The BEST Indian Children’s Books of 2019

Not sure what to choose next for story-time? Here are our picks for 2019’s Best Indian Children’s Books

Here’s our selection of the BEST Indian Children’s Books of 2019!

Indeed, 2019 was an interesting year for Children’s Books from India. More than ever, we had meaningful Indian children’s books that dealt with difficult, delicate, and nuanced themes. Children’s publishers in India are crafting some wonderful creations with fresh eyes, focusing on inclusion and diversity. These engaging tales feature top-notch illustrations that portray stories in their own unique styles and tones.

While the Best of Indian Children’s Writing (BICW) awards identify many books categorized by reading levels and theme, the list for a reader to choose from is still too long! Here’s a handier list we made of the best of the best of 2019’s Indian children’s books.

(Best of) The Best Indian Children’s Picture Books

Machher Jhol
Machher Jhol

When his father falls sick, determined Gopu single-handedly embarks on a journey to his Dida’s home. He knows exactly what his father needs- a bowl of comforting machher jhol. A With every step, Gopu gets closer to the marinated fish. Will he succeed in bringing it home?

Awards
Best of Indian Children’s Writing (BICW)
Neev Book Awards, 2019
Crossword Book Awards, 2019

Angry Akku
Angry Akku

Akku is having an awful day and it’s making her very, VERY angry. Can her anger be channeled in a constructive way? Find out how Akku’s anger melts away, and learn what to do when YOU are very, VERY angry.

Awards
Best of Indian Children’s Writing (BICW)
The Hindu Young World – Goodbooks Awards

A Book for Puchku
A Book for Puchku

Puchku loves reading. But it looks like she has run out of books to read!
Wait… she just discovered more books on the top shelf of the library bookcase! But Puchku is quite short, and the bookcase very tall. Will she ever get to her beloved books?

Awards
Best of Indian Children’s Writing (BICW)
Publishing Next Awards

The Clever Tailor
The Clever Tailor

Rupa Ram is a famous but poor tailor with an unfulfilled dream– he wants to stitch something for his own family. So, when Rupa Ram receives a gift of a brand new saafa, he is inspired to do just that!

Awards
SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, 2019

For Emerging Readers

 When Jiya Met Urmila
When Jiya Met Urmila

When Jiya meets Urmila, she sees a loud girl with a fierce expression and too-bright clothes. Urmila sees a snooty girl with a dull dress and no spunk. Can they ever be friends?

Awards
Neev Book Awards, 2019

Salim Mamoo and Me
Salim Mamoo and Me

Zai’s uncle is the famous ‘Birdman of India’- Salim Ali. Everyone in Zai’s family is a bird expert, but Zai can’t spot a pitpit even it sat right under her nose! It’s little wonder she is in a big-time flap over her not-so-small problem!

Awards
Publishing Next Awards  

We hope you enjoyed our list!

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