How to Raise a Feminist

How to Raise a Feminist

Blog Media Mentions

Neha Kirpal at writes on some of the recent children’s books by Indian publishing houses that have feminism at its core, whether overtly or in a subtle way. We are thrilled to see our very own The Unboy Boy making this list. Kirpal writes,

“It (The Unboy Boy) made waves for dealing with gender identity in an Indian context. In the story, Gagan’s family cannot get on board with the fact that he is not “boy” enough.”

Read the entire article here.
 Features Boo! When My Sister Died Features Boo! When My Sister Died

Blog Media Mentions Review

We have been long time admirers of writer-author-editor-environment crusader Bijal Vachharajani’s words. And so, it gives us immense pleasure to have her talk about Boo! When My Sister Died in this insightful feature at on how bereavement and grief is finally being talked about in books for children in India. She writes:

“In it, the protagonist Noorie’s sister dies and the world, as the girl knows it, changes. As Noorie yearns for Zoya’s return, Jha and Benegal unspool a story about coming to terms with the loss of a loved one. Like a child talking, the book is often straight and direct: “That night my sister Zoya was away at the hospital, I dreamt of her. The next morning Mummy said Zoya was dead. I cried.” And yet, the picture book ends on a note of hope.”

The beautiful poignantly haunting illustration of the child and her pet standing alone at the top of the hill is by Gautam Benegal from Boo! When My Sister Died.

Read the entire feature here.

Written by Richa Jha and illustrated by Gautam Benegal, Boo! When My Sister Died is our latest release.  Click here to know more about the book and here to buy a copy.

The Unboy Boy is on the LRSIA 2017 reading list!

The Unboy Boy is on the LRSIA 2017 reading list!

Awards and Recognition Blog

We are excited that The Unboy Boy (written by Richa Jha, illustrated by Gautam Benegal) has been selected alongside some other truly awesome books for this year’s Leading Reading Schools of India Awards (LRSIA) 2017!

 Here is the entire list for this year.

Organised by the inimitable author, educator and story teller par excellence Shamim Padamsee and her Young India Books team, this is the fourth edition of the awards. These annual awards applaud and recognise the five leading schools of India for their exemplary work in instilling a love for reading in their students. On the historic occasion of our 70th year of Independence, this year’s programme lays emphasis on INDIA MERI HAI with the objective of creating sensitive readers and aware citizens who care for our land, its people, environment and heritage.

Don’t miss this lovely, upbeat video “India Meri Hai” conceptualised by Ms Padamsee and produced by her team; its peppy zing will have you humming it all day long! It will be shown at the participating schools and other venues. India’s leading wildlife photographers have contributed to making this an inspirational video. The images in the film can be used for further discussion to sensitise students to our environment.

Scroll to the end of this post to watch the video!

To know more and/or to participate in the Leading Reading Schools of India Awards (LRSIA) 2017, 

visit the website or click here

We wish all the participating schools countless hours of fun reading, exploring and reflecting on the books their students engage with.

‘Thatha at School’ and ‘Vee Loved Garlic’ off to a fine start!

‘Thatha at School’ and ‘Vee Loved Garlic’ off to a fine start!


Vee and Thatha

We couldn’t be more delighted! Our brand new titles Thatha at School and Vee Loved Garlic have got great reviews in the last fortnight.

Thatha at School gets a thumbs up from kidlit critic and commentator Bijal Vachharajani over at her column in The Hindu. She includes this book as one of the great summer reads this vacation season. Thank you, Bijal!

Once Upon a Summer’s Day

The fabulous book blog Books and Strips has many many many wonderful things to say about Vee Loved Garlic!  Books and Strips, thank you!

A Little Vampire Who loved Garlic

We are chuffed!

Da dum design and drama!

Da dum design and drama!


So this is how the Pickle Yolk pages get designed. With Abhishek Jha at his Atonal Indian design-cum-music studio, giving final touches to our forthcoming pickle yolk ‘Love Like That’ (the sumptuous illustrations are by Gautam Benegal). Not seen in the pic: yummy aloo parathas, loads of cigarette smoke, the funky (and some clunky) music instruments, the massive ego-bruising arguments (it finally comes down to which of us is the more creative sibling :p ) and the fabulous Usha Prasad who is busy clicking us. It’s fun until one of us ends up calling Mom up to settle the usual I’ve-always-been-better-at-this crisis, and the verdict is announced over failing mobile signal. 🙂 IMG_4758 IMG_4771