Books for Kids

In our book review section you will find reviews of children’s books from all over the world. We also carry book excerpts, favorite reading lists by well-known writers and lists of great books for children. We review all genres of children’s books – the classics and the new, illustrated books, picture books…

The Play

The Amazing Days of Abby Hayes Written by Anne Mazer Published by Scholastic Inc. The class is preparing to enact Peter Pan for the school, and Abby Hayes has one big ambition - she wants the best part. And she is willing to work hard to...

Granny’s Girl

Neena's Granny Written by Vinita Krishna Illustrations by Sujasha Dasgupta Published by Scholastic India Pvt. Ltd. Some grannies are funny, some grannies are loving, but Neena's granny is her best friend. While the little girl thrives on Granny's lunchtime surprises and stories and snuggles up to her in...

Born to Love Animals

The House Where Cockroaches Live to a Ripe Old Age Written by Yoram Kaniuk; Translated by Yoram and Miranda Kaniuk Illustrations by Tapas Guha Published by Scholastic India Pvt. Ltd. This book is about a little girl, Naomi, whose love for animals makes her convert her house...

Hamid Buys an Eid Present

Festival of Eid English translation of 'Eidgah' (Hindi) Written by Munshi Premchand Translated by Khushwant Singh Published by National Book Trust, New Delhi Translated by the veteran columnist and writer, Khushwant Singh, Festival of Eid retains the compelling essence of the original work. This well illustrated book tells the...

The Magical Land of Narnia

  'The Chronicles of Narnia' series by C.S. Lewis Review by Sujit Thomas; Illustration by Shinod AP Most newspapers which carried articles about Harry Potter several months ago usually had only one thing to say, though in different words: "Harry Potter! The One and Only", or "No...

Learn while Playing!

| Done with the exams and looking for a break? How about trying a few mental calisthenics (gym exercises to tone up the body) that will keep your grey cells active during the summer vacations? The books reviewed below help you do just that. At...

Real Winners in Life

Will to Win Written by Ramendra Kumar Published by Dahlia Publishers, Thiruvalla, Kerala A collection of short stories for children aged 10 and above, Ramendra Kumar's Will to Win is a good mix of themes, but with one thing in common - they have children playing important...

Far from Potty about Harry Potter

Harry Potter Series Written by J.K. Rowling Published by Scholastic Books (US) and Bloomsbury Publishing (UK) Two weeks ago, we had carried a book review by 11-year-old Sujit Thomas on J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. In his view, the Harry Potter series is far superior to Enid...

The Best Christmas Gift of All

The Gift of the Magi From 100 Selected Stories: written by O. Henry This tender tale has all the elements of a classic: it seems new every time you read it. The Gift of Magi is a tender love story that highlights love as the true spirit...

The Tale of a Circus Bear

Bholu and Golu Written by Pankaj Bisht Illustrations by Tapas Guha Published by National Book Trust, New Delhi This is the story of a small circus bear called Bholu. Golu, the mahout's son, becomes his friend and resolves to free him from the cruel life of a performing...

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Who’s the Brainiest animal of Them All?

The next time someone calls you an ape or a bird brain, ask her to think again. Brain scans of animals have revealed similar...

Is Tomato a Vegetable or a Fruit?

We think the tomato is a vegetable, but it is actually a fruit. Because it is not sweet and is used for providing flavour...

What is Ham Radio?

Consider this, your state has been hit by a cyclone with wind speeds measuring 300 kilometres per hour. All modern means of communication -...

Why are Zebras Striped?

As a child I was always full of questions. I remember asking my parents why zebras were striped or why did giraffes have such...

Sadako’s Cranes

The atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima ten years ago. I lived a mile away from the city so nothing much happened to me,...