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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

SOON VERY SOON

SOON VERY SOON

A daughter’s relentless questions and a mother’s loving answers. Is this a story? Is it a dream?...

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LUNCH-FRIENDS

LUNCH-FRIENDS

Five-year-old Mihir is fascinated by his grandmother’s lunchtime tradition of feeding birds at...

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HOW WONDROUS IS THAT: NATURE’S BIZARRE…

HOW WONDROUS IS THAT: NATURE’S BIZARRE…

Anting, preening, imprinting; what do you think these are? Do you know the difference between...

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WHERE SHALL I PAINT?

WHERE SHALL I PAINT?

Pranav loves to paint pictures — of flowers, cars and mountains in red, blue, green and yellow...

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THE BOY WITH 2 GRANDFATHERS

THE BOY WITH 2 GRANDFATHERS

Not everyone has two grandfathers quite like Amol’s – distinctly different, interested in...

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CHOOOOOMANTAR

CHOOOOOMANTAR

Jivuba wants to become a singer but she cannot because she has to get married. Luckily, Dammu...

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NINJA NANI & THE ZAPPED ZOMBIE KIDS

NINJA NANI & THE ZAPPED ZOMBIE KIDS

Granny Cool! When a new danger threatens the children of Gadbadnagar, only Deepu can sense it...

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CHHOTU AND THE BIG WIND

CHHOTU AND THE BIG WIND

Playtime on the terrace takes a turn when a strong wind sweeps Chhotu off his feet and carries...

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ONE AND MANY

ONE AND MANY

One me and many friends, one pond and many fishes… So much fun in so many! A book about the one...

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FORTHCOMING/NEW TITLES: APRIL 2018

FORTHCOMING/NEW TITLES: APRIL 2018

AUTHOR: Neha Singh ILLUSTRATOR: Meenal Singh CATEGORY: Fiction LANGUAGE: English AGE GROUP: Younger readers (0-7 years) PUBLISHER: Puffin Books (Penguin Random House...

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GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS — 6 APRIL 2018

GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS — 6 APRIL 2018

Stories and storytelling—that’s what Good Picks is all about. For this round, let’s begin with the tellers of the stories. What makes them tick? Anthony Horowitz spills...

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GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS — 20 MARCH 2018

GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS — 20 MARCH 2018

Ready for some more kid-lit goodness from around cyberspace? Let’s start with something in celebration of International Women’s Day. Women who change the world were, of...

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FORTHCOMING/NEW TITLES: MARCH 2018

FORTHCOMING/NEW TITLES: MARCH 2018

TITLE: The Paradise Flycatcher AUTHOR: Deepak Dalal ILLUSTRATOR: Krishna Bala Shenoi CATEGORY: Fiction LANGUAGE: English AGE GROUP: Middle readers (8-12 years) PUBLISHER...

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WHAT MAKES A BOOK AWARD-WORTHY?

With The Hindu Young World-Goodbooks Awards for 2018 done and dusted, we chatted with some of our jury members and asked them what they think is an award-worthy book...

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GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS – 1 MARCH 2018

GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS – 1 MARCH 2018

We’ve been talking of Indian kid-lit coming of age for the past decade. Surely it’s time for it to at least become a young adult? Karthik Shankar takes a closer look and...

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LIBRARY EDUCATOR’S CERTIFICATE COURSE

Library education for children has multiple possibilities and dimensions as yet unexplored in the Indian context. Parag, an initiative of Tata Trusts, is offering a Library Educator’s Course by the Bookworm Trust, Goa, in 2018. This is a Professional Development Certificate course, in English, open to all educators, and intended for teachers, school librarians, development

BRIGHT PROSPECTS

Two of The Hindu Young World-Goodbooks Award-winning books find mention in this excellent piece on inclusivity in children’s books in India.

http://www.thehindu.com/books/the-prospects-of-childrens-publishing-in-india-are-brightening/article22771146.ece

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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