08 February, 2022

Tata Trusts’ Parag Initiative Announces Parag Honours List 2022

The annual list features the best books for children and young adults published in the past one year across Hindi and English in an effort to promote good quality children’s literature in India

India, February 8, 2022: Parag Initiative of Tata Trusts today announced the 3rd edition of the Parag Honour List for the year 2022. This robust list features a wide range of original writings across categories like picture books, chapter books, and young adult books. With a focus on curating a comprehensive collection of remarkable literature in English and in Hindi, the list aims to promote access to good quality children’s literature that librarians, teachers, parents and children can refer to and read.

The Parag Initiative of Tata Trusts believes in the transformative power of reading for pleasure and works to ensure that children across India can appreciate and enjoy reading in diverse regional languages. The work of Parag spans over sourcing, publishing, disseminating and promoting good quality children's literature in India. Over the years, Parag has catalysed the children's literature ecosystem towards encouraging joyful reading. This year, Parag received books from 23 Indian publishers, published between October, 2020 to September, 2021 with over 200 entries, 38 of which were in English and 9 books Hindi across genres we selected.

Amrita Patwardhan, Head of Education at Tata Trusts, shared her views on the initiative, she said, “With the number of books being published for children on the rise, it is important to help readers including librarians and parents with recommendations of good books. The Parag Honour List is a first of its kind effort in India, of an annual independently curated list of noteworthy books published in Hindi and English across genre and age-groups. An Independent jury with a deep understanding of children’s literature reviews a number of entries and curates PHL.”

As part of the criteria for creating the Parag Honour List, all leading publishers of children’s books are requested to submit their select titles for review. In turn the books are reviewed by a panel of eminent educationists and bibliophiles, with the very best finding their way to the Parag Honour List.

The jury for the english language category comprised of Anita Balasubramanian, co-founder of The Learning Network, Jeeva Raghunath, Author and Storyteller; and Manjiri Nimbkar, Author, Illustrator and Medical Doctor

Speaking on the book list Manjiri said, “This effort by Parag to curate the best books through a rigorous exploration is a truly laudable undertaking. The books in this list handle diverse topics and are beautifully crafted. Some are funny and entertaining while others handle delicate issues very sensitively while still others introduce the reader to the life's work of contemporary heroes."

Esteemed members of the jury in the Hindi language category were Arun Kamal, Poet and Essayist, Gurbachan Singh, Executive Editor of Azim Premji University’s -Paathshaala Bhitar Aur Bahar and Prachi Kalra, Associate Professor, Gargi College, Delhi University.

Prachi Kalra added,The Parag Honour List is about the pleasure of binge reading! Just drown yourself in the best books.


Lightning Prabhat Jugnoo Prakashan
Betiyaan bhi chahein Azaadi Kamla Bhasin Pratham Books
Machhali Nadi Kholke Baithi Sushil Shukla Eklavya
Ye Sara Ujala Suraj Ka Sushil Shukla Eklavya
Basti mein Baadh Maya Yadavan, Neha Patel, Tinam Nishad, Pooja Singh Shaheed School
Bees Kachodi Poodhi Tees Shriprasad Jugnoo Prakashan
Kerala ke Kele Prayag Shukla Jugnoo Prakashan
Ek Kahani Vinod Kumar Shukla Jugnoo Prakashan
Gyarah Rupaya ka Fountain Pen Amit Datta Jugnoo Prakashan


Animal Alphabet Manjula Padmanabhan Tulika Publishers
Asamo, is that You? Canato Jimo and Ogin Nayam Pratham Books
How I Feel Varsha Seshan Pratham Books
Ikru's First Day of School Sunaina Coehlo Pratham Books
Jamlo Walks Samina Mishra Puffin Books, Penguin Random House India
Our World Hamari Duniya Sandhya Rao Jugnoo Prakashan
Sometimes Mama, Sometimes Papa Nandini Nayar Puffin Books, Penguin Random House India
The Grand Chapati Contest Asha Nehemiah Duckbill, Penguin Random House India
This is Where We Live Manjari Chakravarti Pratham Books
Tiger, Tiger, Where Are You? Mujahid Khan Pratham Books
When Adil Speaks, Words Dance Lavanya Karthik Puffin Books, Penguin Random House India
Who's Next? Mini Shrinivasan Eklavya
Home Author Fausto Aarya De Santis Pratham Books
Coming Home Priti David Karadi Tales in partnership with PARI
Kashmir! Kashmir! Deepa Agarwal Scholastic India
My Name is Gulab Sagar Kolwankar Tulika Publishers
No Nonsense Nandhini Aparna Karthikeyan Karadi Tales in partnership with PARI
Noon Chai and a Story Adithi Rao Tulika Publishers
That Night Bijal Vachharajani Pratham Books
Have You Met the Parsis? Anastasia Damani Puffin Books, Penguin Random House India
Hop On: My Adventures on Boats, Trains and Planes Ruskin Bond Talking Cub, Speaking Tiger Books
Nature Society Series - Maharashtra, Odisha, Lakshadweep and Rajasthan Yemuna Sunny Eklavya
The Boy Who Played with Light - Satyajit Ray Lavanya Karthik Duckbill, Penguin Random House India
The Grass Seeker Uddalak Gupta Pratham Books
The Secret World of Mehlli Gobhai: The Man Who Found Art Everywhere Jerry Pinto Pratham Books
Bena's Summer Shibal Bhartiya HarperCollins Publishers India
Strong as Fire, Fierce as Flame Supriya Kelkar Scholastic India
The Blue Horse and Other Amazing Animals from Indian History Nandini Sengupta Hachette India
The Teenage Diary of Abbakka - The Warrior Queen of South India Kavitha Mandana Talking Cub, Speaking Tiger Books
10 Indian Heroes Who Help People Live with Dignity Somak Ghosal Duckbill, Penguin Random House India
A Germ of an Idea Charudatta Navare Eklavya
Gods, Giants and the Geography of India Nalini Ramachandran Hachette India
How to be a Writer Ruskin Bond HarperCollins Publishers India
Postbox Kashmir: Two Lives in Letters Divya Arya Duckbill, Penguin Random House India
Queen of Fire Devika Rangachari Duckbill, Penguin Random House India

Parag Honour List is a curated collection of outstanding books in English and in Hindi, for children and young adults, by the Parag Initiative of Tata Trusts. This list, published annually, comprises noteworthy books of the year with brief information about each title. It has been created with careful screening and multiple reviews by experts in the children’s literature sector. The list aims to promote access to a comprehensive curated list of good quality children’s literature that librarians, teachers, parents and children can refer to and read. Parag Honour List was first launched in January 2020 at the New Delhi World Book Fair.

Since inception in 1892, Tata Trusts, India’s oldest philanthropic organisation, has played a pioneering role in bringing about an enduring difference in the lives of the communities it serves. Guided by the principles and the vision of proactive philanthropy of the Founder, Jamsetji Tata, the Trusts’ purpose is to catalyse development in the areas of health, nutrition, education, water, sanitation and hygiene, livelihood, digital transformation, migration and urban habitat, social justice and inclusion, environment and energy, skill development, sports, and arts and culture. The Trusts’ programmes, achieved through direct implementation, partnerships and grant making, are marked by innovations relevant to the country.

For media queries, please contact:

Tata Trusts

Nayantara Dutta


+91 98190 52768


Current Global

Ajinkya Patil


+91 91725 23554