I am not an avid reader myself, and given my busy schedule I hardly find time to read. But I see my little kid having quite a taste for books. Can’t really argue if it’s the content, the graphics and colours or all of them.
As far I can recollect apart from the school libraries stuffed with western authors like Enid Blyton, Mark Twain, Agatha Christie, Rudyard Kipling etc there were book library buses that used to visit schools annually to sell Indian books. I am not sure if they are still there, but they had quite a collection of books for the children back then.
Here are a few hand picked Indian publishers for children that you would like to add to your child’s reading list:
Amar Chitra Katha – Amar Chitra Katha is a household name that we all have grown up to. Spreading knowledge and creating awareness about Indian mythology since 1967, Amar Chitra katha enlightens you through different genres, including epics and mythology, fables and humor and visionaries etc. It also has a subsidiary print called the Tinkle which I am sure we are all aware of.
Katha – Katha is a literary heritage set up in 1988 by Geeta Dharmarajan. It has been sparking curiosity and compassion among children with visuals and imaginative narrations. With focus on different shades of social causes and moral values like girls equity, kindness etc, this publication is diligently working towards child welfare.
Eklavya – Eklavya is another publishing house cum NGO providing innovative and resourceful educational literature, children’s literature, magazines, textbooks and other learning aids. It was founded in 1982 to improvise mainstream education.
Duckbill – Founded in 2012, this 6 year old publishing house is jointly run by Sayoni Basu and Anushka Ravishankar. Having a mixed range of books catering to the taste of children and young adults with major focus on fiction, Duckbill aims at bringing the contemporary and fun to children’s publishing.
Red Turtle – From the house of Rupa publications, Red Turtle is a children’s imprint providing wide range of books from history, mythology to adventure. Till day it continues to educate and entertain children.
Pratham Books – An NGO catering to the reading needs of children and driving with a vision of ‘A book in every child’s hand’, Pratham produces illustrated books covering genre of early readers, fiction, non-fiction, science, history, mathematics and nature.