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NEW for 3+! Lila's Loose Tooth

Lila’s classmates are starting to lose their milk teeth. Except LITTLE Lila, all have BIG stories to tell! But… when will Lila lose her loose tooth?

Here’s the sweet trooth! Our hot-off the press picture book, charmingly written by Mamta Nainy, captures our impatient heroine’s jiggly journey. Habib Ali’s pictures of Lila and her purr-tty cute cat are sure to bring toothy smiles to little ones with wiggly teeth!

NEW for 6+! Can You?

Can you taste with your toes? Or see with your ears?
Or, at least, smell with your hair? No?
Some sassy, eclectic natural wonders let you in on the answers to these existential questions! And while they’re at it, you see a most normal world at work and play. Sheela Preuitt & Praba Ram’s text keeps the science light and fun and Ashok Rajagopalan’s animated pictures get the humour spot on!

Don’t miss the launch with Praba Ram and Ashok Rajagopalan!
WHEN: Saturday, 28 September, 10.30 a.m.
WHERE: Tulika Bookstore, Alwarpet, Chennai

NEW for Middle Readers! Ha...Ha...Hasya!

The devas are raring to wage war. But the asuras turn up unarmed and jolly. Why? Find out in our new paperback – a spy novel that takes you across three mythical worlds, right into the heart of Patala politics! This rip-roaringly riotous, high-octane action thriller from the inimitable Ashok Rajagopalan – his first for middle readers with Tulika – breaks stereotypes and makes sporting moves! Get your ha...ha...hilarious copy!

People power...

…is what built India, and celebrating some of those movers and shapers is the power-packed India Through People: 25 Game Changers by Devika Cariapa. Timed perfectly with Independence Day celebrations, its Chennai release saw buzzing kids raise their game in some serious quizzing competition! Popular quiz master, Advaith Jayakumar, made sure that they had fun and much more than a passing acquaintance with these history makers.

Not so far away, Delhiites met Devika at the Full Circle bookstore, chuffed to have and hold signed copies of her second book, the first being Excavating History: India Through Archaeology that won the Sahitya Akademi’s Bal Sahitya Puraskar 2019!

In conversation with The Hindu, the author says, “Children are naturally interested in history… It’s a natural progression then to get young readers interested in stories from history in a factual but fun way. Once they are hooked, it becomes a lifelong interest.”

So go on… Up your history game with our invaluable India Focus series!

Sari Soirée

And on Sariday, the Tulika bookstore was all dolled up! The launch of Ammama’s Sari, our new wordless picture book, had author-illustrator Niveditha Subramaniam at a ‘show and tell’, sharing stories of her grandmother’s natural passion for sustainability and upcycling. Most beautiful part? Everyone (including many parents) made recycled dolls with pieces of stunning sari fabric! The full house went home with big smiles, author-signed copies and paper dolls dressed in… saris, of course!

Twinkle twinkle superstars!

Then there was a big bang when tiny tots from Galaxy Montessori Academy landed in our bookstore. The visit introduced our latest picture book Can You? through a storytelling session. The dozen children, along with a few teachers, lit up the atmosphere with wonderful questions and unstoppable enthusiasm. We were truly over the moon!

We've been nominated!

The Publishing Next Award nominations are here! We’re thrilled to announce that our pathbreaking Red and paw-sitively brilliant Soda and Bonda have made it to their Children’s Book of the Year (0-8 years) category. Wish us luck!

Boarding soon to Namma Bengaluru!

What’s happening, you ask? Our crew is getting ‘reddy’ for a chatty weekend at the Neev Literature Festival!  A bunch of our authors, illustrators and friends from around the book world will be there to celebrate words and pictures. We’re stoked that once again Red has been nominated, along with This Is Me, Mayil for the Neev Book Award 2019 in the Picture Book and Young Adult categories. Fingers crossed!

Drop by the Tulika stall, grab your wish list books, and don’t forget to get them signed!
WHEN: Friday, 20 September
WHERE: Neev Academy – Yemalur Campus
For further details, click here.

Encore, Ostroo!

What’s everyone grooving to at The Jungle Storytelling Festival? We’re ‘medley’ excited that our favourite Ostroo’s creator, Janaki Sabesh, has another foot-tapping song from her entertaining book. ‘A tale from here, a tale from there’ is the second sing along number, after the well-received ‘Happy Song’ that Janaki released a few months ago. 

Behind the brilliant books: notes from an author-illustrator

Ever wondered about what goes into making children’s books? How do authors find their voice and words? In this compelling guest blog on her experiences while working with picture books at Tulika, our well known author-illustrator Niveditha Subramaniam explains, “picture books have few words and editors will often tell you to make every word count.
But what are the ‘right’ words? For me, there are a few simple measures that are useful in evaluating this...”

Trilling over teens and tweens!

Can’t stop the jubilation! The September issue of the monthly children’s newsletter Junior Imprint, carried praise for our page-turners Can’t Stop Cody, Dangerous Froth, Shrinking Vanita and That Summer at Kalagarh. Read the reviews here, written by four children from various schools in New Delhi. 

If you’re a teen or tween, bookmark our Tulika Teens and Tweens website to indulge in our extravagant buffet!

Have you 'red' this yet?

It’s pouring praises for our revolutionary Red, powerfully written and illustrated by Sagar Kolwankar. After the Neev and the Publishing Next nominations, here’s a review on Multistory that’s crisp and impactful – just like the book!

“Minimalist illustrations allow the reader to think beyond the text and the effective use of primary colours has given the story much more depth than just talking about war-stricken countries and lives… While there are many picture books that talk about war, I couldn’t find other such books by Indian publishers, which is what makes this book unique. (Kudos to Tulika Books for tackling difficult topics head-on!)…” says Merrin...

Mati Matters

Young Mati’s story, a touching tale on development and its costs, poignantly depicts her grit, as she tries to save her land from monster machines. “I Will Save My Land is an important and well-told story about understanding the value of what we own,” reviews Goodbooks. Get your copy of author-activist Rinchin’s I Will Save My Land today!


We’re hashtag happy when our books create a buzz on the ‘gram’!

Popular illustrator and film-maker Nina Sabnani’s A for Ajrakh was spotted on @champacabooks as a first in their library’s 26 favourite books list. You’ve got to C what they said: “The book introduces young readers to the art and craft of block printing, and the skilled artisans who are keeping a centuries-old intricate craft alive!”

Always delighted to receive such sweet surprises on Instagram. “Ismat’s Eid by Fawzia Gilani Williams and illustrated by Proiti Roy is a very gentle introduction to the central tenets of Islam: humility; generosity; love and kindness… It carries the kind of positive perspective that I would like my children to adopt in their own lives,” said the delicious review by @themigratorymum.

Our pacy ‘tail’ Eecha Poocha got a purr-fect review on @hopecatapult: “WordBird Books capture and bring some of the wonderful stories from lands near and far. They capture the essence of region, local language, flavour and manage to introduce kids to a multicultural and multilingual vocabulary.”

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