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Goodbooks is a repository for Indian children’s books and provides a space to all those engaged with children to enter the fascinating discourse on children’s literature. It is where educators, parents, librarians and research scholars get an overview of children’s literature in India, and an update of books being published across the country. The reviews on the site critically evaluate books, enhancing the understanding of what constitutes good children’s books and creating awareness about the role of books and reading in a child’s life.

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Quick reviews of Indian children’s books for reading in under five minutes

WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE A TIGER

WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE A TIGER

Tigers don’t talk (well, at least not in ‘people’ language). Tigers don’t have names either. But...

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THE CLOTHES MONSTER

THE CLOTHES MONSTER

Rohit hates picking up after himself. The discarded pile of clothes in his room gets bigger and...

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HALOS AND HORNS

HALOS AND HORNS

Ghosts don’t exist, or that’s what Arundathi believed — till she became one. And that was just...

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I LOVE YOGA

I LOVE YOGA

This book acquaints children with the practice of yoga. Using simple rhyme, it introduces young...

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WHAT MAYA SAW: A TALE OF SHADOWS, SECRETS, CLUES

WHAT MAYA SAW: A TALE OF SHADOWS, SECRETS, CLUES

Almost from the moment Maya steps into St Paul’s College, she is afraid. Everywhere she goes...

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UNHAPPY MOON

UNHAPPY MOON

When Sun was out people did things, but when Moon appeared all they did was sleep! Moon doesn’t...

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THE LION’S FEAST

THE LION’S FEAST

Muthumama and Muthumami have an unexpected guest for dinner – a ravenous lion! Find out what...

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I’M GOING TO THE ZOO

I’M GOING TO THE ZOO

Big-small, fat-thin, up-down… See the zoo through a little girl’s eyes! Simples verse...

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THE GIRL, THE BOY AND THE KITE

THE GIRL, THE BOY AND THE KITE

A Persian folktale about girl, a boy and a kite, and a journey they go on together. A picture...

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LONG REVIEWS

Detailed reviews of Indian children’s books for reading in under ten minutes (750+ words)

GAJAPATI KULAPATI GURRBURRRROOOM!

GAJAPATI KULAPATI GURRBURRRROOOM!

The Gajapati Kulapati stories by Ashok Rajagopalan have become quite a favourite among picture...

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THE BOY WHO SWALLOWED A NAIL AND OTHER STORIES

THE BOY WHO SWALLOWED A NAIL AND OTHER STORIES

Children’s book publishers are constantly trawling the slush piles in search of fresh, original...

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TALES FROM BENGAL

TALES FROM BENGAL

Folktales, epic narratives and legends connect people to their land, to an identity and to each...

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UMA, NOT-SO-PERFECT

UMA, NOT-SO-PERFECT

Uma, Not-So-Perfect. A perfectly captivating title, calculated to raise a lot of expectations...

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RADHA’S FAMILY

RADHA’S FAMILY

Since Madhuri Purandare won the Sahitya Akademi Bal Sahitya Puraskar in 2014 for her...

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MONSTER GARDEN

MONSTER GARDEN

A draw-it-yourself picture book. What could that be? Enter Jerry Pinto’s Monster Garden to find...

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DREAM WRITER

DREAM WRITER

Writers are often asked where their stories come from. It truly is the most important question...

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TIJI AND CHEENU

TIJI AND CHEENU

Once your kids are past the input-output stage (food in-poop out), and they venture into the big...

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GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS – 22 MAY 2018

GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS – 22 MAY 2018

Indian’s evergreen storyteller Ruskin Bond turned 85 last week—and celebrated his birthday in the best way an author can, by releasing a brand new book. Sakal Times...

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A GOOD BOOK

The Hindu Lit for Life 2016, south India’s biggest literature festival was held on Jan 15, 16 & 17 at The Hindu Pavillion (Lady Andal School Campus), Chetpet...

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GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS – 10 MAY 2018

GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS – 10 MAY 2018

Should books entertain or educate? This is a question that baffles many a well-intentioned adult, but we at Goodbooks are firmly on the entertainment end of the argument...

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FORTHCOMING/NEW TITLES: MAY 2018

FORTHCOMING/NEW TITLES: MAY 2018

Manic Panic AUTHOR: Richa Jha ILLUSTRATOR: Mithila Ananth CATEGORY: Fiction LANGUAGE: English AGE GROUP: Younger readers (0-7 years) PUBLISHER: Pickle Yolk Books PRICE: Rs...

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BOOKS FOR FREE!

BOOKS FOR FREE!

by Yamini Vijayan Over the last year, Pratham Books has published a mix of simple and imaginative fiction and non-fiction books on StoryWeaver – its digital platform...

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GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS – 10 APRIL 2018

GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS – 10 APRIL 2018

Depending on which part of India you are in, summer holidays are either already here or about to begin. Most of us are keeping our fingers crossed that books will feature...

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FORTHCOMING/NEW TITLES: APRIL 2018

FORTHCOMING/NEW TITLES: APRIL 2018

AUTHOR: Neha Singh ILLUSTRATOR: Meenal Singh CATEGORY: Fiction LANGUAGE: English AGE GROUP: Younger readers (0-7 years) PUBLISHER: Puffin Books (Penguin Random House...

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GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS — 6 APRIL 2018

GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS — 6 APRIL 2018

Stories and storytelling—that’s what Good Picks is all about. For this round, let’s begin with the tellers of the stories. What makes them tick? Anthony Horowitz spills...

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GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS — 20 MARCH 2018

GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS — 20 MARCH 2018

Ready for some more kid-lit goodness from around cyberspace? Let’s start with something in celebration of International Women’s Day. Women who change the world were, of...

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THE HINDU YOUNG WORLD-GOODBOOKS AWARDS 2018

Goodbooks gives out The Hindu Young World-Goodbooks Awards for Indian children’s books in association with The Hindu Young World. The purpose of these awards is to promote excellence in children’s writing and illustration in India and to acknowledge innovative publishing trends. The 2018 Awards were given out on 15 January 2018 at The Hindu Lit for Life fest in Chennai.

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