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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.

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SNAPSHOT REVIEWS

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

THE RAGE OF WATERS

THE RAGE OF WATERS

People stranded, schools shut, roads clogged, and electricity snapped. Floods can bring life to...

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BOO! WHEN MY SISTER DIED

BOO! WHEN MY SISTER DIED

When Noorie’s sister Zoya dies, everything in Noorie’s world becomes silent. She knows her...

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NINJA NANI & THE MAD MUMMY MIX-UP

NINJA NANI & THE MAD MUMMY MIX-UP

There’s a mummy at the Gadbadnagar Museum, a real live…er, dead…mummy. And it’s...

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DANCE OF THE WILD

DANCE OF THE WILD

Little Shilu loves to dance around naked. She wants to be like the animals; like Pirate, her...

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A BOOK FOR PUCHKU

A BOOK FOR PUCHKU

Puchku has run out of books to read. Then she discovers more books in the top shelf of the...

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THE ADVENTURES OF TOOTSIE LAMA

THE ADVENTURES OF TOOTSIE LAMA

Tootsie Lama is an eight-year-old girl in Darjeeling. She lives on her own, goes to bed any time...

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THE DOG WHO TAUGHT ME MATH

THE DOG WHO TAUGHT ME MATH

Parvathy loves her mother, she listens to her grandfather, she likes going to school, she does...

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MAMA, WHAT IS THE NIGHT?

MAMA, WHAT IS THE NIGHT?

“Tell me please: What is The Night?” asks a little girl of the earthworm, the owl, the firefly…...

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LITTLE BIG JOYS

LITTLE BIG JOYS

A collection of poems about childhood — reflecting simple and intense moments of joy, and some...

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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)

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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DREAM WRITER

DREAM WRITER

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

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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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FORTHCOMING/NEW: NOVEMBER 2018

FORTHCOMING/NEW: NOVEMBER 2018

Peanut vs the Piano AUTHOR: Yashodhara Lal ILLUSTRATOR: Shreya Sen CATEGORY: Fiction LANGUAGE: English AGE GROUP: Young readers (0-7 years) PUBLISHER: Duckbill PRICE: Rs...

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1.8 MILLION KIDS READING TOGETHER, 2018

1.8 MILLION KIDS READING TOGETHER, 2018

One Nation Reading Together is an annual event, conducted by Scholastic India on the last Friday of November, where children in schools across the country spend 20 minutes...

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FORTHCOMING/NEW: OCTOBER 2018

FORTHCOMING/NEW: OCTOBER 2018

Puu AUTHOR: C.G. Salamander ILLUSTRATOR: Samidha Gunjal CATEGORY: Fiction LANGUAGE: English AGE GROUP: Young readers (0-7 years) PUBLISHER: Scholastic PRICE: Rs 195 ABOUT...

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IN THE SHADOW OF SECTION 377

IN THE SHADOW OF SECTION 377

The offending portions of Section 377 are history and we can all take heart in knowing that it’s another step towards a more inclusive society, a society that will...

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FORTHCOMING/NEW TITLES: SEPTEMBER 2018

FORTHCOMING/NEW TITLES: SEPTEMBER 2018

Ninja Nani and the Mad Mummy Mix-Up AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR: Lavanya Karthik CATEGORY: Fiction LANGUAGE: English AGE GROUP: Middle readers (8-12 years) PUBLISHER...

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GOOD PICKS FROM GOOD BOOKS, 24 AUGUST 2018

GOOD PICKS FROM GOOD BOOKS, 24 AUGUST 2018

This time we venture further afield in our round-up of news and views pertaining to children’s and YA fiction for a glimpse of what’s happening in other corners of the...

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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...

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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...

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