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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

DADA’S USELESS PRESENT

DADA’S USELESS PRESENT

Dada may be celebrating his 82nd birthday but he still considers himself spry, until a seemingly...

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KITTU’S VERY MAD DAY

KITTU’S VERY MAD DAY

he World’s Most Chaotic Family has left Kittu behind at a dhaba on the highway in the middle of...

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SOMETHING’S MOVING

SOMETHING’S MOVING

Would you like to swing like a monkey, gallop like a horse, or leap like a frog? This children’s...

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WHEN JIYA MET URMILA

WHEN JIYA MET URMILA

When Jiya meets Urmila, she sees a loud girl with a fierce expression and too-bright clothes...

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MISS BANDICOTA BENGALENSIS DIGS UP THE SEASHORE

MISS BANDICOTA BENGALENSIS DIGS UP THE SEASHORE

Miss Bandicota Bengalensis was not just any little Indian mole rat. She had magical eyes like no...

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THE TREES OF MEDLEY GARDENS

THE TREES OF MEDLEY GARDENS

If the ancient grove of trees next door starts to talk to you, what will you do? Will you run...

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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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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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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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GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS: 11 FEBRUARY 2019

GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS: 11 FEBRUARY 2019

We all know that children’s publishing in India is flourishing like never before. Writers, illustrators and publishers are innovating at breakneck speed, and reclaiming...

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FORTHCOMING/NEW: FEBRUARY 2019

FORTHCOMING/NEW: FEBRUARY 2019

Trouble in the Forbidden Forest AUTHOR: Kay S. ILLUSTRATOR: Sowmya Menon CATEGORY: Fiction LANGUAGE: English AGE GROUP: Middle readers (8-12 years) PUBLISHER: Tulika...

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GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS, 21 JANUARY 2019

GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS, 21 JANUARY 2019

The author Siddharth Sarma has been in the news lately, mainly for his book, The Year of the Weeds (Duckbill, 2017). As fascinating as his latest novel is, here is a tale...

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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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GOOD PICKS FROM GOOD BOOKS: 10 JANUARY 2019

GOOD PICKS FROM GOOD BOOKS: 10 JANUARY 2019

We’re back after a bit of a hiatus and ready to jump back into it. So, here’s a question to mull over in the new year: when is a story just a story? When it comes to...

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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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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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Asha Nehemiah - Children's Writer
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