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Reading is an essential skill for children, and it’s important to encourage kids to develop a love for books. Indian publishers have produced some of the best children’s books, featuring captivating stories and beautiful illustrations. In this blog post, we’ve compiled a list of the top 18 best reading books for kids by Indian publishers, written by some of the top Indian authors.
The Magic Drum and Other Favourite Stories by Sudha Murty:
Sudha Murty’s collection of stories includes ten popular tales from India, perfect for children to learn about the country’s culture and traditions.
The Secret of the Rainbow Phoenix by Aditi De:
This adventure story features a young girl named Maya, who goes on a journey to find the Rainbow Phoenix and save her kingdom. The book is filled with magic and mythical creatures, making it an exciting read for kids.
The Night Monster by Sushree Mishra:
The Night Monster is a suspenseful tale about a young boy who sets out to capture the monster that’s been causing chaos in his village. The book is a great way to introduce kids to the genre of mystery and suspense.
Grandpa Fish and the Radio by Venkataramana Gowda:
This heartwarming story is about a grandfather and his grandson who bond over fishing and listening to the radio. The book celebrates the importance of family and the joy of spending time together.
The Adventures of Toto the Auto by Ruta Vyas:
Toto the Auto is a fun and adventurous character that kids will love. The book follows Toto as he goes on various journeys throughout the city, making friends and having exciting experiences.
The Clever Tailor by Srividhya Venkat:
The Clever Tailor is a folktale from India about a young man who outwits a group of bandits. The story is entertaining and has a great message about using your intelligence to solve problems.
The Jungle Radio by Devangana Dash:
This book is about a young girl named Meena who lives in a jungle and loves to listen to the radio. When the radio breaks, she sets out to fix it, encountering a host of animal friends along the way.
The Boy Who Swallowed a Nail and Other Stories by Lalita Iyer:
This collection of short stories is about the everyday adventures of kids. The book is funny, relatable, and a great way to get kids interested in reading.
Amma, Take Me to the Golden Temple by Mathur Bhakti:
This book is a heartwarming story about a young boy’s journey with his mother to the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India. The book is beautifully illustrated and is a great way to teach kids about the Sikh religion.
Chuskit Goes to School by Sujatha Padmanabhan:
Chuskit is a young girl who uses a wheelchair, but that doesn’t stop her from pursuing her dream of going to school. The book celebrates diversity and inclusivity and is a great way to teach kids about empathy and perseverance.
The Gita for Children by Roopa Pai:
This retelling of the Bhagavad Gita is written specifically for children. The book simplifies the complex philosophy of the Gita and presents it in a way that kids can understand and relate to.
The Magic of the Lost Temple by Sudha Murty:
This book is about a young girl named Nooni who visits her grandparents in a remote village. While exploring the village, she discovers a lost temple and embarks on a quest to find its hidden treasure. The book is a great way to teach kids about Indian history and archaeology.
Grandparents’ Bag of Stories by Sudha Murty:
This collection of stories is about the adventures of a group of children and their grandparents. The book celebrates the importance of family and the wisdom that can be gained from older generations.
Moin and the Monster by Anushka Ravishankar:
Moin is a young boy who is afraid of the dark, but that all changes when he encounters a monster in his closet. The book is a fun and entertaining read and is a great way to teach kids about overcoming fears.
The Blue Jackal by Shobha Viswanath:
The Blue Jackal is a classic Indian folktale about a jackal who is turned blue and uses his new appearance to trick the other animals in the forest. The story has a great message about the consequences of deceit and is a great way to teach kids about honesty.
Let’s Go Time Travelling by Subhadra Sen Gupta:
This book takes kids on a journey through Indian history, from the Indus Valley civilization to modern-day India. The book is filled with interesting facts and is a great way to teach kids about the country’s rich history.
Tiger Boy by Mitali Perkins:
This book is about a young boy named Neel who lives on an island in the Sundarbans, home to the endangered Royal Bengal Tiger. When a tiger cub goes missing, Neel sets out to find it, embarking on a dangerous adventure. The book is a great way to teach kids about conservation and the importance of protecting wildlife.
Horrid High by Payal Kapadia:
This book is about a school for the wicked, where students are taught how to be villains. When a new student named Ferg Gottin arrives, he must navigate the school’s dangerous and eccentric teachers. The book is a fun read that will appeal to kids who enjoy stories with a dark twist.