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 DelhiThink 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, ChennaiAn 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, ChennaiThis 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 DickensThe Forgotten Helper Written by Lorrie MooreAn 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 BlumeExtremely 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 DelhiGandhiji’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 DelhiSummer 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 DelhiTwo 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 DelhiA 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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