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 society. Though there are very few Indian children’s books that address this lacuna, when we cast the net wider, it’s a different story. Brookline Kidsmith, the kiddy Twitter handle of the Boston bookstore Brookline Booksmith, have curated this list of underrepresentated LGBTQ+ books where the girl gets the girl.
The month of June also featured World Environment Day, in honour of which Pratham Books featured this tree-flavoured list on their blog, celebrating our beautiful planet. For even more tips on environment-related books for young readers, refer to this essay by Parinita Shetty. “Save the environment, read your child a book,” she says. We concur.
Any talk of Indian kidlit usually always restricts itself to the English readership. In a country as complex and diverse as India, it’s hardly a great leap to realise that this comprises only a tiny proportion of readers. There are some wonderful organisations addressing this gap, among them Suchana, an NGO near Santiniketan who translate books to Santhali for tribal children.