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 Nest

Common Birds Written by Salim Ali and Laeeq Futehally Published by National Book Trust, New Delhi Think of birds and you think of Dr. Salim Ali, India's most famous ornithologist. He is the scientist who succeeded in communicating his passion for studying bird life in India to...

Of Rat Snakes and Boys who are Different

Kali and the Rat Snake Written by Zai Whitaker Illustrations by Srividya Natarajan Published by Tulika, Chennai An excerpt from the book: Kali's father was one of the most famous snake-catchers among the Irula tribe. He had caught over a hundred cobras just this monsoon and bought many good...

Boyhood by the Sea

Suresh and the Sea Written by Raghavendra Rao and Sandhya Rao Photos by Raghavendra Rao Published by Tulika, Chennai This book traces the real-life story of a boy through his growing years in his native fishing village, Injambakkam. The author, Raghavendra Rao, tells of how Suresh taught him...

Christmas Favourites

A Christmas Carol Written by Charles Dickens The Forgotten Helper Written by Lorrie Moore An evergreen classic, 'A Christmas Carol' is a must read for all children. Ghost stories are abundant in all cultures and in all literature, but perhaps Dicken's book is the best known. 'A Christmas Carol'...

Harry Potter Series: Uniquely Real

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Written by J.K. Rowling Published by Scholastic Books (US) and Bloomsbury Publishing (UK) Eleven-year-old Sujit Thomas, a Sixth Standard student at New Delhi's...

Judy All the Way

Are you there God? It's me Margaret Freckle Juice Tiger Eyes Written by Judy Blume Extremely popular among the pre-teens and teenagers, Judy Blume is one of the most popular writers for children. The reason for her popularity is easily because the themes of her novels usually deal with...

Glimpses from Gandhi’s Life

Stories From Bapu's Life Written by Uma Shankar Joshi Illustrations by Mickey Patel Published by National Book Trust, New Delhi Gandhiji’s intellectual influence on Indians has been considerable. Some were attracted by his emphasis on political and economic decentralisation, others by his insistence on individual freedom, moral integrity,...

The Family Album

Cheerful Spirits Written by Gita Iyengar Illustrations by Pulak Biswas Published by National Book Trust, New Delhi Summer vacations seemed never-ending when Priya first moved into her new home. Till she met Hari, the boy living next door. Suddenly excitement fills the air as they go about exploring...

Wonder in the Sand

Adventures in the Desert Written by Cheryl Rao Illustrations by Ashish Sengupta Published by National Book Trust, New Delhi Two children from Mumbai spend a year in a small army township in the middle of the Rajasthan desert. Missing the urban sights and sounds, it takes them a...

A Royal Diet of Mangoes

  Jungle and Backyard Written by M. Krishnan Published by National Book Trust, New Delhi A thirsty, sweaty summer is here. You can see dogs with their tongues hanging out in the heat. Some of us would have done the same, but our tongues are busy tasting the...

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Double it up!

Raju and Savitri lived in Tanjore in the state of Tamil Nadu. Raju worked in the rice fields of a local landlord or zamindar...

Venice is Sinking

Most people all over the world travel by the road. In a city in Italy however, waterways make up the primary commuting routes. The...

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...

Which is the Oldest Church in India?

In 52 A.D. Thomas Didaemus, one of the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ is believed to have landed at Musiris (Cranganore) in Kerala. He...

What Makes the Egg Shell so Strong?

Have you ever wondered why hens don't break their eggs when they sit on them? The secret lies in the shape of the egg....