Topic Books about India for Children in KS1 & KS2

Elephant Dance: A Journey to India by Theresa Heine 

Ravi and Anjali are fascinated by their grandfather's stories of India. Ravi particularly loves to hear about Divali, where parading elephants take pride of place in their grandfather's memories, and he dreams of having an elephant dance to the tune he plays on his flute. 

T is for Taj Mahal

by Varsha Bajaj 

From the quiet grandeur of the Himalaya Mountains to the urban city of Calcutta, T is for Taj Mahal showcases India's exotic treasures.Visit the haunting Taj Mahal, Traverse the bustling streets of Mumbai, or attend a cricket match where some games have lasted up to five days!


Grandma and the Great Gourd by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

One day, Grandma receives a letter from her daughter, asking her to visit. And so, she begins a perilous journey to the far side of the jungle, where her daughter lives. Can she use her keen wit to escape the jungle animals and make it home safely?


Pattan's Pumpkin: An Indian Flood Story by Chitra Soundar

Pattan has an amazing pumpkin... it grows BIGGER than the goats, BIGGER than the elephants, until it is as TALL as the mountains. But can Pattan's pumpkin save his family and all the animals when the storm-clouds burst and the waters rise?

The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk

by Kabir Sehgal

This picture book brings an international twist to the beloved nursery rhyme, The Wheels on the Bus, by bringing you aboard a busy three-wheeled taxi in India! Anything can happen as the tuk tuk rolls through town—from an elephant encounter to a tasty treat to a grand fireworks display.


The Tiger and the Wise Man

by Andrew Fusek Peters

When a tiger plays a trick on a wise man, how will he escape being eaten, especially when all the animals are against him? This traditional Indian tale, retold with a twist, provides an opportunity for talking about man's impact on the natural world.


Rapunzel (Once Upon a World) by Chloe Perkins

The classic tale of Rapunzel gets a fresh twist. With India as the backdrop, Rapunzel is still the same girl who lets down her beautiful hair - but she’s totally reimagined. Once Upon a World offers a multicultural take on the fairy tales we all know and love.


Festival of Colours

by Surishtha Sehgal

Spring is here, and it's almost time for Holi, the Indian Festival of Colours. Siblings Mintoo and Chintoo are busy gathering flowers to make into powders to toss during the festival. And when at last the day comes, they gather for a vibrant celebration of fresh starts, friendship & forgiveness.

Living in Asia: India

by Jen Green

Welcome to India! In this book, children tell you all about what makes their country special, from its great capital city, to the landscape, people, food and things to see and do. With clear, friendly text and big photos, this is a great starting point for learning about India.


India (The Land and the People) by Susie Brooks

Amazing photographs transport you to the very heart of this busy, colourful, visually-exciting country. Crammed full of facts, stats and incredible information - and much cheaper than a plane ticket - this is the perfect introduction to India!

Chapatti Moon

by Pippa Goodhart

Mrs Kapoor and a whole host of animals and friends give chase to a cheeky chapatti in this hilarious modern take on the runaway pancake story. Follow the trail of the chapatti as it bounces and bursts through the book -- where will its adventure end?

To Market! To Market!

by Anushka Ravishankar

In India, a girl goes to her market with a pocketful of change with no idea what to buy. But among the rich and colourful wonders of the market, from jolly bangle sellers to massive spice stands, flower shops to mask makers, she finds that the real fun is not in the buying after all! 


Prita Goes to India

by Prodeepta Das

Prita has come India to visit her relatives. She is fascinated by everything, from the Taj Mahal and village shrines in Orissa to the delicious green coconuts and market stalls filled with savoury snacks. But above all, by the way of life lived by her relatives. Some of it is like her life at home - but some of it is very different. 

Seasons of Splendour

by Madhur Jaffrey

India is particularly rich in colourful folklore. These stories, told over many generations, make a rich and dazzling collection of mythological tales drawn from a great heritage of Hindu epics. The stories are arranged according to the Hindu year.

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The Tiger Child

by Joanna Troughton

This lively folk tale from Orissa, India, explains why tigers eat their food uncooked and why cats live with people. The tiger child is sent to fetch some more fire from the village, but on the way he gets distracted by his friends. By the time he gets to the village, he has forgotten what he has been sent to fetch!

Ganesha's Sweet Tooth

by Sanjay Patel

The bold, bright colours of India leap off the page in this fresh and funny picture book retelling of how Ganesha came to help write the epic poem of Hindu literature, the Mahabharata. This is a wonderfully inventive rendition of a classic tale.


Tiger on a Tree

by Anushka Ravishankar 

Follow the tale of a wild tiger cub who wanders into an Indian village, and the reactions he encounters from the stunned village inhabitants. Did he fly? Did he flee? Did he fall and hurt his knee?

Stories from India

by Anja Klauss

This richly illustrated collection of traditional stories from India is full of  tales and ancient stories of trickery, including A Single Grain of Rice, The Greatest Battle and The Biggest Banquet. The stories have been specially rewritten for young readers.


When the Mountains Roared

by Jess Butterworth

A vivid, warm and atmospheric adventure set in the mountains of India, about a girl who is determined to protect the wild leopards of the mountain from poachers. A captivating read for children aged 9+.

Rama and Sita by Malachy Doyle

The perfect book to introduce children to Rama and Sita and the story of Diwali. Rama and Sita live happily in the forest - until Sita is kidnapped by the demon king, Ravana. Can Rama and the monkey king Hanuman follow the trail she has laid for them and save Sita, or will she be lost forever?


Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth

Join 12-year-old Tash and her best friend Sam in a story of adventure, survival and hope, set in the vivid Himalayan landscape of Tibet and India. Filled with friendship, love and courage, this young girl's thrilling journey to save her parents is an ideal read for children aged 9-12.


by Supriya Kelkar

In 1942, when Mahatma Gandhi asks Indians to give one family member to the freedom movement, ten-year-old Anjali is devastated to think of her father risking his life for the freedom struggle. But it turns out he isn't the one joining. Anjali's mother is. For ages 9+

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