the book: Fourteen brilliant stories that celebrate the best time of the year-the holidays.
Hop, skip and err . . . stumble through your vacations with:
Ø a clever parrot called Carrot who makes quite the entrance at summer school
Ø two arch-enemies who battle it out using delicious mango desserts
Ø a mischievous group of boys who finally meet their match

Ø a girl with inflamed tonsils who dreams of medicating on vanilla ice cream
Ø a young boy swallowed whole by a snake who lives to tell the tale
Ø a celestial being who descends into the chaos of Mumbai for a peaceful holiday
and many others!
This great collection of stories of brave adventures, hilarious misadventures, boisterous families, intimate friendships and facing fears is sure to keep you entertained during your break. Featuring tales penned by some of the finest children’s authors, including Ruskin Bond, Sudha Murty, Paro Anand, Subhadra Sen Gupta, Nayanika Mahtani, Himanjali Sankar and more.
Publisher: Puffin
Age group: 9+
Category: Fiction (English)
Price: Rs 199

Folk Tales_Front CoverGreat Folk Tales of the World
Author: 
Anitha Murthy
Illustrator: Sayan Mukherjee
About the book: Harisharman, a poor man from India, pretends he has magical powers and can solve any problem. But what will he do when the king himself asks for his help to find the g oldstolen from the royal treasury? In ancient Arabia, Ameen Beg meets a scary ghoul. With just some salt and an egg, he outsmarts the ghoul and makes him run away fast and far. In distant Eastern Europe, a king is furious with his attendant George. The only way George can escape punishment is by finding the mysterious maid with the golden hair. Will he be able to find her and bring her to his king?

Meet these and many other odd and wonderful characters—wily witches from
Australia, brave and just eagles from North America, magician-giants from South
America and boastful tailors from Scotland—in these captivating stories. There are tales
of love and humour, of adventure and daredevilry, of ogres and animals. Beautifully
illustrated, skilfully retold, this collection will thrill and charm readers young and old.
Publisher: Talking Cub
Age group: 8+
Category: Fiction (English)
About the author: Anitha Murthy is a software consultant by profession, who likes to write whenever inspiration strikes. She has dabbled in many genres, from short stories and poetry to humour and travel. She is a voracious reader and is a partner-cum-librarian at Cosy Nook Library, a children’s library. She lives in Bengaluru with her husband and daughter and pretends to be Zen about everything.
About the illustrator: Sayan Mukherjee is an illustrator from Calcutta, who works from his own studio. After working in advertising for around nine years, he went solo with his passion: illustrations. He loves children’s books and loves to create art for kids.
He has worked with various publishers, including Penguin, Hachette, Tulika Books, Juggernaut, Speaking Tiger, Pratham Books, Ms Moochie Books.
Price: Rs 399

Unlucky ChumkiUnlucky Chumki
Author: 
Lesley D Biswas
Illustrator: Anupama Ajinkya Apte
About the book: Everyone says Chumki is unlucky and makes things go wrong with her ‘magic’.
No wonder she has no friends.
Can her brother Aki’s plan help Chumki make friends?
Publisher: Duckbill
Age group: 8+
Category: Fiction (English)
About the author: Lesley  D.  Biswas  grew  up  in  McCluskiegunj,  and  dreamed  of  playing  cricket.  But  instead  of  a  bat,  she  ended  up  with  a  pen  in  her  hand.  Currently  based  in  Kolkata,  she’s   a  freelance  writer who  enjoys  writing  children’s  stories  the  most.  She’s  also  passionate  about  nature,  gardening  and  bird  photography.
About the illustrator: After her fifteen years stint as a software engineer, Anupama decided to pursue her childhood passion for art. She loves drawing quirky characters. An avid Urban sketcher, she deeply enjoys working in watercolors.
Price: Rs 175

Ramayana_Front CoverThe Children’s Ramayana
Author: 
Upendrakishore Ray Choudhury; Translated from Bengali by Tilottama Shome
Illustrator: Priyankar Gupta
About the book:Prince Ram, son of Dasharath, is loved and revered by everyone in the kingdom of Ayodhya. But Queen Kaikeyi’s greed and ambition cause him to be exiled for fourteen years. Along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman, he leaves the kingdom for dense forests full of rakshasas. Soon Raavan, the terrifying king of Lanka, finds his way to them and abducts Sita. How does Ram, the bravest warrior of all, cross hills and rivers and the sea to rescue Sita and bring her back home?

Upendrakishore Ray Chowdhury’s delightful retelling of the Ramayana has enthralled Bengali and other readers for over a century. With this vivid translation, a new generation of girls and boys can travel into an ancient world of princes and rakshasas, vanaras and ogres, epic battles and flying chariots, honour and bravery, loyalty and friendship.
Publisher: Talking Cub
Age group: 8+
Category: Fiction (English)
About the author: Upendrakishore Ray Chowdhury (1863-1915) was a prolific children’s writer from Bengal. His works Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne, Tuntunir Boi, Chheleder Ramayan, Chheleder Mahabharat and more, are all classics of Bengali children’s literature. He edited and published the children’s magazine Sandesh, for which he wrote and illustrated stories, poems and essays. He was also a pioneering printer, musician, entrepreneur and painter.
About the translator: Tilottama Shome is an architect by training and wanderer by profession. Her early childhood days were spent in Calcutta when most of her time went in reading children’s fiction, both in Bengali and English. 
About the illustrator:
Priyankar Gupta is a pre-visualizer and a creative consultant in the field of media, advertising and broadcast design. He has worked with various publishing companies across the globe as an Illustrator for children’s book and books for young adults. He has been a mentor in various design schools across the country teaching various forms of visual narratives.
Price: Rs 499

Books for middle readers

Born to Die final frontBorn to Die
Author:
Rhea Kumar
About the book: The Grim Reapers are very special teenagers chosen at birth to serve Yamaraj, the original god of death, for a hundred years. They are, in fact, born to die. Fourteen-year-old Yama doesn’t fit in with the normal human world. He is rebellious, reclusive and cynical. In fact, he is the perfect candidate to be the new Grim Reaper. But Yama struggles with his new responsibilities when a mysterious figure from his past suddenly resurfaces and he has to make the toughest judgement of all.
Publisher: Scholastic
Age group: 12+
Category: Fiction (English)
About the author: An avid reader since childhood, Rhea Kumar channeled her love for reading books into writing them. Born to Die (2013) is her first book and its unpublished manuscript was nominated for the National Debut Youth Fiction Award by the National Book Trust in February 2013.
Price: Rs 295

Pops coverPops!
Author:
Balaji Venkataramanan
About the book: My name is V. Arun. I am seven years old.

My father’s name is Venkatesh. He is very good. He never gets mad at me. He buys me a lot of toys and chocolates … I love my father.

That’s a big bluff. Arun has never met his dad. He has only seen his photograph in the wedding album. And he hates him.

Then one day, his father comes back. His mother has to take Arun to meet him once a month. It’s a court order. His grandparents say that the Man is very bad and might try to take him away from his mom.

Arun is scared and angry.

But why does the Man keep bringing him gifts? Why does he play with dogs? Why does he climb like a monkey? Why does he keep saying ‘Pop! Pop! Pop!’? As if Arun could ever start calling this strange Man ‘Pops’!
Publisher: Duckbill
Age group: 11+
Category: Fiction (English)
About the author: 
Like most middle-class boys, Balaji Venkataramanan completed his engineering, joined the IT bandwagon, went onsite and started paying EMIs. Then the bubble burst and Flat-track Bullies happened. A native of Chennai, he’s mighty proud that he comes from the land of idli-sambar, Rajinikanth and the CSK.
Price: Rs 225

Premchand final frontMunshi Premchand: Selected Stories
Author:
Premchand
About the book: A collection of short stories by Munshi Premchand, one of India’s leading Hindi authors of the early twentieth century.
Publisher: Scholastic
Age group: 10+
Category: Fiction (English)
About the author: Dhanpat Rai Shrivastava (July 31, 1880 – October 8, 1936), better known by his pen name Munshi Premchand, was a celebrated writer, whose body of work includes more than a dozen novels, around 250 short stories, several essays and translations of a number of foreign literary works into Hindi.
Price: Rs 195

My Country My Government final frontMy Country, My Government
Author:
Rohini Oomman
About the book: What does a Prime Minister do?
How are judges chosen?
Rohini Oomman takes on and breaks down the complicated functioning of the Indian government into bite-size nuggets of information. From the formation of the Indian Constitution to today’s election system, this book tackles complex subjects in a clear, easy-to-understand way with exercises and explanations.
A cool and fun informative guide to your country—
The Constitution, The Legislature,
The Union Executive and The Judiciary.
Publisher: Scholastic
Age group: 10+
Category: Reference (English)
About the author: Rohini Oomman is a very well-respected and experienced educator who has put together an informative guide to help the children of India understand and appreciate the working of their country and government.
Price: Rs 295

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