21 Children's Books About India to Celebrate Independence Day

posted by Toka Box Editorial Team , August 14, 2019

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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2. Excuse Me, Is This India?

A riot of colors, simple patchwork technique illustrations, an 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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3. The History Mystery Series 

Natasha Sharma is one of our favorite authors. The History Mystery series are semi-fictitious stories woven around famous people from Indian history -- Ashoka, Akbar, Razia Sultan, and more. The incidents narrated are fictitious but are based on actual events from history. We loved Razia and the Pesky Presents, a book about Razia Sultan who is very irritated because she keeps getting these pesky presents that keep reminding her she is a woman and not a male to run the empire. She sets out to discover who is giving her these gifts. 

In Raja Raja and the Swapped Sacks, Raja Raja is the king of the Chola dynasty. He is worried because the Chinese from the Song dynasty have complained against to him against the Ayyavoles who are the group of traders who control the trade of the Chola dynasty. Someone has been swapping the sacks of goods which the Chola empire has been trading with the Chinese. The king then realises that only one person in this kingdom can solve this mystery. 

There are five books in this series and each one is so engrossing, you cannot up it down! 

Combining history with mystery is a superb idea and Natasha Sharma's humor keeps the narrative going at an exhilarating pace. You will be on your toes, trying to read till the very end and make interesting discoveries. The book has actual facts and information on each historical figure, right at the very end.  We highly recommend this one! It's our favorite.

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4. The Indus Valley

The book narrates how in the 1920s, archeologists started to excavate great cities buried beneath huge, ruined mounds in South Asia. They revealed an ancient civilization that flourished from 2600 to 1900 B.C.E. The skilled architects, artists, and builders of this mysterious culture left behind a wealth of artifacts. Each year's archeological finds provide more clues to solve the riddles of the Indus Valley civilization. 

Apart from giving your child information on the Indus Valley Civilization in short and engaging bites that they will like and enjoy, the book may also light the spark and produce budding archeologists! Unearthing cities under the ground is many a child's dream.

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5. Excavating History

Superhero action carved on rocks. A headless statue. Royal inscriptions on pillars and copper plates. Glass fragments from a lost city. These may sound like clips from a fantasy thriller, but are in fact objects unearthed at archaeological sites across the country — and the stories they throw up are just as exciting! This book won the 2018 The Hindu Young World-Goodbooks Award for Best Book: Non-Fiction

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6. UNESCO India Heritage Series

There are 37 World Heritage Sites in India. The set of 5 books in this series tell stories of Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh’s Sanchi Stupa, the Qutb Minar in Delhi and the Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary. The books are authored by renowned historians and conservationists and beautifully illustrated by accomplished artists.
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Mahabalipuram: The Ganga Comes to Tamil Nadu           
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Sanchi: Where Tigers Fly and Lions Have Horns              
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Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus: Travelling Through Time

Chapter books







7. 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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8. 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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9. 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







10. 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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11. A Puzzling Tour of India

Take a bewildering trip through India that will have you winding your way through Assam’s tea estates, putting together a snake boat in Kerala, and hunting for antiques at Mumbai’s Chor Bazaar. Just don't get lost along the way! An activity book for ages 6+, filled with 50 mazes, hidden objects, and visual conundrums.

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12. 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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13. 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







14. 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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15. Tales of Historic Delhi

In this stunningly illustrated picture book, the animals of Janwar Dosti — Tunnu the tiger, Zero the giraffe, Lucky the rabbit and all their jungle friends — embark on a beautiful and historical journey through Delhi. They discover its monuments, its places of historical importance, and also find fun things to do. Tales of Historic Delhi is the ultimate family guidebook and companion to explore the city and make its history come alive.  Come and take a walk back through time with the animals and birds to discover 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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16. 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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17. 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



18. Mukund 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.  

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19. The Story of the Dandi March

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

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Toka Box | Amazon India

20. 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. This book is part of our best-selling Toka History Series.

The book narrates Gandhi's story but from a unique perspective and the story is something that every young reader can relate to, instead of just being impersonal facts in a book. We also love the diversity behind the making of this book, when different kinds of artists come together to tell a story.

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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21. Bhimrao Ambedkar: 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. It's a great way to learn about one of the authors of our constitution and a man who fought many battles in his life.

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Amazon US | Amazon India

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