New Books 2020

Being a big sister to a new baby brings big responsibilities. 

While she’s having some difficulty in coming to terms with having to share everything with the new baby – including Amma and Appa, her grandparents and her home – Sona Sharma wants to be the very best big sister she can be.  Buy here.

To be honest and not lie to get friends into trouble.

All Sloth Bear wants to do is play with Porcupine but it’s nap time in the jungle and all the other animals are sleeping.  This funny story set in the Indian jungle from storyteller Chitra Soundar is perfect for children who are learning to read by themselves and for Key Stage 1. It features illustrations from Hannah Marks and appealing characters young readers will find hard to resist. Buy here.

Kina, the camel is travelling through the desert with Rana, the kite seller. Can Kina teach Rana how to have good manners and be kind to others? Or will Rana continue to be mean and selfish? Find out in this playscript set in the Arabian desert.  Buy here.

 

Kathir lives with his grandmother by the sea where he harvests salt to sell at the market. But one day, Kathir’s donkey, Gobi, decides it’s too hot to carry the heavy load to the market. What can Kathir do to persuade Gobi to continue with this important task? Find out in this charming tale set in India.  Buy here.

Join six kings, queens and warriors from around the world as they battle for crowns, vanquish dark forces and claim their thrones in this colourful illustrated collection of Ladybird Tales. Buy here.

One day, Deepa, the clever rabbit met a hungry lion in the forest. He licked his lips, ready to pounce, but she had a clever plan to trick him…  Buy here.

Out in 2021

In these four interlinked stories about Nikhil and Jay and their family, there’s always fun and mischief. The Nikhil and Jay stories are perfect for children moving on from picture books to longer stories, helped by Soofiya’s lively and characterful illustrations. Buy here.

In these four interlinked stories about Nikhil and Jay and their family, there’s always fun and mischief. Grandad and Granny come to visit from India. The Nikhil and Jay stories are perfect for children moving on from picture books to longer stories, helped by Soofiya’s lively and characterful illustrations. Buy here.

Sindhu and Jeet are the best detectives in town: they solve all their cases with a dollop of observation, a dash of imagination and a whole load of legwork. And when they travel from India to England for a holiday, the detective work doesn’t stop! This page-turning story is accompanied by black-and-white illustrations by Amberin Huq. Buy here.

Prince Veera’s great-uncle, Raja Apoorva, invites the prince and his best friend, Suku, to the summer festival in Peetalpur, where they participate in some of the competitions. Four stories packed with clever and amusing tricks and puzzles which will delight children from 6 to 8 – and well beyond. Buy here.

When Sona learns about the climate crisis at school and is very worried that no one is doing enough to combat it, she takes up the challenge herself. But Appa isn’t amused when Sona throws out her baby sister’s nappies and Thatha isn’t happy when she tells him to get rid of his colour-coded plastic files. When Sona learns that many of the kolams – the traditional art that people draw in front of their homes to celebrate the winter months and the festival season – are not organic, she sets out to make some big changes by getting everyone involved. Buy here.

A funny, magical story, ideal for children practising reading at home or in school.

Manju’s stuck at home and she is BORED. Looking for entertainment, she summons the genie. When he turns up with a terrible cold, the genie can’t hear any of Manju’s wishes properly and his magic is even more strange than usual. Can Manju help him sort out the muddle? Buy here.

We all celebrate birthdays and friendships, the onset of seasons, religious events and national holidays. Our celebrations are full of colour, specially prepared food and good cheer. We All Celebrate introduces some less mentioned celebrations from around the world to children, among those that are well known and bring good memories. Buy here.