Your children will love these books about Lord Krishna!

posted by Divya , August 09, 2020

Janmashtami is here and we give you 10 beautiful children's books on Lord Krishna, the mischievous and charming butter-stealer who captures all our hearts.

1. Mythology Ganesha and Krishna's Conquests


Birth of Krishna & Krishna's conquests by Karadi Tales, is a set of audiobooks highly recommended for kids ages 6 - 9!

Birth of Krishna: A divine prophecy says that the eighth son born to Devaki will bring about the death of the evil king Kamsa. He will also redeem the kingdom of Mathura. But Kamsa has imprisoned Devaki and sworn to kill every child born to her. Will the prophecy come true?

Krishna's Conquests: Where there is Krishna, there is mirth, music and mischief and plenty of adventure too! Krishna shows that he is no ordinary child through his encounters with Kaliya the deadly serpent, Indra the rain-god and, eventually, the evil king Kamsa!

It features narration by Girish Karnad as Karadi the Bear! From the birth of Krishna to Krishna's conquests, you will find it all here!

Buy it now!

Toka Shop | Amazon India

2. Friends by Umachi Books

Published by Umachi, Friends was gifted to us when we were in India. It is a lovely book about friendship! The Story of Krishna and Sudama is written in a way that my 6-year-old could understand perfectly. Umachi books have a great way of building vocabulary by using words with their meaning given without making it all contrived. A good choice to begin introducing mythology to kids aged 5+.

We recommend that you read this book and then make some sweet aval upma with your kids. It's an easy recipe that kids can do too. Here's the recipe! 

Buy it now!

Amazon US | Amazon India

3. The Story of Krishna

The Story of Krishna written by Malay Dayal and illustrated by Jagdish Joshi published by Rupa Publications is a wonderful book to introduce your children to mythology.

The book gives a background on the birth of Krishna, and the various ways Kamsa, his maternal uncle, tries to kill him. In fact, there were three or four stories that even I wasn't aware of. The book includes Krishna's teenage years. It also details his interactions with the Pandavas and Kauravas. Finally, the book describes the curse of Gandhari and how Krishna dies in the end. Don't miss it!

Buy it now!

Amazon US | Amazon India

4. Amar Chitra Katha's - Krishna

Who does not remember this classic from Amar Chitra Katha, India's Favorite storyteller? This story of Krishna is a classic. The cover page is iconic and the stories are timeless. ACK has these Krishna books in English, Hindi, and Tamil too!

Buy it now!

Toka ShopAmazon India

5. Chinmaya Bala Katha Series

The Chinmaya Bala Katha Series by Chinmaya mission offers a wide variety of books and stories such as Krishna's Butter Bash, Krishna an Invisible Friend and more! Check them out here.

6. Amma, Tell Me About Krishna

The Amma, Tell me Series has books on Indian festivals like Diwali, Durga Puja and also on the Hindu gods Krishna, Hanuman & Ganesha. Colorful and stylized illustrations that go with the story is a trademark of these books!   

Buy it now!

Amazon US | Amazon India

7. Amma, Tell Me How Krishna Fought the Demons by Bhakti Mathur

The stories of how Krishna defeated Putana, Trinavarta, Vatasura and Bakasura are thrilling to listen to and share with our children. As a child, I would marvel at how little Krishna managed to defeat all the demons who were sent to kill him. 

This is the story of how one by one,
Krishna bravely fought them all –
How Putana, Trinavarta, Vatasura and
Bakasura All met their fall!

Your children will love the vibrant illustrations and the rhyming stanzas. 

Buy it now!

Amazon US | Amazon India

8. Amma, Tell Me How Krishna Defeated Kamsa by Bhakti Mathur

Part 3 of the Amma Tell Me About Krishna trilogy by Bhakti Mathur, this book begins thus:

Another story of Krishna's adventures,
Fighting Kaliya, a demon in snake form,
And lifting a mountain on just one finger,
As a shield from an angry god's thunderstorm.

And finally, the story of how evil Kansa
Tried to kill Krishna, with methods so grim.
But be they elephant or ace wrestlers,
No one succeeded in harming him!

Don't miss this glorious book!

Buy it now!

Amazon US | Amazon India


9. The Upside Down King: Unusual Tales About Rama and Krishna by Sudha Murty

In her latest book The Upside Down King, master storyteller Sudha Murty regales us with the untold and lesser-known tales of Rama and Krishna. These are tales we never knew existed, lost to time and tide! Read our full review here! 

Buy it now!

Toka Shop | Amazon India

10. The Gita for Children by Roopa Pai

Roopa Pai's spirited, one-of-a-kind retelling of the epic conversation between Pandava prince Arjuna and his mentor and friend Krishna busts these and other such myths about the Bhagavad Gita.  

Buy it now!

Toka Shop | Amazon India

Wishing you all a very Happy Janmashtami and a fun festive season ahead!

Stay in Touch!

Subscribe to Toka Box today! Subscribe Now

Curated with Care in California