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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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SNAPSHOT REVIEWS

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

WATCHA GONNA DO, ROSIE SINGH?

WATCHA GONNA DO, ROSIE SINGH?

Meet Rosie Singh, an eight-year-old who still wears bloomers, and now the whole world knows...

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HOW FAR IS FAR?

HOW FAR IS FAR?

If you thought your friend’s house on the other side of town was far away, you have clearly not...

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WALKING THROUGH THE HILLS

WALKING THROUGH THE HILLS

Sonu and Monu walk up and down the hills every day, through steep paths and across streams...

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TWO CLOUDS

TWO CLOUDS

Two clouds, Chumki and Badal, frolic across the sky, till they stop for a drink at a lake. But...

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MANYA LEARNS TO ROAR

MANYA LEARNS TO ROAR

Manya very badly wants to be Shere Khan in her school play. The Jungle Book is her favourite...

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LORI’S MAGICAL MYSTERY

LORI’S MAGICAL MYSTERY

When Lori, a curious and wide-eyed slender loris, spies a bewildering catlike figure in the...

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AMMACHI’S AMAZING MACHINES

AMMACHI’S AMAZING MACHINES

Sooraj and his grandma love inventing. Join them on their latest adventure using simple machines...

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RAMYA’S SNACK BOX

RAMYA’S SNACK BOX

Ramya can’t wait to eat the extra-special treats in her lunch box, but her classmates want a...

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SWACHH GHOSLA ABHIYAN

SWACHH GHOSLA ABHIYAN

Inspired by a flurry of activity among humans because of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the birds of...

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VIDEOS

Snapshot reviews, interviews and other children’s books resources in video

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

GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS: 15 JULY 2018

GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS: 15 JULY 2018

The summer’s over and the monsoon has most of the country in its grip. Just as well that books have no season—you can read anything any time. So, in case...

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FORTHCOMING/NEW TITLES: JULY 2018

FORTHCOMING/NEW TITLES: JULY 2018

Spreading Your Wings: A Health Infocomic for Girls of All Ages AUTHOR: Ariana Abadian-Heifetz ILLUSTRATOR: Pia Alize Hazarika CATEGORY: Non-fiction LANGUAGE: English...

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GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS: 30 JUNE 2018

GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS: 30 JUNE 2018

June is celebrated as Pride month in many parts of the world, and Pride marches have been held in India as well. Sadly, LGBTQ+ kids remain more or less invisible in our...

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GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS: 19 JUNE 2018

GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS: 19 JUNE 2018

Why are kids fascinated by dinosaurs? It’s a question we’ve probably asked ourselves numerous times without admitting that dinosaurs fascinate most of us...

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GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS: 11 JUNE 2018

GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS: 11 JUNE 2018

Homegrown picture books and illustrated books are poring out from the presses faster than we can keep up. They suffer the same lack of visibility as their middle-grade and...

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WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

It is World Environment Day on 5 June. Celebrate by picking up theme-based books and reading it with children! Here are five recommendations from Goodbooks: A Tree in My...

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FORTHCOMING/NEW TITLES: JUNE 2018

FORTHCOMING/NEW TITLES: JUNE 2018

Neel on Wheels AUTHOR: Lavanya Karthik ILLUSTRATOR: Habib Ali CATEGORY: Fiction LANGUAGE: English AGE GROUP: Young readers (0-7 years) PUBLISHER: Duckbill PRICE: Rs 299...

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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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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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“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.”

Anil Menon - Writer
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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.”

Asha Nehemiah - Children's Writer
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