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Jumpstart January with these Children’s Books

Hey young readers! Ready to kick off the New Year with a blast of stories and adventures? Our special January collection is here to make 2024 your best year of reading yet. Let’s dive into a world of fun and imagination together – who’s in for the ride?

The Later Adventures of Hanuman
The Later Adventures of Hanuman || Amit Majmudar

In this collection of forty exciting tales, read how Hanuman, the monkey-god, vanquishes the thousand-headed Ahiravana, defeats a giant wasp-demoness, races with Garuda to see who is the fastest and has many other escapades.

Action-packed and fast-paced, these reimagined stories of chiranjeevi Hanuman’s later adventures are magical, heart-warming and bittersweet. Continuing the traditional folk practice of inventing adventures for Hanuman, Amit Majmudar takes us along on the monkey-god’s long and lonely, and rollickingly eventful, immortality.

 

Feathers, Fools and Farts
Feathers, Fools and Farts || L. Somi Roy, Thangjam Hindustani Devi

Be warned.

These ten wacky stories in Feathers, Fools, and Farts: Manipuri Folktales Retold from Manipur, perched on India’s border with Myanmar, are not for scaredy-cats.

Nor for those of you who do not enjoy a hearty laugh or a good cry. And if you try to copy the foolishness of the characters, animal and human, in these folktales, you just might turn into a tiger, get stung by a swarm of bees, or even get poo’ed on.

If, however, you believe in strange romances, admire bravery, and like magic and sorcery, this book is for you, wherever you are.

 

 

The Talking Book
The Talking Book || L. Somi Roy, Thangjam Hindustani Devi

 

The story of communication begins in prehistoric times, gallops through the dark arts, untranslatable words and languages brought back from the dead, and arrives in the age of AI. Along the way, we meet outstanding characters—the one-word man, the 400-word monkey and the million-word computer—who play their part in the development of language.

Every tale in this book holds a clue to the gigantic puzzle of the evolution of language that has hypnotized brilliant minds over time. Handprints of not-quite-humans on ancient cave walls, secrets buried in ash from a seven-year-long winter, forbidden experiments by kings on babies and even a rogue gene hiding in your DNA—how do they all piece together?

WARNING: Enjoy the rollercoaster ride of language, hilarious histories and crazy quizzes, but ignore the wise-cracking dog who will insist he wrote this book.

 

Rocket Science for Smartypants
Rocket Science for Smartypants || Anushka Ravishankar

Are you a Smartypants?
Do you ask a lot of questions? Like—
What makes a rocket take off?
What is a satellite?
Can you take off like a rocket if you eat a lot of beans?
If you do, then you just might find the answers in this book.
It has gorgeous pictures, simple explanations and a very curious cat!

Cell Theory for Smartypants
Cell Theory for Smartypants || Anushka Ravishankar

Are you a Smartypants?
Do you ask a lot of questions? Like—
Can you see an animal cell?
Does a Golgi body need exercise?
How many cells does a cat have?
If you do, then you just might find the answers in this book.
It has gorgeous pictures, simple explanations and a very curious cat!

 

Set Theory for Smartypants
Set Theory for Smartypants || Anushka Ravishankar

Are you a Smartypants?
Do you ask a lot of questions? Like—
Can a set have a bicycle and a banana?
Can there be a set with nothing in it?
Do cats like tuna or chicken?
If you do, then you just might find the answers in this book.
It has gorgeous pictures, simple explanations and a very curious cat!

 

 

Grandma's Bag of Stories
Grandma’s Bag of Stories || Sudha Murty

This beloved and bestselling collection of stories by India’s favourite author, Sudha Murty, has sold countless number of copies and entertained generations of children in the subcontinent. Featuring gorgeous illustrations and a new introduction by the author, this special keepsake edition brings to book lovers an old favourite in a stunning new look.

Jingle All the Way with These Children’s Books

Discover the magic of December through the eyes of your little ones with our latest children’s books! Dive into enchanting stories that will make them giggle, learn, and dream. Join us in exploring the newest releases that are sure to fill your family time with joy and wonder!

 

The Chhau Champ (hOle Book)
The Chhau Champ (hOle Book) || Vibha Batra

Shubha wants to learn Chhau. But her father wants to only teach her brother Shayon. How will Shubha persuade him that she too deserves a chance?

The Henna Start-up
The Henna Start-up || Andaleeb Wajid

Abir Maqsood is angry.

She has things to do: a career to carve, money to earn, and, in the small stuff, a dining table to fix. But there are many obstacles in the way: lack of money, her parents’ over-protective attitude, and a most annoying distraction in class called Arsalan.

When her mother is not paid her dues for her henna service, Abir resolves to help her by creating a henna app. Her college is also running a programme for student start-ups so things look most fortuitous. But the path to getting funding is littered with more thorns than roses.

As Abir navigates through college, friendships and social pressures with determination, will she find the freedom that she is truly looking for?

Best Indian Stories for Children
Best Indian Stories for Children || R K Narayan, Anita Desai, Ruskin Bond, Sudha Murty (Ed.)

Enjoy reading masterfully crafted stories for children by four all-time favourite authors. Dive into extraordinary landscapes, meet evergreen characters and get immersed in the magic of these classic tales that is sure to spark a love for reading and literature!

The Perfect November Gifts for Your Little One!

November is here, and it’s time to unwrap the gift of enchanting stories for kids! Dive into a world of whimsy, wonder, and daring quests with these new children’s releases. #GiftAPenguin book to your little one and let the storytelling magic begin!

 

The Misadventures of a Diamond Thief
The Misadventures of a Diamond Thief || Lubaina Bandukwala

Sahabzada Hawa Singh Rafu Chakkar (Rafu), a descendant of the legendary Time-Travelling, Thieving Djinns, wants to abandon the family tradition of stealing jewels to pursue his true passion—cooking. However, when the king of djinns tasks him with a mission to steal the Shah-i-Noor diamond in the newly built city of Haiderabad, Rafu reluctantly accepts. His secret agenda? The diamond is his ticket to his dream.

With only two weeks to get the coveted gem, Rafu finds himself entangled in a web of cunning courtiers, mysterious thieves and a most annoying horse, all while the tantalizing aroma of pulavs and kebabs constantly distracts him. Racing against the clock, Rafu’s adventure unfurls as he strives to turn his dream into reality. How far will he go?

How the Bamboo Got its Bounty
How the Bamboo Got its Bounty || Sudha Murty

In a lush, green forest, a shy, unassuming tree is presented with a reward by the forest queen. This makes
all the forest inhabitants curious . . .

India’s favourite storyteller brings to us the story of the humble bamboo that endures and selflessly gives.
A charming ode to our bountiful forests and trees, their resilience and the abundant gifts they bestow upon us, this gorgeous chapter book is the ideal introduction to the world of Sudha Murty.

 

Starry Starry Night
Starry Starry Night || Nandita Basu

After Kunal’s mother dies, he is sent off to a boarding school in the hills. Till he has a hostel room, he stays with Tara, his father’s cousin, who teaches a special music programme in the school.
Teaching music helped Tara after her best friend died—that, and perhaps the company of the enigmatic figure known as Death, whom she sees everywhere.
Tara and Kunal must try to live together, their lives entwined by their separate losses—which neither is comfortable talking about.
This is a tale of love and loss, of the healing and illuminating power of friendship, art and music.

 

A Children's History of India in 100 objects
A Children’s History of India in 100 Objects || Devika Cariapa

A stone-age hand axe, an enchantingly sculpted yakshi, the Koh-i-Noor diamond, and even an HMT watch—can these things have anything in common?
Yes, they can!
Each of these has been conceived by the human mind and shaped by the human hand. Each object has a voice, not just of rulers and conquerors, but also of the common people. Most significant of all, each carries stories of how communities and identities were built on the Indian subcontinent.
Spanning the entirety of Indian history, from prehistoric to contemporary times, the 100 objects and artefacts chronicled in this book have shaped our present. Learn about the people who created these amazing objects, their way of life and culture, and how these objects influenced our world.
Embellished with vibrant illustrations, this engaging book will fire the imagination of readers and make them look at our incredible material remains in a new light while helping them understand our diverse pasts.

Spin Through September with these Children’s Books!

Step into September with a bundle of brand-new children’s books! Join Biji in the kitchen, tag along with Anna and Kichu through their big fight, and help Ira ensure Mahalaxmi’s unforgettable trip to Mysore. These stories are perfect for young readers, full of fun and excitement!

 

Biji's In The Kitchen
Biji’s In The Kitchen || Natasha Sharma

Slimy bhindi curry, anyone? Biji is freestyle and fun. But when she is in the kitchen, everyone, beware!

 

The Big Bad Fight
The Big Bad Fight || Yamini Vijayan

Best friends Anna and Kichu are collectors of incredible things. But one day, they have a nasty fight. Will things ever be the same again?

 

Mahalaxmi Will Go to Mysore
Mahalaxmi Will Go to Mysore || Niyatee Sharma

Ira’s new friend Mahalaxmi is different from everyone else in the class. When Mahalaxmi can’t come on the class trip to Mysore, Ira knows she has to find a way. But will Mahalaxmi let her classmates help her?

 

June Reads: Recommended Books for Children

Get ready for a magical journey into the world of children’s literature with our selection of June releases! From delightful picture books that bring stories to life, to captivating chapter books and sparkling illustrations, these tales will take kids and parents alike on literary escapades. Join us as we unveil stories that will inspire laughter, spark curiosity and create cherished memories.

My First Sudha Murthy Collection: A Set of Four Chapter Books
My First Sudha Murthy Collection: A Set of Four Chapter Books || Sudha Murthy

From India’s favourite writer comes a curated collection of 4 heartwarming stories packaged as charming chapter books. Each book offers a splendid introduction to Sudha Murty’s world through captivating illustrations, endearing characters and deliciously written tales in her unique style.

Magical, beautiful and full of wonder this boxset is a perfect gift for beginners.

 

Bipathu and Very Big Dream
Bipathu and Very Big Dream || Anita Nair

When school reopens in the village of Kaikurussi after the pandemic lockdown, nine-year-old Bipathu makes new friends-Madama, a blind lady who has moved to the village, Maash, a neighbour, Rahul, a boy who loves football as much as she does, and Duggu, a rescued puppy. When Madama gifts Bipathu’s brother Saad, a special needs child, a pair of braces, Bipathu starts believing in the power of the universe. So, when Suleiman, the class bully, roughs up Rahul to prevent him from training for the football match selections, Bipathu looks to the universe for help.

The Girl Who Loved To Run: P.T. Usha
The Girl Who Loved To Run: P.T. Usha || Lavanya Karthik

 

Quick as a bird, fast as a train-there she goes! This is the story of P.T. Usha, before she became a legend in Indian sports.

 

The Paper Plane Flew
The Paper Plane Flew || Bharti Singh

One afternoon, Mithi and her father make a paper aeroplane and send it into the sky. How far it will travel?

 

Simi Stands Tall
Simi Stands Tall || Arti Sonthalia

 

Simi has to join a new school in a new city. But the three-time academic award winner of Bhaarti Bhavan is suddenly a nobody at Newton International School. She discovers that a boy named Parth, who dresses in shabby clothes and torn shoes, is much smarter than her. The popular girl, Alisa, has a mean streak. Simi’s only confidant is her pet goldfish, Goldie, as she navigates annoying older siblings and her mother’s chemotherapy.
With so many changes in her life, will Simi learn to choose her human friends wisely, stand up tall for herself and defend her real friends?

Don’t miss out on the joy and wonder that await in our June collection!

May Marvels: Recommended Books for Children

As avid readers and parents ourselves, we understand the importance of finding engaging and age-appropriate books that will inspire a lifelong love for reading in young minds. So, check out this list of recommended books for your children that range from picture books to middle-grade novels.

 

Zen by Shabnam Minwalla

Zen
Zen || Shabnam Minwalla

In 1935, Zainab Essanji wants to break out of her restricted life and be part of the independence movement. But it seems that all she is destined to do is embroider and wait to get married.

In 2019, Zainab Currimji, class XI student, is unhappy at getting drawn into debates and controversies which she would rather not be part of. But in India of 2019, how can one not be drawn into these?

In this deeply addictive, sweeping book about the life and times of the two Zainabs, is captured a short history of Mumbai, and of India. Of what we were and what we have become.

Strangus Derangus & Other Adventures of Little Shambu (Book 1) by Reena Ittyerah Puri

Strangus Derangus & Other Adventures of Little Shambu (Book 1)
Strangus Derangus & Other Adventures of Little Shambu (Book 1) || Reena Ittyerah Puri

What would you say of a boy who loves rushing headlong into trouble?

That’s what Little Shambu does with his dog, the loyal Dum Dum, in tow. But as his best friend, Shanti, would tell you, it always leads him into exciting adventures involving lost cats, mysterious carrot thieves, a strange and exotic creature and stolen pandas.

Escape into the fantastic world of Little Shambu with these brand-new adventures of the beloved character from TINKLE.

In the Bear’s Den & More Adventures of Little Shambu (Book 2) by Reena Ittyerah Puri

In the Bear’s Den & More Adventures of Little Shambu (Book 2)
In the Bear’s Den & More Adventures of Little Shambu (Book 2) || Reena Ittyerah Puri

What would you say of a boy who continues to find himself in sticky situations?

That’s what Little Shambu does with his dog, the loyal Dum Dum, in tow. But as his best friend, Shanti, would tell you, it always leads him into exciting adventures involving grouchy bears, rattling cattle, slouchy snakes and runaway elephants.

Escape into the fantastic world of Little Shambu with these brand-new adventures of the beloved character from TINKLE.

The Boy Who Wanted to Fly: JRD Tata (Dreamers Series) by Lavanya Karthik

The Boy Who Wanted to Fly: JRD Tata
The Boy Who Wanted to Fly: JRD Tata || Lavanya Karthik

Before Jeh started India’s first airline and changed the way the nation travelled, he was a boy who dreamt of flying.

Sleepytime Tales with Vicky Voyager by Sonia Mehta

Sleepytime Tales with Vicky Voyager
Sleepytime Tales with Vicky Voyager || Sonia Mehta

The Series: It’s bedtime! Time to settle down, get cosy and read some stories-with magical moments, oodles of entertainment and a little bit of learning. Meet some happy characters who love to know about . . . well, everything! Join them as they explore the world and discover fun things along the way.

The Book: Vicky Voyager is a history buff and time-traveller, who has invented a top-secret time machine. With his best friends Lucky and Lulu, Vicky visits different historical eras in this trusty machine. The trio gets to meet Cleopatra, Alexander and other famous historical figures while having some rollicking adventures together!

Sleepytime Tales with Eppy Explorer by Sonia Mehta

Sleepytime Tales with Eppy Explorer
Sleepytime Tales with Eppy Explorer

Eppy Explorer is an intrepid world traveller, who loves to visit new countries and learn more about people and places. With her pet ginger cat, Tango, she goes on hair-raising adventures across the fjords of Norway, the savanna of Africa, the volcanoes of Japan and even the Jordanian desert. Eppy meets some interesting new friends while learning about fascinating geographical phenomena!

Truck Call for Ajju by Anjana Nagabhushana

Truck Call for Ajju
Truck Call for Ajju || Anjana Nagabhushana

Hello! Can you hear me?

Between working out countable and uncountable nouns with his best friend Karthik, learning to be a budding guitarist with his music teacher Miss Alva, completing his homework, and getting into trouble with his parents for building sugar-cube igloos with his Kini Maasi, Ajju was living the life of a normal eight-year-old.
And it was all going great until a baby elephant walked into his life. Molly was an eight-month-old elephant in distant Zimbabwe. What could the connection between them possibly be?

All-time Favourite Nature Stories by Ruskin Bond

All-time Favourite Nature Stories
All-time Favourite Nature Stories || Ruskin Bond

‘I am lucky to be up here on this mountain, where the wind still hums in the deodars, the horse chestnuts fall in the autumn and the flycatchers flit among the ancient oaks.’

All-time Favourite Nature Stories is a collection of twenty-five soulful and timeless tales about nature, featuring endearing characters and stunning illustrations.

From ‘The Cherry Tree’ to ‘Grandfather’s Feathered Foes’, each story is replete with a different sensorial experience-rustling leaf, still forests, burbling streams, chirping birds, picturesque landscapes and so much more!

Curated by Ruskin Bond, this book celebrates the magnificence of nature and his deep, abiding love for it.

The World of Butterfingers: Adventure in Texas and Other Stories by Khyrunnisa A.

The World of Butterfingers: Adventure in Texas and Other Stories
The World of Butterfingers: Adventure in Texas and Other Stories || Khyrunnisa A.

Chaotic Butterfingers, aka Amar Kishen, and his misadventures return in this collection of 3-in-1 comics. From travelling to Texas to solving a shoe mystery to getting into trouble and then saving the day–Butterfingers does it all!

Brand new baby shoes in a pile of garbage invite Amar and his friends to unravel the mystery of the missing baby.
A trip to Texas and Amar’s clumsiness take a rather unexpected turn to dizzying new heights!
Disaster strikes when Amar is tasked to run a marathon with his school principal leaving everyone with a case of giggles.

So, drop everything and jump into this book . . . because where there’s Butterfingers, there’s bound to be fun, thrills and, of course, spills.

The Library of hOles (New Box Set with 33 hOle Books!)

The Library of hOles
The Library of hOles

Thousands of Indian kids have jumped into reading with a Duckbill hOle book!
Get all 33 books in the series in this unique Library of hOles, and make your child fall in love with books and stories. Recognizable by the hOle at the top corner of each book, these chapter books are for kids learning to read independently. They are full of fun stories, gorgeous illustrations and hOles!

Six 10s: Sixty Indian Stories You May Not Have Heard Before

Six 10s: Sixty Indian Stories You May Not Have Heard Before
Six 10s: Sixty Indian Stories You May Not Have Heard Before

There are so many things about India we learn and so many fascinating things that are left to find out. This set deals with six such subjects-ranging from history, environment and art to people who have transformed lives in many ways. Sixty such enthralling and incredible stories are contained in this box that is sure to delight and spark the curiosity of young readers.

Read the books to find out about

  • Monarchs whose amazing stories you may not know
  • Animals that you may never again see in the wild
  • Heroes who help people live with dignity
  • Champions who are fighting to save the planet
  • Art mysteries that have never been solved
  • Women who were the first to do what they did

The Adventures of Feluda (Special Birthday Edition; Collector’s Edition Box Set) by Satyajit Ray

The Adventures of Feluda
The Adventures of Feluda || Satyajit Ray

Dive into twelve timeless classic whodunnits by iconic storyteller Satyajit Ray, featuring the legendary detective, Feluda. Join the private investigator as he plunges into seemingly impossible and strange cases accompanied by his sharp and curious nephew, Topse, and the comically anxious novelist, Jatayu.

1. THE EMPEROR’S RING: Feluda is on holiday in Lucknow when a priceless Mughal ring is stolen.

2. THE ROYAL BENGAL MYSTERY: A bloodthirsty tiger is suspiciously killing off people related to an ancestral treasure.

3. THE HOUSE OF DEATH: The search for a scroll leads Feluda to a motley crew of characters, among whom lurks a dangerous killer.

4. TROUBLE IN GANGTOK: In the picturesque city of Gangtok, a businessman is murdered, and the list of suspects is long.

5. THE MYSTERY OF THE ELEPHANT GOD: In Varanasi, the theft of a valuable statuette of Ganesha leads Feluda to unmask a fake sadhu.

6. THE GOLDEN FORTRESS: Feluda sets out in search of a missing boy claiming to remember his previous life.

7. THE CURSE OF THE GODDESS: A stamp collection vanishes; some coded diaries are uncovered and the head of a family in Hazaribagh lies dead.

8. THE BANDITS OF BOMBAY: Soon after Jatayu hands over a package to a man in a red shirt, someone is murdered.

9. THE SECRET OF THE CEMETERY: Feluda chances upon an old grave that has been dug up at the Park Street cemetery.

10. A KILLER IN KAILASH: Feluda, Topse, and Jatayu try to prevent the smuggling of priceless sculptures out of India.

11. THE CRIMINALS IN KATHMANDU: A murder in Calcutta sets Feluda on a trail that leads him all the way to Kathmandu and the doorstep of his arch-nemesis, Maganlal Meghraj.

12. THE INCIDENT ON THE KALKA MAIL: When a man’s blue briefcase gets accidentally switched with someone else’s during a train ride, he enlists Feluda’s help to recover it.

 

Dum Dum to the Rescue and Yet More Adventures of Little Shambu (Book 3)

Dum Dum to the Rescue and Yet More Adventures of Little Shambu (Book 3)
Dum Dum to the Rescue and Yet More Adventures of Little Shambu (Book 3)

What would you say of a boy who gets into trouble over and over again?

That’s what Little Shambu does with his dog, the loyal Dum Dum, in tow. But as his best friend, Shanti, would tell you, it always leads him into exciting adventures involving homely chickens and a crafty fox, mischievous mice, moustached men and confusing encounters with aliens.

Escape into the fantastic world of Little Shambu with these brand-new adventures of the beloved character from TINKLE.

Storytime for your penguinster!

As the air fills with the sweet scent of flowers, gift your young penguinster these books to enhance the magical experience of spring. 

 

How Not to Get Wet in the Rain by Sunanda Kulkarni

Do you know how to stay dry when it rains? or how to make jewels out of brass? Or just distribute the five oranges evenly among the seven kids? There are solutions to all of these issues and more in this treasure trove of Indian folktales. A kingdom made up of wild animals, a peculiar mouse-girl, a fool who thinks gold coins are trash, a king who can’t stop coughing, a mystery man who pulls the emperor’s beard, and many other such odd and incredible characters are among those we encounter.

These simple parables of advice demonstrate how, with a little common sense and polite wit, any issue—no matter how strange or insurmountable—can be resolved.

 

Grabber by Jehan Zachary and Nirmal Pulickal

Grabber
Grabber || Jehan Zachary and Nirmal Pulickal

An urban tale claims that the Black Taj Mahal, a grand tomb that was once as stunning and magnificent as its white twin, is buried in the sands of time. However, it concealed a sinister truth: the White Taj was constructed using 64 severed hands.

A queen from the former Mughal courts becomes friends with 12-year-old Nuru during the British period, hundreds of years later. Mumtaz makes random appearances and disappearances while issuing a prophetic warning. the resurgence of the pisacha, a macabre marriage of the 64 severed hands that constructed the White Taj Mahal.

Everyone’s demise is near, and the only way to stop this evil is to locate the legendary Black Taj Mahal.

 

Terminal 3 by Debasmita Dasgupta

Terminal 3: A Graphic Novel set in Kashmir
Terminal 3 || Debasmita Dasgupta

Khwab has persevered despite experiencing joy and emptiness, desire and grief, penance and serenity. She imagines that one day, existence will be a paradise. The tale of the common people attempting to live out their dreams in the Valley is told in Terminal 3: Breathing Against the Background of Conflict.

 

10 Indian Tribes and the Unique Lives They Lead by Nidhi Dugar Kundalia

10 Indian Tribes and the Unique Lives They Lead (The 10s Series)
10 Indian Tribes and the Unique Lives They Lead || Nidhi Dugar Kundalia

In this book, ten Indian tribes are described who have lived very distinct lives from the rest of India, sometimes even in the same physical locations. Rarely have their origins been communicated. Nidhi Dugar Kundalia explores the everyday routines, traditions, and difficulties of some of the numerous tribes that coexist in our nation. She also traces their historical development.

 

Puffin Lives: 10 Unforgettable Indians and their Remarkable Stories (Boxset)

Puffin Lives: 10 Unforgettable Indians and their Remarkable Stories (Boxset)
Puffin Lives: 10 Unforgettable Indians and their Remarkable Stories (Boxset)

The Puffin Lives series examines the professional and personal journeys of well-known Indians from a variety of disciplines. These biographies, written by authors like Sreelata Menon, Subhadra Sen Gupta, Devika Rangachari, and others, reproduce the lives and legacies of famous people. This collection of fascinating tales about trailblazers like Mahatma Gandhi, B.R. Ambedkar, Guru Nanak, and Mother Teresa are laced with anecdotes, obscure facts, and trivia.

 

Each book is an engrossing account of icons whose lives continue to influence every generation, making this a wonderful gift box for your penguinster.

Fascinating February 2023 Reads for Your Penguinster! 🐧

Cuddled up with your kid and looking for the perfect bedtime story? Penguin’s got you covered. Here are our February recommendations to make your kids warm up to reading. 

My First Ruskin Bond Collection by Ruskin Bond

My First Ruskin Bond Collection: A Set of 10 Chapter Books
My First Ruskin Bond Collection || Ruskin Bond

A carefully picked collection of ten concise, endearingly illustrated stories from India’s favourite storyteller, each book provides a wonderful introduction to the world of Ruskin Bond through fascinating characters and stories that are delightfully crafted in his particular way. This boxset of heartwarming, humorous, and vibrant books makes the ideal present for independent and beginning readers.

10 Unforgettable Indians and their Remarkable Stories 

Puffin Lives: 10 Unforgettable Indians and their Remarkable Stories (Boxset)
10 Unforgettable Indians and their Remarkable Stories

These biographies, written by authors like Sreelata Menon, Subhadra Sen Gupta, Devika Rangachari, and others, reconstruct the lives and legacies of famous people. This compilation of fascinating stories about trailblazers like Mahatma Gandhi, B.R. Ambedkar, Guru Nanak, and Mother Teresa are laced with anecdotes, obscure facts, and trivia. Each book is an engrossing tale of icons whose lives continue to inspire every generation, making this a wonderful gift package for young readers.

My Little Book of Gods and Goddesses Boxset 

My Little Book of Gods and Goddesses Boxset
My Little Book of Gods and Goddesses

This collection of six endearingly designed board books features stories about some of the most well-known and adored Hindu deities, including Krishna, Ganesha, Lakshmi, Hanuman, Shiva, and Durga. These books provide a special and pleasant introduction to classic myths for contemporary kids. They include fascinating facts about each god as well as a seek-and-find exercise.

Hanuman: Anjani’s Mighty Son (Read and Colour) by Devdutt Patnaik

Hanuman: Anjani’s Mighty Son (Read and Colour)
Hanuman: Anjani’s Mighty Son || Devdutt Patnaik

A new generation of readers is introduced to the tale of Hanuman, a beloved Hindu god, by Devdutt Pattanaik. The read-aloud version of Hanuman, Anjani’s Mighty Son is ideal for introducing young readers to the courage, selflessness, loyalty, and humility that Hanuman possessed. Young readers will love this distinctive, interactive style, especially for nighttime reading.

Terminal 3 by Debasmita Dasgupta

Terminal 3: A Graphic Novel set in Kashmir
Terminal 3 || Debasmita Dasgupta

Khwab has persevered through bliss and emptiness, desire and loss, penance and serenity. She has a dream about the day when life will be a paradise. The story of the common people in the Valley attempting to live their dreams is told in Terminal 3’s breathing against the setting of violence.

Taatung Tatung and Other Amazing Stories of India’s Diverse Languages by Vaishali Shroff

Taatung Tatung and Other Amazing Stories of India’s Diverse Languages
Taatung Tatung || Vaishali Shroff

Khwab has persevered through bliss and emptiness, desire and loss, penance and serenity. She has a dream about the day when life will be a paradise. The story of the common people in the Valley attempting to live their dreams is told in Terminal 3’s breathing against the setting of violence.

Dakshin by Nitin Kushalappa MP

Dakshin: South Indian Myths and Fables Retold
Dakshin || Nitin Kushalappa MP

Explore this collection of fifteen colourful myths, fables, and folktales from vivacious southern India. Discover the alluring fairies, elves, gods, and goddesses along the route as you journey from the banks of the Kaveri to the coasts of the Indian Ocean, from the depths of enigmatic jungles to the towering Nilgiris, from the opulent palaces of kings to tranquil villages in Coorg. Chuckle at a miser’s humorous actions. Cry at the foolish misfortunes. Be in awe of the weak’s bravery in the face of the powerful. Come and enjoy these wonderful folktales!

Munni Monster by Madhurima Vidyarthi

Munni Monster
Munni Monster || Madhurima Vidyarthi

When Munni, a relative of her grandmother’s who has cerebral palsy, moves in with them, Mishti’s life is drastically altered. Her only thought is to somehow get her to leave. But as time goes on, Munni develops oddly appealing tendencies, and when things reach a crisis point, Mishti isn’t so sure Munni is the monster she initially believed she was. A humorously moving tale about a young boy, 10, who must deal with unexpected and challenging changes, a disability, and, most importantly, love.

The Complete Vikram–Aditya Stories by Deepak Dalal

The Complete Vikram–Aditya Stories
The Complete Vikram–Aditya Stories || Deepak Dalal

India’s response to the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and Famous Five mystery novels is the Complete Vikram-Aditya Stories boxset. This collector’s edition boxset includes all eight volumes for the first time ever. The dynamic duo of Vikram and Aditya, together with their ragtag crew of companions, set off on exciting excursions where they come face to face with frightened wild creatures, secluded indigenous communities, and a number of other frightening situations.

 

Chitti’s Travelling Book Box by Kavitha Punniyamurthi

Chitti’s Travelling Book Box
Chitti’s Travelling Book Box || Kavitha Punniyamurthi

Chitti enjoys reading. But her town doesn’t have enough books, and some of her friends believe they’re boring! Can Chitti convince them to reconsider?

Children’s new releases, November!

Winter is coming. It’s almost here. There’s a nip in the air and we know you might be fleshing out hoodies and sweaters for your younger ones. To keep them warmer, we present to you their new cuddle buddies, our November releases! Our November releases are some of our greatest because we’ve saved some of the best for some of the last ones of the year. So, here are our November releases for children’s literature, enjoyed best with hot chocolate!

 

Passepartout, Is that You? by Menaka Raman
Passepartout, Is that You? || Menaka Raman

Passepartout, Is that You? (Hook Book)

Menaka Raman

Illustrated by Jenna Jose

Thatha has asked Shyam to keep an eye on Passepartout, a rescued tortoise. But now Passepartout has disappeared. Where can Shyam and Kannamma find him?

 

 

 

The Girl Who Loved Words: Mahashweta Devi by Lavanya Karthik
The Girl Who Loved Words: Mahashweta Devi || Lavanya Karthik

The Girl Who Loved Words: Mahashweta Devi (Dreamers Series)

Lavanya Karthik

Before Mahasweta Devi became a writer and human rights activist, she was a girl with a love for words.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Boy Who Made Magic: P C Sorcar by Lavanya Karthik
The Boy Who Made Magic: P C Sorcar || Lavanya Karthik

The Boy Who Made Magic: P C Sorcar (Dreamers Series)

Lavanya Karthik

Before the world knew of PC Sorcar as Jadusamrat-Emperor of Magic, he was a boy enchanted by a dream.

 

 

 

 

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The District Cup by Mallika Ravikumar
The District Cup || Mallika Ravikumar

The District Cup

Mallika Ravikumar

Though talented, technically-sound and quick on their feet, the Mulsari Eagles is a football team that is bogged down by tremendous challenges. There’s the mid-fielder Prithvi who wants to play professional football against his middle-class father’s aspirations; the winger Kadambini who is fighting negative attitudes and stereotypes to find respect on the field; the centre-back Mangya who performs on the streets for a living… The struggles are endless.

Their coach Siraj wants the kids to have a fighting chance. But can he clash against the unbridled wave of corruption in Indian football, especially age fraud, for them to lift the District Cup? Can the Mulsari Eagles herald a new era in the once-glorious sport? Can they strike their way through to their goal?

In time for FIFA 2022, The District Cup is the perfect novel for all budding and veteran sportspeople!

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That Big-Voiced Girl by Mamta Nainy
That Big-Voiced Girl || Mamta Nainy

That Big-Voiced Girl

Mamta Nainy

A unique biography that explores and celebrates the life of a popstar as a feisty little girl

Right from her childhood, Usha Uthup knew that music was her true calling.
She picked up songs from the radio and sang with her big, booming voice.

But when rejected during the audition for her school choir, Usha wondered if her big voice was any good. All she wanted was to sing. Does she find a way?

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Looking for Inspiration by Mamta Nainy
Looking for Inspiration || Mamta Nainy

Looking for Inspiration

Mamta Nainy

A unique biography that explores and celebrates the life of a poet as a curious boy.

Right from his childhood, Rabindranath Tagore, also known as Robi, was attracted to nature. He found his poetic inspiration amidst the glassy waters of the pond, the leafy trees in his garden and the endless blue sky. But when Inspiration went missing one fine morning, Robi searched and searched all around the house. How would he write his poems again?

 

 

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Sleepytime Tales with Nico Numero by Sonia Mehta
Sleepytime Tales with Nico Numero || Sonia Mehta

Sleepytime Tales with Nico Numero

Sonia Mehta

Bedtime stories with oodles of fun

 

 

So, head to your nearest bookstore or buy these wonderful books online and get those perfect winter companions for your little ones this November!

 

Bid goodbye to summer with September releases

September is here and the summer heat is slowly coming to a halt and the pleasant breeze is soon going to make your kids’ days even more cheerful! After the little ones have studied at school and played in the park, let them spend time reading amazing stories.

Check out our September releases and introduce your kids to diverse topics that they’d thoroughly enjoy reading.

 

Roshan’s Road to Music

front cover of Roshan’s Road to Music
Roshan’s Road to Music || Mamta Nainy

For ages: 5+ years

A unique biography that explores and celebrates the life of a musician as a passionate little girl. Right from her childhood, Annapurna Devi, also known as Roshan, had an ear for music. She found rhythm and melody in the most mundane sounds. She listened with wonder to the koel cooing and her grandmother snoring. But when her father gave sarod lessons to her brother, Roshan was moved to make music of her own. How did Roshan embark on her musical journey?

 

A Chera Adventure

front cover of A Chera Adventure
A Chera Adventure || Preetha Leela Chockalingam

For ages: 9+ years

Curious and spirited, Sharadha loves living life in her ancestral tharavadu. The grand ol’ house, Vishwasam, is right in the heart of her beloved Marayur, in the Chera kingdom. The house is also the centre of activities as Devaki Amma, her grandmother, is a healer for the King no less! Life is good in the sleepy village!

But her inquisitiveness takes Sharadha on an unintended adventure. Trying to investigate a secret, she chances upon a mysterious trader and ends up in the bustling city of Mahodayapuram. And it’s not just any city but the busy multicultural melting pot of the Cheraman Perumal Empire!

As she traverses the metropolis, Sharadha gets pulled into the magical colours, languages, religions, and the vibrancy of the city. She now realizes how complex the Capital is from her small village life-full of intrigue and political scandals. But as a sudden war with the ambitious and powerful Chola Dynasty looms on the horizon, Sharadha pines to get back to her old quiet life in Marayur.

Peek into an account of what life was like during the final years of the Chera Dynasty of the eleventh century Kerala!

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