HarperCollins is launching its first seasonal list this October. The ten books on the festival list go across age groups and genres.
From a zebra in a messy room, to a delightful Dussehra story with a ten-headed boy, and a Diwali one with a dog called Lucky, there are some great reads lined up for young readers. And in keeping with the festive spirit, there is a charming board book that introduces young readers to some of India’s most popular Gods and Goddesses.
For middle readers, there is a wonderful bundling together of stories of festivals through the year, told through the blog and journal of two young twins. Also lined up is a tour of India to discover famous monuments and sites, with the second book in the Inside India series. Join the time-travelling siblings, Arjun and Anindita, as they travel into the many exciting lands of Chamatkar Nagri, where they encounter evil jadugars, solve ancient mysteries, rescue mythical creatures and find lost treasures and all because they stumbled upon an enchanted laddoo! Don’t say we didn’t warn you it’s festival time! And you can also play the accompanying adventure board game to experience more of the magic. And finally, David Walliams’ hilarious Gangsta Granny is here in translation! If young Ben had known that his grandma had plotted to steal the Crown Jewels all her life – that she was a Dabang Dadi – he wouldn’t have thought she was the most boring grandma ever.
Rounding off the list is a journal of memories for you to store your memories of both the ordinary and extraordinary moments and events of your life. And you can start by recording your memories of the festival season!