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10 Indian authors books you must read to your child

Most people associate reading books to creating a good bedtime routine but it actually does so much more for a child. From helping in the language development to enhancing cognitive skills, reading books to your child has multiple benefits. According to a study conducted in Rhode Island Hospital where eight months old babies were divided into two groups. Babies in one group were often read to while the babies in the other group were not. It was observed that the group that was read to had a 40 percent increase in receptive vocabularies compared to 16 percent increase in the other group.

While most of us are aware of a lot of foreign author books, there are very few that come to mind when we try to think of children’s books written by Indian authors. So I started looking up for Indian authors who have written Children’s books and I found quite a few of them. Here I have listed 10 authors that you definitely have to know about. Some might sound familiar while some might be new to you but they are all worth being included in your child’s mini library.

1. Roopa Pai: She is the author of Taranauts,  which was India’s first fantasy adventure series for children. She started her writing career with the popular children’s magazine, Target and has also written for many publications, including Business Today, Indian Review of Books, Travel & Leisure South Asia, The Times of India, Deccan Herald, The Pioneer, and the Asian Age.

2. Arundhati Venkatesh: Looking for something funny and happy to go reading for your child, then, Arundhati Venkatesh is the author you should go for. She has delivered some of the amazing pieces like – Tiffin Thief, The adventures of Bala and the book eating monster, etc. which are inspired by her growing up years and enriching experiences and relates to both kids as well as parents.

3. Richa Jha: Apart from the normal books, what highly attracts children are the picture books. Richa Jha is one such author who has made her mark into the segment of picture books. She is the author of Best Friends are Forever, a picture book illustrated by National Award-winning animation film-maker, cartoonist and artist, Gautam Benegal. She is also the author of books like Thatha at School, Vee Loved Garlic, etc.

4. Anant Pai: Also known as Uncle pie, he is the creator of ‘Indian comics’ and founder of  Amar Chitra Katha on which generations of Indians grew up. He is the man who created characters like Suppandi, Kalia the crow, Tantri the Mantri and many more.

5. Geeta Dharmarajan: She is a writer, editor, educator and the Executive Director of Katha. Her work focuses on education, especially of children from poor families.She has published more than 30 books for children and over 450 individual pieces in magazines and newspapers in India and abroad.

6. Natasha Sharma: She writes across several genres and age groups like Princess Easy Pleasy and Rooster Raga for 5-7 year olds, History Mystery series for 8 year olds. Her book Kaka and Munni is on the CBSE recommended reading list for schools.

7. Uma Krishnaswami: She is an author of picture books and novels for children. She has majorly focused on expanding international and multicultural fiction and literature. Some of her creations are – The Broken Tusk, Uncle and Me, etc.

8. Samit Basu: He is an Indian novelist whose work includes fantasy and superhero novels, children’s books, graphic novels and short stories. He has delivered some of the best sellers in children literature segment. Few of his recommended books are Turbulence, The Unwaba Revelations, The Manticore’s secret, etc

9. Mitali Perkins: Born in India and immigrated to United States later, Mitali’s protagonists have always been children caught between cultures. Her first book, The Sunita Experiment was a story of a Bengali-American girl. She is also the author of Monsoon Summer, Bamboo People, and Tiger Boy.

10. Payal Kapadia: She is the recipient of the 2013 Crossword Book Award and has written some exceptional books like Wisha Wozzariter, Horrid High and Puffin Lives.

Parents, all you need to do now is to get to a bookstore and grab a book for your little one.

Happy Reading 🙂


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