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

RAJU’S FIRST FLIGHT/ARYA IN THE COCKPIT

RAJU’S FIRST FLIGHT/ARYA IN THE COCKPIT

It’s an exciting day for Raju. Join him as he prepares for a very special flight journey. Arya...

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NINJA NANI & THE BUMBLING BURGLARS

NINJA NANI & THE BUMBLING BURGLARS

Who’s yo’ granny? Deepu wants to watch his favourite show, Ninja Dragon Morimori, but someone...

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A WALK WITH THAMBI

A WALK WITH THAMBI

“We were late. We were running in the street. We had played in teh river, and we had climbed...

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ONE’S OWN, YET DIFFERENT

ONE’S OWN, YET DIFFERENT

This book reads as softly as a lullaby and as provocatively a stereotype smashing handbook. A...

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AMMA, TELL ME ABOUT DURGA PUJA/HOLI/DIWALI!

AMMA, TELL ME ABOUT DURGA PUJA/HOLI/DIWALI!

Amma, Tell Me about Durga Puja! The city is abuzz with fanfare and fervour, giant idols under...

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THE TALE OF THE TOILET

THE TALE OF THE TOILET

Number one or number two, they are always big jobs! But do you ever wonder what toilets looked...

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I PLANTED A SEED

I PLANTED A SEED

A boy finds a little seed and plants it. What will grow out of it, he wonders—a tree, a...

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AMMACHI’S GLASSES

AMMACHI’S GLASSES

Ammachi can’t find her glasses one morning and everything goes topsy-turvy! Page after page...

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AMIR KHUSRAU: THE MAN IN RIDDLES

AMIR KHUSRAU: THE MAN IN RIDDLES

A riddle is a mystery concealed in words, each a clue you must unravel. In this book, it is also...

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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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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

GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS—18 FEBRUARY 2018

GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS—18 FEBRUARY 2018

Not too long ago, if you were looking for news relating to Indian children’s books and publishing, you had to look with a fine-tooth comb in dusty corners of libraries or...

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GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS – 1 FEB 2018

GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS – 1 FEB 2018

What better time to talk about children’s books than at the start of the new year? Since we at Goodbooks like to keep a finger on the pulse of developments in this front...

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FORTHCOMING/NEW TITLES: FEBRUARY 2018

FORTHCOMING/NEW TITLES: FEBRUARY 2018

TITLE: Good Night India (Good Night Our World series) AUTHOR: Nitya Khemka ILLUSTRATOR: Kavita Singh Kale CATEGORY: Fiction LANGUAGE: English AGE GROUP: Young readers (0-7...

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THE FANTASTIC FIVE

Quotes from the winners of The Hindu Young World-Goodbooks Awards 2018

http://www.thehindu.com/children/fantastic-five/article22520629.ece

Illustrations, like music, need no translation. That said, I’m glad that The Hindu Young World-Goodbooks Awards are being given because they are such an encouragement to the publishing industry, authors and artists in India.

Nancy Raj

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