15 Best Tulika Books For Kids

Top 15 Books To Teach Kids About Life, Empathy & Courage

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Books for kids like The Secret River, Balu Ko Tokri, Families are different and more teach kids about life, love and the beautiful existence of multicultural families. My twins have read these a hundred times. Yet, they keep coming back to these. Importantly,  each time they discover something new about the human behaviour. And about themselves too. So I decided to handpick some more inspiring books for them, this time all from Tulika Publishers. 

                              Each of these Tulika books is dealing with an important aspect of a child's life.

Each of these Tulika books is dealing with an important aspect of a child's life. Or is teaching them about people who made a difference, in someone else's life. The book Warrior Women is an ode to real-life courageous Indian women like Rani Lakshmi Bai. The book, I Didn't Understand, is about the cruel aspect of school-life through the eyes of a child, suffering from Down syndrome. While another book, A Home Of Our Own, is about street children pretend-playing 'House-House', with things they have collected by working, all day. Yes, all these Tulika books are rare gems. So collect them now. 

But before you head down to check the list, do give a read to our popular list of - 5 Beautiful Hindi Books For Kids. If you are searching for some more gems, pick from our latest 15 Fun & Classic Hindi Book post.  

                            Each of these Tulika books is dealing with an important aspect of a child's life.


    Top 15 Books To Teach Kids About Life, Empathy & Courage


1) Book: Sorry, Best Friend (Hindi, English)
Author: Includes writers such as Zai Whitaker, Poile Sengupta, Githa Hariharan and Shama Futehally.
Illustrator: Ranjan De
Age: 5+
A collection of short stories that teach kids about communal harmony. Through the most linear stories, the authors help kids understand the complex world of adults. Sample this - the crocodiles force other reptiles out of their habitat. Slowly they realise how their forest and they need a multicultural atmosphere to exist happily. In another story when the mob attacks a neighbourhood, a kid is confused which God, he must pray for help too. His best friends Muslim God or his own Hindu God.

Each of these Tulika books is dealing with an important aspect of a child's life.

2) Tiji And Cheenu (English-Hindi)
Author: Meenu Thomas
Illustrator: Proiti Roy
Age: 7+
Can two kids, who look absolutely different, like absolutely different things to eat or wear, think differently too, still be best friends? This book answers a lot of questions that our kids might have. Especially now that the world is a global village.

Each of these Tulika books is dealing with an important aspect of a child's life.

3) Water Stories From Around The World (English)
Author: Various Authors
Illustrator: Nirupama Sekhar
Editor: Deeya Nayar & Radhika Menon
Age: 7+
Water and the life associated with it is precious. We need to protect this exilic f life and this is precisely what the folktales in this book, teach kids. This book is a collection of stories from mythology, from countries like China, India, North America, Spain, Botswana and more. Each rich with imagination, facts and the lesson of water being the ultimate life nurturer.

4) The World Of Asian Stories (English)
Author: Cathy Spagnoli
Illustrator: Uma Krishnaswamy
Age: 7+
This book unites the enter Asia and presents it as one big ball of Stories and storytelling forms. The kids not only enrich themselves with a rich collection of tales. They also learn storytelling art forms, techniques, traditions from across 43 countries. This is one multicultural book ride, you surely want to hop on.

5) The Boy With Two Grandfathers (English)
Author: Mini Shrinivasan
Illustrator: Anupama S. Iyer
Age: 7+
Life can be thrilling when you have not one but two doting grandfathers. Of course, it can get a little awkward with one always lecturing on toilet habits and the other being on a lesson-teaching trip for youngsters. But when they wear their briefs on top of their trousers and set out to save the world, life is a chocolate cake. This beautiful book is about the kids and his relationship with his granddads. Or maybe his fan-moment because clearly, the two elderly gentlemen are “interested in everything, afraid of nothing and capable of anything”.

Each of these Tulika books is dealing with an important aspect of a child's life.

6) Warrior Women (English)
Author: Tara Anand
Illustrator: Tara Anand
Age: 9+
Bibi Dailar Kaur, Jhansi Ki Rani, Rani Chennama, Rani Durgavati and many more Indian women were warriors. These women showed the moves of women on the battlefield. And our kids need to learn about them. Some of the 12 women covered in this book were royalty and some born to the ordinary, yet each as brave and inspiring as Neerja Bhanot, in recent times.

Each of these Tulika books is dealing with an important aspect of a child's life.

7) I Didn't Understand! (English)
Author: Mini Srinivasan
Illustrator: Shubham Lakhera
Age: 7+
Do we understand the world of Manna? A little girl suffering from Down's Syndrome views school life differently. She puts forward three questions regarding things and actions she saw in a day of her school life. And she wonders if anyone else has answers because she does not. Read it. Feel it.

Each of these Tulika books is dealing with an important aspect of a child's life.

8) A Home Of Our Own (English)
Author: Meghaa Aggarwal
Illustrator: Habib Ali
Age: 7+
An ordinary game of 'house-house', played by every child, takes a different meaning in this book. When a group of friends, with no roof on their head, decide to build pretend-walls around themselves, your heart goes out to them. They make the most of the things they collected from across the town, when out for work. They use the old plates, dumped gasses and more to create their la-la land. Feel the hope!

Each of these Tulika books is dealing with an important aspect of a child's life.

9) A Kite Called Korika (English)
Author: Sharada Kolluru
Illustrator: K P Muraleedharan
Age 7+
The village is facing a severe drought, yet again. But then Yellaiah finds a kite, a wish-fulfilling Kite, according to Rajamma, the fruit seller. What will the child ask for? What would your child ask for? Let them read and decide.

Each of these Tulika books is dealing with an important aspect of a child's life.

10) Kanna Panna (English)
Author: Zai Whitaker
Illustrator: Niloufer Wadia
Age: 7+
Kanna the boy who can't see leads everyone to safety from the cave temple when the light goes off. This is a story that teaches us to understand the strength of an individual in his perceived weakness.
And if you want to read about a real-life Kanna in India, read about Tiffany Brar.

11) The Colour Thief (English)
Author: Stephen Aitken, Sylvia Sikundar
Illustrator: Sandhya Prabhat
Age: 9+
What happens when a blind girl teaches the colour-thief to see the world in a different aspect. Gift this fun book about a giant who sets to drain the beautiful colours from the world to a child. And his/her life will always be filled with joy.

 Each of these Tulika books is dealing with an important aspect of a child's life.

12) I Will Save My Land (English)
Author: Rinchin
Illustrator: Sagar Kolwankar
Age: 7+
This book is set somewhere in between the debate of farms and factories. Conservation and progression. And it is a story that the kids need to be aware of. A girl called Mati gets her own piece of land after many difficulties. Just when she thinks her hard work is about to pay off, a coal-mine threatens her dream, er land and her village. Will she fight for her right or give in?

Each of these Tulika books is dealing with an important aspect of a child's life.

13) Red (English)
Author: Sagar Kolwankar
Illustrator: Sagar Kolwankar
Age: 9+
Armed conflict rips through a child's soul and his innocent existence. And Red, depicts this so powerfully, with its presentation of the story. Yes, it is stark and bold. But the kids need to know the reality too.

Each of these Tulika books is dealing with an important aspect of a child's life.

14) Mukand And Riaz (English)
Author: Nina Sabnani
Illustrator: Nina Sabnani
Age: 7+
Set against the background of partition, this book is about friendship above borders, religion and nation. A warm tale of friendship between two kids who are only aware of love, children's games and their fondness for ice-cream.

15) Gone Grandmother (English)
Author: Chatura Rao
Illustrator: Krishna Bala Shenoi
Age: 7+
How do we talk to kids about the loss of our loved ones? Well, Gone Grandmother deals with such questions of Nina. Nina, who missed her Nani or grandma and is unable to understand why she won't come back. This book is sensitive to the emptiness that kids can feel and touches the subject in a good way.

Well, we loved each and every book on this list. Some are in Hindi, some in English and a few are bilingual too. But one thing is for sure they all speak the language of emotions. You can log onto Tulika's website to pick your favourite. We would love to hear if you liked our picks.

Each of these Tulika books is dealing with an important aspect of a child's life.

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                   Each of these Tulika books is dealing with an important aspect of a child's life.

Comments (11)

Stuti Posted on Feb 17, 2019

Wonderful books to share with kids.. Most importantly, these books are in written in indian context so kids can relate to them very easily!

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Meghaa Posted on Feb 16, 2019

Thank you so much for including my book, A Home of Our Own. It\'s my first picture book, so every mention is a great encouragement :)

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Jhilmil Posted on Feb 15, 2019

It\'s very important to teach compassion to kids and books are the best options to teach them . Great list crafted out. www.momyinme.com

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Nisha Posted on Feb 14, 2019

My son loves books and I think these are great books that I can get for him. Thanks for compiling this wonderful list. It\'s really unique.

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Shub Posted on Feb 14, 2019

What a lovely list! I think my boy will love these books. Going to check them out soonest. I myself love to read books with life lessons.

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Snigdha Prusti Posted on Feb 14, 2019

Wow such nice range of books for kids. All the books seems interesting.. Will check out for my son..

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Gunjan (tuggu.n.mommy) Posted on Feb 14, 2019

These look such interesting reads. I am taking note of all of them, will check and buy some of the age-appropriate ones for my son

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Gurjeet Chhabra Posted on Feb 14, 2019

I encourage my daughter for reading but for reading also good books needed. These book story, moral look do interesting, store list for her summer vacation collection

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Prerna Sinha Posted on Feb 14, 2019

Its important to kids to learn about life, empathy and courage. These books are looking fun and interesting for kids. Thanks for sharing meaningful books with us.

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Noor Anand Chawla Posted on Feb 13, 2019

All these books seem very interesting. I have never heard of them before but now I will surely check them out.

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Sonal Posted on Feb 13, 2019

Thanks for sharing :)

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