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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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SPREADING YOUR WINGS

SPREADING YOUR WINGS

Sisters Anjali and Pooja have a lot of questions about their bodies, the changes they have begun...

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SHABANA AND THE BABY GOAT

SHABANA AND THE BABY GOAT

Shabana loves Kajri and Kajri loves Shabana and they are best friends forever! The problem...

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THE LEGEND OF THE WOLF

THE LEGEND OF THE WOLF

Madhu, Gaurav and Sunil are on a school trip with their classmates and one teacher, looking...

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NO TOUCH

NO TOUCH

We want our children to be safe and happy, but sometimes that means having to talk to them about...

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ADIL ALI’S SHOES

ADIL ALI’S SHOES

Everybody likes Adil Ali but nobody likes his shoes. They are old and worn, patched and sewn...

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CHEATER PETER

CHEATER PETER

When Petu starts cheating, his friends are sure he is headed for a life of crime. They try...

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THE RAGE OF WATERS

THE RAGE OF WATERS

People stranded, schools shut, roads clogged, and electricity snapped. Floods can bring life to...

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BOO! WHEN MY SISTER DIED

BOO! WHEN MY SISTER DIED

When Noorie’s sister Zoya dies, everything in Noorie’s world becomes silent. She knows her...

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NINJA NANI & THE MAD MUMMY MIX-UP

NINJA NANI & THE MAD MUMMY MIX-UP

There’s a mummy at the Gadbadnagar Museum, a real live…er, dead…mummy. And it’s...

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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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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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THE WINNERS OF THE HINDU YOUNG WORLD-GOODBOOKS AWARDS 2019

THE WINNERS OF THE HINDU YOUNG WORLD-GOODBOOKS AWARDS 2019

Goodbooks congratulates the winners of The Hindu Young World-Goodbooks Awards 2019! VINAYAK VARMA (Best Picture Book: Story) For ‘Angry Akku’, published by...

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FORTHCOMING/NEW: JANUARY 2019

FORTHCOMING/NEW: JANUARY 2019

This Is Me, Mayil AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR: Sowmya Rajendran and Niveditha Subramaniam CATEGORY: Fiction LANGUAGE: English AGE GROUP: Advanced readers (13+ years)...

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FORTHCOMING/NEW: DECEMBER 2018

FORTHCOMING/NEW: DECEMBER 2018

Amma, Take Me to the Dargah of Salim Chishti AUTHOR: Bhakti Mathur ILLUSTRATOR: Priyankar Gupta CATEGORY: Fiction LANGUAGE: English AGE GROUP: Young readers (0-7 years)...

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THE HINDU YOUNG WORLD-GOODBOOKS AWARDS 2019: SHORTLISTS

THE HINDU YOUNG WORLD-GOODBOOKS AWARDS 2019: SHORTLISTS

Goodbooks and The Hindu-Young World are delighted to announce the shortlists for The Hindu Young World-Goodbooks Awards 2019 for children’s books from India. Many...

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GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS: 5 NOVEMBER 2018

GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS: 5 NOVEMBER 2018

Has Indian YA come of age? We’ve been asking that question for so many years that it’s become a habit. So much so that we’ve stopped looking for an...

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FORTHCOMING/NEW: NOVEMBER 2018

FORTHCOMING/NEW: NOVEMBER 2018

Peanut vs the Piano AUTHOR: Yashodhara Lal ILLUSTRATOR: Shreya Sen CATEGORY: Fiction LANGUAGE: English AGE GROUP: Young readers (0-7 years) PUBLISHER: Duckbill PRICE: Rs...

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1.8 MILLION KIDS READING TOGETHER, 2018

1.8 MILLION KIDS READING TOGETHER, 2018

One Nation Reading Together is an annual event, conducted by Scholastic India on the last Friday of November, where children in schools across the country spend 20 minutes...

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FORTHCOMING/NEW: OCTOBER 2018

FORTHCOMING/NEW: OCTOBER 2018

Puu AUTHOR: C.G. Salamander ILLUSTRATOR: Samidha Gunjal CATEGORY: Fiction LANGUAGE: English AGE GROUP: Young readers (0-7 years) PUBLISHER: Scholastic PRICE: Rs 195 ABOUT...

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IN THE SHADOW OF SECTION 377

IN THE SHADOW OF SECTION 377

The offending portions of Section 377 are history and we can all take heart in knowing that it’s another step towards a more inclusive society, a society that will...

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