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Books for children and young adults about:
Arts and crafts books
Books with animal themes set (for the most part) in India
Buddhism and the Jataka Tales
Cricket: Rules, stories, learning the skills, coaching, famous players
Family life (Indian and Indian-American Families)
Graphic Novels from or about India
Indian history
Indira Gandhi
The Indus Valley Civilization
Mahatma Gandhi
Working children
Yoga for kids and teens

Children’s books catalogs from some Indian publishers
(Publishing books for children in English)
Teach yourself/your child:  Language and Music



Indian History

A New History of India by Stanley Wolpert; Oxford University Press; 2003.

History of the Freedom Movement in India by R.C. Majumdar; South Asia Books; 1988.

India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy
by Ramachandra Guha; Macmillan; 2007. (Adult)

A Military History of India and South Asia: From the East India Company to the Nuclear Era by Daniel Marston and Chandar Sundaram; Praeger Publishers; 2006.

The Puffin History of India (Paperback) by Roshen Dalal (Author), Puffin; 2003.

The Puffin History of India for Children 3000BC to AD 1947 by Roshen Dalal; Puffin; 2002.

Books (mostly for older children) set around the time of Independence

Dancing Round the Maypole: Growing Out of British India by Rani Sircar; Rupa Publications.  Ages 14+
Difficult Daughters by Manju Kapur; Faber and Faber; 1999.  Ages 14+
An Epic Unwritten by Muhammad Umar Memon; Penguin Books; 1998.  Ages 14+
The Wheel of Surya by Jamila Gavin; Egmont Children’s Books; 2001.  Ages 14+
Wicked Women of the Raj by Coralie Younger; SOS Free Stock; 2005.  Ages 14+
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Buddhism and the Jataka Tales

Rahula Leads the Way - A e-story book

Jataka Story Archives Buddhist tales for young and old

More Jataka Tales by Ellen C Babbit

Coloring books about the story of Buddha and loads of downloads

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Indira Gandhi

Indira: The Life of Indira Nehru Gandhi by Katherine Frank; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (January 7, 2002) (Adult)
Indira Gandhi A Personal and Political Biography (Hardcover) by Inder Malhotra (Author); 1991. (Adult)
A Family Affair: India Under Three Prime Ministers (Hardcover) by Ved Mehta; Oxford University Press, USA; 1982. (Adult)
Indira Gandhi: An Intimate Biography (Hardcover) by Pupul Jayakar; Pantheon;1993. (Adult)
India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy by Ramachandra Guha; Macmillan; 2007. (Adult)
Two Alone, Two Together: Letters Between Indira Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru 1940-1964 (Hardcover) by Sonia Gandhi (Editor); Hodder & Stoughton; 1992. (Young Adult/Adult)
Indira Gandhi: Daughter of India (Lerner Biographies) (Hardcover) by Carol Dommermuth-Costa; Lerner Publications; 2001.  Ages 9-12.
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The Indus Valley Civilization

Ancient Communication: From Grunts to Graffiti by Michael Woods and Mary B. Woods; Runestone Press, May 2000. (Grades 6-9)
Ancient Computing: From Counting to Calendars by Michael Woods and Mary B. Woods;  Runestone Press, June 2000.  (Grades 6-9)
Ancient Construction: From Tents to Towers by Michael Woods and Mary B. Woods; Runestone Press, May 2000.  (Grades 6-9)
Engineering the City by Matthys Levy and Richard Panchyk; Chicago Review Press, September 2000.  (Ages 9-12)
India: Exploring Ancient Civilizations by Marilyn Barr; Teaching & Learning Company, October 2003.  (Ages 9-12)
Mysteries Of The Past: Archeological Sites In India by Upinder Singh; National Book Trust of India. (Ages 8-12)
The Ancient Indus Valley: New Perspectives (Understanding Ancient Civilizations Series) by Jane McIntosh (Author), John Weeks (Editor); ABC-CLIO 2007.
The Indus Valley (History Opens Windows) by Jane Shuter; Heinemann Library, September 2006.
The Indus River (Rivers in World History) (Hardcover) by Shane Mountjoy (Author), Tim McNeese (Editor); Chelsea House Publications, March 2005.  (Ages 9-12)
The Indus Valley (Understanding People in the Past) by Naida Kirkpatrick; Heinemann Library, April 2002.  (Ages 9-12)  
Trading Up: Indus Valley Trade by Brian Williams; Raintree Fusion, 2007. Ages 9-12
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Mahatma Gandhi

Gandhi for Kids: His Life and Ideas, with 21 Activities by Ellen Mahoney; For Kids series, Chicago Review Press (August 1, 2016) 

 Gandhi (DK Biography) (Paperback) by Amy Pastan (Author) 2006; DK CHILDREN (July 31, 2006). Ages 9-12 – we would recommend it to adults as well.
Gandhi: The Father of Modern India by Pratima Mitchell and Mrinal Mitra; Oxford University Press (October 30, 1997). Grades 3-5
Mahatma Gandhi (20th-Century History Makers) by Simon Adams (Author); Raintree (January 2003). Ages 4-8
A coloring book: The Story of Dandi March by Sandhya Rap (Author) and Ranjan De (Illustrator); Read and Colour Freedom Stories Series, Tulika Publishers (2002).

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Working Children

Trash!: On Ragpicker Children and Recycling (Paperback) by Gita Wolf (Author), Anushka Ravishankar (Author), Orijit Sen (Illustrator) Tara Books; 2nd edition (September 1, 2004) Ages 9-12
Stolen Dreams: Portraits of Working Children (Single Titles) (Hardcover)by David L. Parker (Author), Lee Engfer (Author), Robert Conrow (Author), Leeanne Engfer (Author); Lerner Publications (October 1997); Young Adult
A Life Like Mine (Paperback)by DK Publishing (Author); DK CHILDREN (December 19, 2005); Ages 4-8
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Yoga for Kids and Teens

The American Yoga Association's Yoga For Sports: The Secret to Limitless Performance (Paperback) by Alice Christensen, McGraw-Hill, 2000.
Breathe: Yoga for Teens (Paperback) by Mary Kaye Chryssicas, DK CHILDREN, 2007.
Complete Idiot's Guide to Yoga with Kids (Paperback) by Jodi Komitor and Eve Adamson, Alpha, 2000.  
Fly Like A Butterfly: Yoga for Children (Paperback) by Shakta Kaur Khalsa, Sterling, 1999.*
Light on Life: The Yoga Journey to Wholeness, Inner Peace, and Ultimate Freedom (Paperback) by B.K.S. Iyengar, Rodale Books, 2006.*
My Daddy Is a Pretzel: Yoga for Parents and Kids (Hardcover) by Baron Baptiste, Sophie Fatus (Illustrator), Barefoot Books, 2004. Ages 4-8
Storytime Yoga: Teaching Yoga to Children Through Story (Paperback) by Sydney Solis, The Mythic Yoga Studio, 2006. 
*Recommended by Amitabha.
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Children's Books Catalogs from some Indian Publishers
(Publishing books for children in English)

Amar Chitra Katha
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Children's Book Trust
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Harpers Collins Publishers India
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National Book Trust of India
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Navneet publications
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Penguin Books India
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Pratham Books
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Rupa & Company
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Tulika Book
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Zubaan Books
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Teach yourself, your child: Language and Music

Baby Hindustani - DVDs to teach young children Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu and Bengali.

Learn Tabla At Home and Learn Harmonium At Home;  DVDs from  Sabir Music 

Hindi Dictionary Mobile App: Academic Room Hindi Dictionary is a Hindi to English dictionary app developed in the Harvard Innovation Lab. Its database provides over 350,000 definitions. The dictionary is designed with students and scholars in mind, to help them translate words and idioms from modern Hindi, Urdu, Khariboli, Brajbhasha and Avadhi. All words can be searched using a Hindi (Devanagari) keyboard. The present database continues to grow as more words are continually added. Avaiable through itunes for iphone and ipad, for android users and for the blackberry.

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