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 you’re missing the scorching sun, Paromita Chakrabarti presents a selection of the best summer reads.

Looking for some tips on how to get started reading Indian kidlit? Here are some recommendations from Himanjali Sankar, once an editor of children’s books and a published author herself—a list of 10 ranging from chapter books to YA novels.

Writing for little humans is no small matter. And Natasha Sharma, creator of a range of children’s books, knows that very well. She talks about the joys and perils of fictionalising history for young readers, on how she gets her ideas, and more here.

Eric Carle is a familiar name to those of us engaged in the business of children’s books. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters degree by Bates College in the US more than a decade ago, but his commencement speech is a timeless gem. It reminds us all to keep sight of our dreams and to listen to our inner voice.

And to sign off on a lighter note, Pearl Dsilva maps her growing years by the fictional characters she “fell in crush” with. Relatable, whether any of us admits it or not!

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