My House

Title of Picture Book: My House

Author: Nandini Nayar

Illustrator: Sreekanth Raj

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Tulika Publishers, India

Publisher’s Blurb: Pranav wants Maya to come to his house. “Why?” Maya wants to know.

Bright pictures form a cheery backdrop to a narrative that sees a house through a child’s eyes , and makes a good introduction to colours.

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): friends, places

5 Keywords (other than themes): colours, house, friendship, home, invitation

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A fun way to talk about colours and also where we stay.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): National Library Board, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-93-5046-557-8

Submitted by (could be your preferred name, including pen name): Moses

 

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I Can Climb!

Title of Picture Book: I Can Climb!

Author: Mini Shrinivasan

Illustrator: Deval Maniar

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Pratham Books, India

Publisher’s Blurb: Here, a little boy learns to climb up. But can he climb down? This book is one of the four books in the Growing Up series.

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): self

5 Keywords (other than themes): learning, growing up, brave, father, up and down

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A fun book to read with a young one.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): National Library Board, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-93-5022-235-5

Submitted by (could be your preferred name, including pen name): Moses

The Elephants who liked to Dance

Title of Picture Book: The Elephants Who Liked to Dance

Author: Munda Writer’s Group

Illustrator: Sugrib Kumar Juanga

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Pratham Books, India

Publisher’s Blurb: When Bapi played the dhol, everyone flet like dancing. When the elephants heard the dhol a strange and wonderful thing happened …

English translation by Amrit Misha.

Illustration used the Saura wall mural style as base.

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): places, nature

5 Keywords (other than themes): music, beats, drums, animals, problem solving

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A simple and engaging story with interesting illustrations.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): National Library Board, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-81-8479-511-0

Submitted by (could be your preferred name, including pen name): Moses

The Lonely King and Queen

Title of Picture Book: The Lonely King and Queen

Author: Deepa Balsavar

Illustrator: Deepa Balsavar

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Tulika Publishers, India

Publisher’s Blurb: A lonely king and queen hear a voice calling out for them. They look inside their home, their garden and beyond, searching in vain, while all the time it grows louder ….

Author and illustrator Deepa Balsavar says, “This is the story we made up for our little girl. As a baby it was her night-time favourite, accompanied by much acting and searching around the house. She grew up knowing that adoption is just another way in which families are created. And so it should be.”

Written like a bedtime story and illustrated with gentle humour, this book leads the reader to discover what ‘family’ really means without mystifying the fact of adoption. More, it reaffirms the right of every child to be loved and to have a home.

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): family, values

5 Keywords (other than themes): adoption, search, home, sari, loneliness

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Simple ad charming tale dealing with the interesting topic of adoption.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): National Library Board, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-81-8146-943-4

Submitted by (could be your preferred name, including pen name): Moses

Under the Neem Tree

Title of Picture Book: Under the Neem Tree

Author: P Anuradha

Illustrator: A V Ilango

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Tulika Publishers, India

Publisher’s Blurb: Everyday after school, Kla and her friends gather under the Neem tree and wait for Nainamma to tell them stories. Today Nainamma tells them about the well-known folktale about Ookamma and Okaiah, sprinkling it as usual with her homilies and conveying her world view.

Under the Neem Tree is not just a story about a story set in rural Andhra Pradesh. In it, two rolds come alive together – the real one in which children make riends, eat, play and watch adults squabble and bully, and the world of Nainamma’s story. And as the story of Ookamma and Ookaiahunfolds, so does the everyday life of the children in all its rich detail, drawing readers inot a world where issues of work and food are constant concerns. When the story ends, the children roll with laughter. And so does Nainamma.

The flowing lines of Illango’s illustrations perfectly capture the liveliness of the story and its ambience.

Translated from Telugu by N Manohar Reddy

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): friends, places, values

5 Keywords (other than themes): storyteller, hunger, death, rural life, speaking

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A seemingly wordy but very engaging tale within a tale. Cleverly woven together. Deals with some unusual themes like hunger, death and rural life.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): National Library Board, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 93-5046-060-2

Submitted by (could be your preferred name, including pen name): Moses

Golden Laughter

Title of Picture Book: Golden Laughter

Author: Karky

Illustrator: Sporg Studio

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Mellinam Education, India

Publisher’s Blurb: (No English blurb)

Translated from Tamil by Nandini Karky/Renuka Murthi

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): family, values

5 Keywords (other than themes): birthday, magic, wealth, food, bilingual

Brief Review (in under 50 words): An interesting story.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): National Library Board, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-81-909048-2-7

Submitted by (could be your preferred name, including pen name): Moses

In Bon Bibi’s Forest

Title of Picture Book: In Bon Bibi’s Forest

Author: Sandhya Rao

Illustrator: Proti Roy

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Tulika Publishers, India

Publisher’s Blurb: The quiet villages of Sundarban are terrorised by a monster with wild eyes, sharp teeth, striped skin and pointed nails – Dokkhin Rai! Until finally, Bon Bibi, protector of the forests and people asks hi a simple questions: Why do you do this?
The answer to this question is central to the age-old theme of human-animal harmony that has inspired many stories, including this one. Set in a lesser known part of Bengal, the lush and mysterious Sundarban, the textured narrative and dramatic, detailed illustrations evoke a distinct culture of the place – the natural confluence of Hindu and Muslim mythologies, and the rhythm and concerns of everyday life at the edge of the jungle.

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): places, values

5 Keywords (other than themes): environment, siblings, legends, nature, not wasting

Brief Review (in under 50 words): An interesting tale.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): National Library Board, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 81-8146-925-9

Submitted by (could be your preferred name, including pen name): Moses

The Churki-Burki Book of Rhyme

Title of Picture Book: The Churki-Burki Book of Rhymes

Author: Gita Wolf

Illustrator: Durga Bai

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Tara Books, India

Publisher’s Blurb: Meet Churki and Burki, the rhyming sisters, and spend a day with them in their village, playing and singing songs.
Adapted from the Gond artist Durga Bai’s rendering of her own childhood in her village Patangahr, this is a merry take of fun and rhyme.

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): family

5 Keywords (other than themes): village, drawings, rhymes, games, sisters

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Unusual style of drawings.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): National Library Board, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-93-80340-06-7

Submitted by (could be your preferred name, including pen name): Moses

List: Manjhi Moves a Mountain

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Title of Picture Book: Manjhi Moves a Mountain

Author: Nancy Churnin

Illustrator: Danny Popovici

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Creston Books, U.S.A.

Publisher’s Blurb: Dashrath Manjhi used a hammer and chisel, grit, determination, and twenty years to carve a path through the mountain separating his poor village from the nearby village with schools, markets, and a hospital. Manjhi Moves a Mountain shows how everyone can make a difference if your heart is big enough.

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Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): Self, Places, Value

5 Keywords (other than themes): social justice, perseverance, vision, patience, service

Brief Review (in under 50 words): “Manjhi’s story is an excellent reminder of the power of one person to change the world and bring communities together.”
— Clare Doornbus, Diesel Bookstore
“Manjhi Moves a Mountain” is a true modern treasure and wisdom life story.”
–Midwest Book Review

Where to buy or borrow (if available): amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, crestonbooks.co

ISBN Number (if available): 978-1-939547-34-7

Submitted by (could be your preferred name, including pen name): Nancy Churnin

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List: Rooster Raga

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Title of Picture Book: Rooster Raga

Author: Natasha Sharma

Illustrator: Priya Kuriyan

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Tulika Books, India

Publisher’s Blurb: Do roosters sing ragas? This one does, but like all true artists discovers it after a lot of struggle! Every time he opens his mouth he has a new tune – but not the kukaroo kuroo of the other roosters! His friends skip and stretch, stamp and roll while trying to teach him to get it right. This cheeky, foot-tapping story invites big and little readers to move and sing, clap and tap along with Priya Kuriyan’s expressive characters.

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5 Keywords (other than themes): animals, music, exercise, farm, creativity

Brief Review (in under 50 words): This is an interesting book that invites participation in moving and singing along with a host of farm animals. It also invites a chat about talents, confidence, creativity, practice and helping others. It cold also lead to an exploration of Asian music terms such as “raga”.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): NLB Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-93-5046-454-0