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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

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Indian writer Paro Anand writes the story of an Indian boy, while Swedish author Orjan Persson...

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BIG RAIN

BIG RAIN

Rain can be fun. But sometimes, ‘lots and lots and lots of rain’ is frightening — when water...

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DREAMS ON FIRE?

DREAMS ON FIRE?

“Every girl has secrets…so do I. Topping my list is Bobby. Why on earth did I allow him to be my...

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FOOD MONSTER

FOOD MONSTER

From roti to dosa and chakli to barfi, there are different kinds of food you can eat across...

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NEEL ON WHEELS

NEEL ON WHEELS

My big brother Neel has wheels! Neel’s wheelchair transforms itself to fight dragons and...

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ANGRY AKKU

ANGRY AKKU

Akku is having an awful day and it’s making her very, VERY angry. Read this book to find out how...

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TREASURE AT THE TRAIN STATION

TREASURE AT THE TRAIN STATION

Set in Mumbai’s Victoria Terminus, today the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, this...

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THE JUNGLE STORYTELLING FESTIVAL

THE JUNGLE STORYTELLING FESTIVAL

In a jungle far, far away, the animals are getting ready for the storytelling festival. Lion...

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WARRIOR WOMEN

WARRIOR WOMEN

Flashing swords, firing guns, charging on horseback, planning strategies, talking peace… Twelve...

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LONG REVIEWS

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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Features, book lists, information on forthcoming and new releases and more

FORTHCOMING/NEW BOOKS MARCH 2019

FORTHCOMING/NEW BOOKS MARCH 2019

YOUNG READERS (0-7 YEARS)  POONI, POONI, WHERE ARE YOU?   About the Book A charming find-it book for toddlers, from the creator of the other bestselling Pooni books...

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GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS – 29 APRIL 2019

GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS – 29 APRIL 2019

Once upon time, in a land far, far away… Is this how stories begin in your native language? All storytelling traditions come with their own unique conventions. In this...

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GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS – 15 APRIL 2019

GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS – 15 APRIL 2019

Last month, he Times of India’s entertainment supplement published a list of ten books every Indian child should read. Predictably, it included classics like the...

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FORTHCOMING AND NEW BOOKS – APRIL 2019

FORTHCOMING AND NEW BOOKS – APRIL 2019

YOUNG READERS (0-7 YEARS) THE ADVENTURES OF BIPLOB THE BUMBLEBEE Author: Abhishek Talwar Illustrator: Sonal Goyal Category:  Fiction Language: English Publisher: Penguin...

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GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS – 1 APRIL 2019

GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS – 1 APRIL 2019

We open this week’s roundup with the age-old diversity question. We can only write what we know, but how can we create a more pluralistic and representative children’s...

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GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS – 18 MARCH 2019

GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS – 18 MARCH 2019

After the success of Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo’s Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, a lot of Indian writers have made a conscious attempt to introduce young...

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GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS – 6 MARCH 2019

GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS – 6 MARCH 2019

What children read helps shape what they learn, how they behave, and who they become. What kinds of people and ideas do we want to see represented in Indian children’s...

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FORTHCOMING/NEW BOOKS MARCH 2019

FORTHCOMING/NEW BOOKS MARCH 2019

YOUNG READERS (0-7 YEARS) THE GRAND STORY OF IKLI CHOKLI Author: B Vinayan Illustrator: Rajiv Eipe Category:  Fiction Language: English Publisher: Tulika Price: Rs. 165...

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GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS – 21 FEB 2019

GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS – 21 FEB 2019

Every writer has a process – the things they like writing about, their favourite time of day for writing, their favourite writing spot. In this interview with the...

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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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“For a teacher or librarian faced with dozens of books to read, a good book review website is as essential as maps are for geographers.”

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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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“Book review sites like Goodbooks are a wonderful resource for locating theme-based or issue-based children’s books to enrich the learning experience in the classroom and at home.”

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