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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.