WELCOME TO GOODBOOKS.IN

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.

SCROLL DOWN FOR MORE CONTENT

THE HINDU YOUNG WORLD-GOODBOOKS AWARDS 2019

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, will be presented at The Hindu Lit for Life fest in Chennai in January 2019.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION & NOMINATION FORMS

SNAPSHOT REVIEWS

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

SIT STILL

SIT STILL

Viji can’t sit still. She fidgets and she wriggles, and she is in constant motion. Nothing seems...

VIEW THE SNAPSHOT
THE FASCINATING FIBONACCIS

THE FASCINATING FIBONACCIS

Almost a thousand years ago, an Indian scholar called Hemachandra discovered a fascinating...

VIEW THE SNAPSHOT
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...

VIEW THE SNAPSHOT
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...

VIEW THE SNAPSHOT
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...

VIEW THE SNAPSHOT
TWO CLOUDS

TWO CLOUDS

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

VIEW THE SNAPSHOT
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...

VIEW THE SNAPSHOT
LORI’S MAGICAL MYSTERY

LORI’S MAGICAL MYSTERY

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

VIEW THE SNAPSHOT
AMMACHI’S AMAZING MACHINES

AMMACHI’S AMAZING MACHINES

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

VIEW THE SNAPSHOT

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...

READ THE REVIEW
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...

READ THE REVIEW
TALES FROM BENGAL

TALES FROM BENGAL

Folktales, epic narratives and legends connect people to their land, to an identity and to each...

READ THE REVIEW
UMA, NOT-SO-PERFECT

UMA, NOT-SO-PERFECT

Uma, Not-So-Perfect. A perfectly captivating title, calculated to raise a lot of expectations...

READ THE REVIEW
RADHA’S FAMILY

RADHA’S FAMILY

Since Madhuri Purandare won the Sahitya Akademi Bal Sahitya Puraskar in 2014 for her...

READ THE REVIEW
MONSTER GARDEN

MONSTER GARDEN

A draw-it-yourself picture book. What could that be? Enter Jerry Pinto’s Monster Garden to find...

READ THE REVIEW
DREAM WRITER

DREAM WRITER

Writers are often asked where their stories come from. It truly is the most important question...

READ THE REVIEW
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...

READ THE REVIEW

BLOG

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

GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS, 12 AUGUST 2018

GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS, 12 AUGUST 2018

What do piglets and toddlers have in common? Leaving various uncomplimentary things aside, perhaps sticking their noses into everything in sight would be on top of the...

READ MORE
FORTHCOMING/NEW TITLES: AUGUST 2018

FORTHCOMING/NEW TITLES: AUGUST 2018

Jwala Kumar and the Gift of Fire: Adventures in Champakbagh AUTHOR: Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar ILLUSTRATOR: Krishna Bala Shenoi CATEGORY: Fiction LANGUAGE: English PAGES...

READ MORE
GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS: 30 July 2018

GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS: 30 July 2018

Of course, we know that these days children’s fiction doesn’t shy away from dark topics. From picture books on death and middle-grade novels on gender identity...

READ 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...

READ MORE
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...

READ MORE
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...

READ MORE
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...

READ MORE
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...

READ MORE
a-tree-in-my-village-english.jpg
ouch-_-moo_bothbooks.jpg
Earthsong-cover.jpg
9788179934654.jpg
9788179934470.jpg

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...

READ MORE
ALL THE CONTENT FROM THE OLD GOODBOOKS SITE WILL BE AVAILABLE HERE SOON. OLD LINKS/BOOKMARKS MAY NOT BE VALID ANYMORE. PLEASE BEAR WITH US TILL THE NEW SITE IS FULLY UPDATED.

cropped-GOODBOOKS-LOGO-SQUARE.png

“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
cropped-GOODBOOKS-LOGO-SQUARE.png

“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.”

cropped-GOODBOOKS-LOGO-SQUARE.png

“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
Phone: +91 44 24331639
Teynampet, Chennai – 600018 INDIA
24/1 Ganapathy Colony Third Street