The Hindu Young World-Goodbooks Awards for Indian children's books were introduced at The Hindu Lit for Life in 2016. The purpose of these awards is to promote excellence in children's writing and illustrations in India, to acknowledge innovative publishing trends, and to recognise children's literature in India as an independent and important field.

The Hindu Young World-Goodbooks Awards are the first ever Indian awards to be given for excellence in children's books and the first ones to recognise different genres within the children's publishing space.

The first awards were given at The Hindu Lit for Life on 15 January, 2016. In the first year, the awards were given in the following four categories:

  • Best Picture Book - Story
  • Best Picture Book - Illustrations
  • Best Book - Fiction
  • Best Book - Non-Fiction

The Goodbooks website is a repository for Indian children’s books and provides a space to all those engaged with children to enter the fascinating discourse on children’s literature. It is where educators, parents, librarians and research scholars get an overview of children’s literature in India, and an update on the books being published across the country.

The shortlist for this year is:

Best Picture Book - Story

Chatura Rao for Gone Grandmother

Tulika Publishers

Lavanya Karthik for The Lion’s Feast

Karadi Tales

Saras for Unhappy Moon

Tulika Publishers


Best Picture Book - Illustrations

Chetan Sharma for The Lion’s Feast

Karadi Tales

Rajiv Eipe for Dive!

Pratham Books

Nancy Raj for Maharani the Cow

Tulika Publishers


Best Book - Fiction

Nandhika Nambi for Unbroken


Venita Coelho for Monkey See Monkey Do

Hachette India

Mini Shrinivasan for The Boy with Two Grandfathers

Tulika Publishers

Anjana Basu for Eighteen Tides and a Tiger



Best Book - Non-Fiction

Roopa Pai for So You Want to Know About Economics

Red Turtle

Devika Cariapa for India Through Archaeology: Excavating History


Vivek Menon for The Secret Lives of Indian Mammals

Hachette India