22 Children's Books About India to Celebrate Independence Day

posted by Toka Box Editorial Team , August 08, 2018

You'd be amazed at the variety of books available on India and the Indian Independence, for children. We have listed them all. From picture books to chapter books, activity books to books on Indian History and more.

Picture Books








          1. Dances of India


            Published by Our Little Loka, introduces little kids to Indian Dances. Bharathanatyam, Dandiya, Chaau and Bhangra - dances representing the four corners of India. Much recommended giving your child a peek into the world of Indian Dances, which is not apart from our everyday lives in India.

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          1. Excuse Me, Is This India?


            A riot of colors, simple patchwork technique illustrations, absolutely fantastic way of narration and a wonderful book to introduce kids to India. That's pretty much how one can describe this book by Anushka Ravishanker

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          1. A Stranger Comes Calling


            This book is penned by Bharati Jagannathan, a historian and a teacher. She believes in teaching Indian history to kids in a way that goes beyond the narrow circle of academics. Her goal is to write about ordinary people in different periods in history. This book stays true to her word.


          1. A Meeting in the Street


            This book talks about the monk who left China to learn more about Buddhism. He traveled a great deal within India, visiting major Buddhist sites and pilgrim places. The book subtly teaches kids about respecting everyone, helping others and being polite to them. This book is aimed at children who are proficient in reading by themselves.






Chapter books








          1. A Children's History of India


            This book is written by Subhadra Sen Gupta & illustrated by Priyankar Gupta published by Rupa Publications is consolidated book on the history of India right from the times it was called Jambudvipa till today. The book is divided into four sections - Ancient India, Medieval India, British India, Independent India. While most history books deal with important events, what sets this one apart is the chapters on how the common people lived.

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          1. The Incredible History of India's Geography


            Written by Sanjeev Sanyal with Sowmya Rajendran, published by Puffin, is one of those magical books which manages to convert historical facts and figures into an interesting read with almost a story like feel to it.

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          1. The Unknown Indians


            There clearly is a gap between the history that we learn from the school texts and the history that is, although it is equally the truth but is lesser known. And it is this gap, that The Unknown Indians written by Subhadra Sen Gupta fills beautifully. Written by Subhadra Sen Gupta, the book begins with an Introduction about the evolution of India, which gives a background to the way we perceive civilization. It explains in amazing detail how we, as a country, have always been tolerant and all-encompassing.

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Activity & Art books








          1. My First Indian Coloring Book


            For kids who are imbued by the love for their newly found "God friends", here is a great way to celebrate them. Just decorate them in dazzling hues. Forty pages of divinity await. This book lets you color anything from diyas to Durga, shrines to Siva, Aum, flower patterns, peacocks, animals, musical instruments and many more!!

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          1. A Puzzling Tour Of India


            How about a book that teaches about India via puzzles? Sounds fun and interesting, right? This book illustrated by Ambika Sambasivan and published by Yali books, takes young readers through the diverse subcontinent of India via mazes, hidden objects, and visual conundrums. It is a wonderful book with about fifty activities.

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          1. Eye Spy Indian Art


            After Raza's Bindu, authors Ritu Khoda and Vanita Pai are back with Eye Spy Indian Art, an absolutely gorgeous and well-crafted book that takes us on a journey of the evolution of Indian Modern Art and its various movements. An Interactive journey through Indian Art movements!

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          1. A Village is a Busy Place


            This is a stunning new activity book from Tara Books. The illustrations are in the Bengal style of Patua scroll painting and depicts life in a village of the Santhal people, one of India's largest indigenous communities

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India through its Cities: Books on India that Reflect Our Culture








          1. Namaste Mumbai


            Namaste Mumbai takes readers on a colorful tour of all things Mumbai! As a former mumbaikar, I love reading picture books on Mumbai. And it is doubly fun when I can read it with my daughter and she identifies places and things in the book because of a trip we made to Mumbai.

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          1. The Road to Mumbai


            A young girl named Shoba, with the help of her monkey Fuzzy Patel, takes a magical journey to Mumbai in order to attend a monkey wedding, meeting an eclectic assortment of well-wishers along the way.if your kids are anything like mine, they will want you to read The Road to Mumbai again and again!

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          1. Tales of Historic Delhi


            Many Indian books for children have listed the various monuments of Delhi, but few have succeeded in making them into a book that makes learning about this great city - fun! The illustrations make the book come alive. A great way to educate children through this medley of the real, the fantastical and the historical!
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          1. Let's Visit Mumbai


            This book by Bollywood Groove is a story about Maya & Neel who visit Mumbai from Chicago and are really excited about the adventure that they are going to have while exploring the city. Its a great pick for children 5 and above. Any kid that has visited the city can relate to the book really well. Talk about representative books- it works like a charm.

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Books on Historical Figures & Events








          1. My Gandhi Story


            Everyone has their own story of Gandhi -- and in this book, a Warli artist, a storyteller, and an animation filmmaker come together in a unique collaboration to bring a very visual story of Gandhi to children.

            We chose this book for the August Toka Explorer Box. Peek into the book here.

            Subscribe to the Toka History Series from Toka Box and get this book as part of the Gandhi Box shipping now!

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          1. The Story of Dandi March


            A battle over salt? Yes, fought the Gandhi way! What guns and soldiers could not do, he did simply, quietly and non-violently, just by picking up a lump of salt. Follow Gandhiji's famous march to Dandi to see the brilliant strategy that made the British give in and the world take notice. Peek into the book here.

            Choose this book as an option when you subscribe to the Toka History series now through September as part of the Gandhi box!

            Both Gandhi Books are also available for purchase as a Gandhi Bundle on the Toka Shop!


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          1. We Call Her Ba


            This book takes us through Kasturba Gandhi's journey from her childhood (of which very little is known), how she got married to Gandhiji, how she was slightly older to him and her journey and stay in South Africa. I would love to have this book introduced as a part of a school curriculum, a way of introduction to the Indian history to children, and just as a lovely read about a strong wise and remarkable lady whom we all admire.

             


          1. The Boy Who Asked Why?


            This book follows the life of Babasaheb Ambedkar and how he lent voice to fight against caste discrimination. From GoodReads - "This straightforward telling, visualized with quirky imagination, brings to children a man whose story will raise their awareness of discrimination -- leading them, perhaps, to ask their own whys.

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          1. Mukand and Riaz


            Mukund and Riaz by Nina Sabnani, published by Tulika Books is a story of a deep friendship between two boys, Mukand and Riaz set against the backdrop of the partition of India. The story strikes a chord and is deeply touching and all the more because it is based on the real-life story of the author's father. A perfect book to perhaps begin conversations about hard topics with your children, if and when they begin asking these questions.

            This book is part of our Toka History Box on Partition which will be shipping October through December!

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          1. One Day in August


            One Day in August written by Bharati Jagannathan and illustrated by Prashant Soni, published by Pratham Books is a wonderful story about two children - Shagufta and Kishen and their friendship in the backdrop of Indian Independence in 1947 and the accompanying partition with it. This is one of the best books we have ever read. It gave us goosebumps!


          1. India's Hockey Magician: Dhyan Singh Chand


            The book is written by Dilip D'Souza, illustrated by Mohit Suneja and published by Pratham books. It tells us the story of the hockey magician. The book explains Dhyan Chand's perseverance and hard work and how he practiced late into the nights and on the rail tracks. It goes on to tell us how he proved Adolf Hitler wrong.

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