All about India
I is for India by Prodeepta Das
In this photographic alphabet book, is a celebration of India in all its colorful diversity, focusing not only on the rhythms of the bustling cities, but also on the village life in this vibrant subcontinent.
Indian Heritage by Tamra Orr
Indian Heritage in the Celebrating Diversity in My Classroom series explores the geography, languages, religions, food, and culture of India in a fun age-appropriate way.
Ahimsa by Supriya Kelkar
Gandhi asks for one member of each family to join the fight for independence from the British, and when ten-year-old Anjali’s mother is jailed for doing so, Anjali must step out of her comfort zone to take over her mother’s work.
The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
Shy twelve-year-old Nisha, forced to flee her home with her Hindu family during the 1947 partition of India, tries to find her voice and make sense of the world falling apart around her by writing to her deceased Muslim mother in the pages of her diary.
Fantasy and Adventure
Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
Twelve-year-old Aru stretches the truth to fit in at her private school, but when she is dared to prove an ancient lamp is cursed, she inadvertently frees an ancient demon.
The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani Dasgupta
Up until her twelfth birthday, Kiranmala considered herself an ordinary sixth-grader in Parsippany, New Jersey, but then her parents disappear and a drooling rakkhosh demon shows up in her kitchen, and soon she is swept into another dimension, full of magic, winged horses, talking birds (very annoying), and cute princes–and somehow Kiranmala needs to sort it all out, find her parents, and basically save the world.
Art and Artists
Following My Paint Brush by Dulari Devi
Dulari Devi, who works in the traditional Mithila style of Indian painting, describes her life of poverty until a job working as a domestic for an artist led her to discover her own artistic talent.
Outside In by Jennifer Bradbury and The Secret Kingdom: Nek Chand, A Changing India, and a Hidden World of Art by Barb Rosenstock both tell the story of a self-taught artist and his secret art project, the Rock Garden of Chandigarh.
The Patua Pinocchio adapted from Carol Della Chiesa’s translation of the book by Carlo Collodi with illustrations by Swarna Chitrakar
A Bengali artist interprets the story of Pinocchio with art in the style of traditional Patua scroll paintings, making Pinocchio a sort of trickster figure.
Picture Books and Comics
Three picture books by Sourav Dutta tell traditional stories of Ganesha with comics and rhymes.
Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani
Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it like there? And most importantly, who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? But Pri’s mom avoids these questions and the topic of India is permanently closed. For Pri, her mother’s homeland can only exist in her imagination. That is, until she find a mysterious pashmina tucked away in a forgotten suitcase. When she wraps herself in it, she is transported to a place more vivid and colorful than any guidebook or Bollywood film.
History and Biography
A Children’s History of India by Subhadra Sen Gupta
Take a look at India’s history from ancient times into modern independence.
Gandhi for Kids: His Life and Ideas, with 21 Activities by Ellen Mahoney
Plenty of illustrations and hands-on activities help bring history alive.
I am Gandhi by Brad Meltzer
The popular “Ordinary People Change the World” series continues with a comic for young readers about Gandhi’s life and methods of nonviolence.
Be sure to check out our display in Children’s Services for more books for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!