Parents: 5 Books to Explore along with Your Child

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Hiccopotamus Book Recommendation


Author Geeta Dharmarajan | Illustrator Atanu Roy


One afternoon, as all the animals of the Gulmohar Jungle, were settling down for a small nap under the shady banyan tree, a most enormous thing fell into the White Lily Pond .. a hiccuping hippo called Hawasi! 

Children usually love animal stories and this one is bound to make them laugh. The name of the characters and the story is relatable. A fun book about a hippo and about how one should be more accepting towards others.

The illustrations by Atanu Roy are vibrant and will encourage children to explore the book till the end.

Our Incredible Cow Book Recommendation

Our Incredible Cow

Author Mahasweta Devi | Illustrator Ruchi Shah


This comical story of a common cow with uncommon taste is a tale to relish. A hilarious piece of writing by Mahasweta Devi, the story of Nayadosh is special because it’s about a cow who had a mind of her own. She did what she pleased, ate what she liked (including books, banians, blue neckties, onion, garlic, meat, and fish too), went where she wished to go. She was also the only cow in British-ruled India to have police cases lodged against her for butting police constables into River Ganga. A must read if you want to tickle your funny bone.

The Heart and the Bottle

The Heart and the Bottle

Author Oliver Jeffers


Once there was a girl whose life was filled with all the wonder of the world around her. Then one day something occurred that caused the girl to take her heart and put it in a safe place. The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers is a very short story with a very big message.

A great book to introduce young children to loss, grief and realisation. It gives you a way to cope with the unthinkable. A must have for parents who are finding ways to talk about death to their children.

And to Think I Saw it on Mulberry Street by Dr. Suess

And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street

Mulberry Street

Author Dr. Seuss


“And that is a story that no one can beat, When I say that I saw it on Mulberry Street.”

If you are a parent who is tired of all the tall tales your child produces each day – then this book is for you to read along with your child.

The story is about Marco, whose vibrant imagination tends to annoy his father. Marco’s father wants Marco to observe things on his journey to school and back. 

Be The Change Book Recommendation

Be The Change

Author Arun Gandhi & Bethany Hegedus | Illustrator Evan Turk


Be The Change tells a poignant, personal story of the damage of wastefulness.

It is a deep exploration of the connections between waste and violence. A wonderful introduction to Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolent living. Evan Turk complements the writing with stunning mixed-media artwork.

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Rohini Vij

Rohini is a professional storyteller, educator, listed & certified Jolly Phonics UK trainer, curriculum developer, parenting coach, founder of NutSpace. She is on a mission to raise readers and is actively engaged with curriculum development for schools and her own ed-tech platform - Nutspace Edtech.

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