Best Books To Introduce Your Kids To India

Best Books To Introduce Your Kids To India

An entire library of books on India will fall short of showcasing every colour, art, music, literature and culture co-exist in this country. Yet, here is a list of books on India for kids, I dare to put together. There is a bright and beautiful India, An Alphabet Ride to Aani And The Tree Huggers, a true tale of strong Indian women who hugged trees and refused to let them be destroyed. Also, here is our popular post on Hindi Books For kids and Books that teach empathy, for you to add to your collection.

Books That Introduce Your Kids To India!

1) Title: One, Two, Tree

                                                  Title: One, Two, Tree

Author: Anushka Ravishankar & Sirish Rao
Illustrator: Durga Bai
Publisher: Tara Books 

In India, every state has a different form of art & textile. There is Madhubani art, Kangra art and the beautiful Gond tribal art from Madhya Pradesh which mostly represents nature and animals. The children's book One, Two, Tree is a beautiful piece of Gond art through which kids can learn to count. It is also a great book to introduce early learners to an art form from India.

Interesting Fact: Gond art and the aboriginal art from Australia are a reflection of each other. They both are made by joining dots together to tell a story.

2) Title: India, An Alphabet Ride 

                        India an alphabet ride

Author: Shallu Jindal
Illustrator: Priya Kuriyan
Publisher: Etch, an imprint of Natraj Publishers

Review: This is a must-have in your kid’s home library. An Indiapedia that introduces kids to awesome facts about India and its culture. And trust me it's very handy for moms too. It is a fun book, with lovely illustrations. The Alphabet ride takes you from A for National Anthem to Z for the invention of Zero. On the way, you get a taste of Indian cuisines, Dances, Jungles and more. So enjoy this precious find and get closer to your Indian values and traditions.

3) Title: The Little Book of Hindu Deities

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Author: Sanjay Patel
Illustrator: Sanjay Patel
Publisher: Penguin 

While the children across the world grow up on a steady staple of Spiderman and Superman, in India we have a list of powerful deities with supernatural powers to save the world, like Ganesha, Shiva and of course our man Hanuman! We grow up on fun facts and moral stories about these gods and their childhood. And the author Sanjay Patel has beautifully and in a kid-friendly way covered a lot of these gods and goddesses for kids. They make for great bedtime stories I promise.

4) Title: Festival of Colours

                         Festival of colors

Author: Kabir Sehgal & Surishtha Sehgal
Illustrator: Vashti Harrison
Publisher: Simon and Schuster

A book about Holi our festival of colours is bound to be bright and fun. The festival marks the onset of spring. Traditionally the festival is played with water and natural colours made with flowers. And this book teaches one about nuances about Holi celebrations through different flowers used to make different colours. In fact here is how you can make your own organic-colours at home.

Interesting Fact: Do you know around the same time India celebrates Holi, Thailand celebrates Songkran in a very similar way. Yes, the world is more alike than we know.

5) Title: The Diwali Gift

                         Book The Diwali Gift

Author: Shweta Chopra & Shuchi Mehta
Illustrated: Anna Koan
Publisher: Bookswagon

Kids love mysteries. The Diwali gift is an engaging book. Three monkey friends receive a gift and number of clues they need to solve to unwrap the surprise. Each clue makes them reminiscence different enjoyable parts of the festival of lights. I personally recalled how as kids we would exchange gifts, burn crackers (oops I said it) and dance till wee hours. 

Interesting Fact: On Diwali, we worship Goddess Lakshmi and his adopted son Ganesha. Click here to know more.

6) Title: Priya Dreams of Marigolds and Masala

                                               Priya dreams of Marigolds & Masala

Author: Meenal Patel
Illustrator: Meena Patel 
Publisher: Beavers Pond 

This one is a personal favourite. I can totally understand the mindset with which Author Meenal would have penned this book. I love to travel the world and taste different cultures. In the end, though, I need to come back to the hustle-bustle of the overcrowded Indian markets, the fragrance of masalas, the riots of colourful clothes and sarees. And of course one cuppa of chai (masala chai preferably) and a sea of marigold flowers (here I disagree and would rather watch the wild fragrant rose bushes or amaltas trees bloom in rows after rows). In this book, she showcases not just the earthiness of India but even the precious ties with our grandparents.

7) Title: Wheels on the Tuk Tuk

Author: Kabir Sehgal & Surishtha Sehgal
Illustrator: Jess Golden
Publisher: Simon and Schuster 

If your kid loves to sing 'The Wheels on the Bus go Round & Round', then he is sure to love the Indian version of the same. Tuk Tuk (actually more popular a word used for 2-wheel and 3-wheel rickshaws in Thailand) or rickshaws make for a popular transport medium in India. 'Wheels on the Tuk Tuk' is a book that takes kids on a laid-back Indian road-journey. They get to ride along with a cow, eat Indian snacks and even pay in rupees (the Indian currency).

8) Title: Aani and the Tree Huggers

                                                  Aan and the tree hugge

Author: Jeannine Atkins
Illustrator: Venantius J. Pinto
Publisher: Lee & Low Books 

Introduce your kids to the brave Indian women through Aani and the Tree Huggers. Inspired by a real-life event called "Chipko Andolan", this book is inspiring and an ode to the intelligence and courage of a group of women. As India went through urbanisation rampant deforestation took place across the country. A vast part of India though was inhabited by tribals or Adivasis who worship nature as god. When they failed to convince the authorities against the destruction of forests, they took a world-changing action. The women hugged or stuck (Chipko) to the trunks of trees, marked for chopping. This made it impossible for the authorities to harm the trees without harming the women. Yes, in India a handful of women saw Global warming coming before the rest of the world. Their struggle and victory have been retold through the rich miniature painting style.

9) Title: The Secret Kingdom: Nek Chand, a Changing India and a Hidden World of Art

                                                  The secret kingdom

Author: Barb Rosenstock
Illustrator: Claire A. Nivola
Publisher: Candlewick Press 

Have you been to the Rock Garden, in Chandigarh, India? That is where the mesmerising secret world that Nek Chand built with broken crockery, glass, pebble and metal can be witnessed. As a child, Nek was uprooted from his birthplace due to heartbreaking India and Pakistan partition. He could not relate to the new land, it did not speak to him and did not seem his own. So he decided to make his own secret kingdom. The powerful stories and art he created, found thousands of admirers and eventually the authorities also honoured his creativity.

                                                     Best Childrens book on India

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