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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

UNLUCKY CHUMKI

UNLUCKY CHUMKI

Everyone says Chumki is unlucky and makes things go wrong with her ‘magic’. No...

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A TIGRESS CALLED MACHHLI AND OTHER TRUE ANIMAL STORIES FROM INDIA

A TIGRESS CALLED MACHHLI AND OTHER TRUE ANIMAL STORIES FROM INDIA

Meet the superstars of India’s animal kingdom! A crocodile who loves eating rice. A mule who won...

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I WILL SAVE MY LAND

I WILL SAVE MY LAND

Mati pesters her grandmother and father for her own plot of land in the big field. When she does...

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MY BIG BOOK SERIES

MY BIG BOOK SERIES

The Thinkbook series consists of My Big Book of Dogs!, My Big Book of Girls, My Big Book of...

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A MONSTER TALE

A MONSTER TALE

A furry red monster called Ruffleclaw moves in with a family of humans after he tires of eating...

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THE GRAND STORY OF IKLI CHOKLI

THE GRAND STORY OF IKLI CHOKLI

A little chokli, a stray puppy, wanders into a muddy rain puddle one day… From then on, he can’t...

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THE LIES WE TELL

THE LIES WE TELL

Seventeen-year-old Irfan Ahmed is handsome, easy-going and deeply in love with his girlfriend...

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BEHIND THE LIE

BEHIND THE LIE

Valli and Ramesh live under a cloud of fear because of their father who has a frightening...

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AMBADAS’ DANCING BRUSH

AMBADAS’ DANCING BRUSH

Ambadas Khobragade felt utterly free while doodling and painting. His Dancing Brush made time...

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

CRICKET CHANGED MY LIFE

CRICKET CHANGED MY LIFE

The cliche goes that in India cricket is more than a passion, it is a religion. Thousands or...

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MONKEYS ON A FAST

MONKEYS ON A FAST

Monkeys on a Fast is a fun, chuckle-inducing story adapted from a Buddhist fable. Chakrapani...

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GONE GRANDMOTHER

GONE GRANDMOTHER

A very welcome change in children’s books in recent times is the emergence of themes like loss...

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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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GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS – 12 SEPTEMBER 2019

GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS – 12 SEPTEMBER 2019

We open this week’s round-up with a quick look at a couple of the newest children’s titles from the last few months. Here’s an interview in The Hindu with Devika Cariappa...

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FORTHCOMING/NEW BOOKS – SEPTEMBER 2019

FORTHCOMING/NEW BOOKS – SEPTEMBER 2019

YOUNGER READERS (0-7 years) The Enchanted Prince Author: Ishan Language: English Category: Fiction Publisher: Scholastic Price: Rs 295 About the Book:  In a magical land...

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GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS – 27 AUGUST 2019

GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS – 27 AUGUST 2019

We open this week’s roundup with something to mix things up a little. Here’s a link to a YouTube video recording of a recent talk at the India Habitat Centre in Delhi. In...

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GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS – 12 AUGUST 2019

GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS – 12 AUGUST 2019

This week we bring you some uplifting stories about people who are committed to transforming communities, cultures and spaces around reading. For starters, have a look at...

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GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS – 5 AUGUST 2019

GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS – 5 AUGUST 2019

We’ve been away all of July, but as always the world of kidlit has been anything but quiet. From over the last few weeks, here are a few excellent reads for you. On the...

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FORTHCOMING/NEW BOOKS AUGUST 2019

FORTHCOMING/NEW BOOKS AUGUST 2019

YOUNGER READERS (0-7 years)  My Grandfather’s Eyebrows Author: Mamta Nainy and Arthy Muthanna Singh Illustrator: Shreya Sen Language: English Category: Fiction Publisher...

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FORTHCOMING/NEW BOOKS JULY 2019

FORTHCOMING/NEW BOOKS JULY 2019

YOUNG READERS (0-7 YEARS) Ammama’s Sari Author: Niveditha Subramaniam Illustrator: Niveditha Subramaniam Language: English Category: Fiction Publisher: Tulika Price...

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GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS – 27 JUNE 2019

GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS – 27 JUNE 2019

We open this week’s round-up with a deeply thought-provoking and relevant piece by Leo Benedictus in The Guardian. While it in no way refers directly to the Indian...

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GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS – 24 JUNE 2019

GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS – 24 JUNE 2019

This week we’ve curated a set of conversations with some of our favourite writers and illustrators: From The Hindu, here’s a lovely piece about Zai Whitaker’s latest book...

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The Hindu and Goodbooks announce The Hindu Young World-Goodbooks Awards 2019 for Indian children’s books. The purpose of these awards is to promote excellence in children’s writing and illustration in India and to acknowledge innovative publishing trends. The awards are the first in India to recognize different genres in children’s publishing and to reward authors and illustrators for their invaluable contribution. The awards, which are being given for the fourth consecutive year, were presented at The Hindu Lit for Life fest in Chennai in January 2019.

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“Indian children’s books rarely get the kind of publicity they deserve in the popular or social media. Websites like Goodbooks plug the gap by not letting a single Indian children’s book of merit slip through the cracks. Most people would not even know about the books available in the market if not for a resource like this.”

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