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Kids at the bazaar in India
Traveling to India with kids is an extraordinary experience. Our children, our family, were treated like national treasures. And what a fascinating country – from the dazzling raja's palaces to a local bazaar, a swirling kaleidoscope of colors and people, smells and tastes. For kids, India is unique and well-worth the adventure.
    Agra – Taj Mahal

Mumbai (Bombay)

Tip: Riding the trains in India is like nothing else. Here’s what my kids said, "Indian trains give you a lot more room but the furniture has more holes and it isn’t shiny. There were bunks and it was fun to lie on them and pretend you were asleep. We had a whole compartment to ourselves." Click here for Indian Railways or pick up a copy of "Trains at a Glance," the comprehensive train schedule, at any newsstand.
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A trip to India is a dazzling and fascinating adventure that will stay with your kids forever. Whether it's a jeep safari to look for tigers or elephants, staying in a raja's palace, visiting Hindu temples, a houseboat cruise in Kerala, or seeing the incomparable Taj Mahal, these tour companies will arrange an unforgettable trip for your family:

    Quivertree Family Expeditions
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Tales of India kids  
Tales from India
Jamila Gavin, Amanda Hall

"Before the world began, there was only a white sea of milk. Floating on the sea of milk was a single lotus flower." Fabulous Hindu cosmic stories, Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, gods of light and darkness, beloved Ganesh, demon kings, divine princesses, and great floods. (Illustrated chapter book)


The Story of Divaali
Jatinder Verma, Nilesh Mistry

The Festival of Lights, Divaali (Diwali), remembers Rama's victory over Ravana. In this retelling of the Ramayana, Rama, an incarnation of the god Vishnu, and his wife Sita are exiled to the forest. When Sita is kidnapped by the demon Ravana, Rama calls upon the monkey king, Hanuman, to rescue Sita. (Chapter book, illustrations)

For books about how the festival is celebrated with fireworks, offerings, special oil lamps and foods: Amma, Tell Me About Diwali!, Diwali and Celebrate Diwali


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The Conch Bearer adventure kids india  
The Conch Bearer
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Anana, a tea shop attendant, is entrusted with a magic conch. Accompanied by a sweeper girl, Nishi, they journey from Kolkata (Calcutta) to a hidden valley high in the Himalayas, hunted by the evil Surabhanu. A story of magic and myth is intertwined with illuminating descriptions of present-day India. (Chapter book)

The adventure continues in The Mirror of Fire and Dreaming.


A Crazy Day with Cobras (Magic Tree House)
Tigers at Twilight
Mary Pope Osborne

Two magic tree house adventures, set in India. Jack and Annie are whirled back in time to Moguls, where they meet Shah Jahan and search for an emerald shaped like a rose. In the second adventure, the kids swing in the trees with the monkeys, ride on the back of an elephant, and help an injured tiger in the jungle. (Easy reader)


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india kids books Taj Mahal  
Taj Mahal
Elizabeth Mann

Wonderful overview of the Taj Mahal – life in Mogul India, love story of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, how the Taj Mahal was built, details of exquisite inlay work and calligraphic designs in the tomb. Two page spread of the complex and rich historical illustrations. (Chapter book)


Who Was Gandhi?
Dana Meachen Rau

Illustrated biography of Mohandas Gandhi, the great nationalist and spiritual leader of India, who championed independence from the British, aided the poor, and unified the nation. (Illustrated chapter book)

Also, find out what Gandhi was doing at age thirteen: Gandhi: Young Nation Builder


who was gandhi?
Going to School in India  
Going to School in India
Lisa Heydlauff, Nitin Upadhye

Dazzling photos and kids' real-life experiences about going to school in India – on a mountaintop, under a mango tree, in a tent in the desert, plus different ways to get to school (besides rickshaw or bullock cart) and what kids eat for lunch. An extraordinary glimpse of kids in all parts of India today. (Picture book)


Tiger Boy
Mitali Perkins

In a Bengal tiger reserve on the Sunderban islands, a tiger cub has escaped, and a wealthy poacher seeks to capture it. Young Neel and his sister are determined to find the cub first – they know the island better than anyone. Where would a tiger cub hide? (Chapter book)


tiger boy
Captain Coconut and the Case of the Missing Bananas  
Captain Coconut & The Case of the Missing Bananas
Anushka Ravishankar, Priya Sundram

Wacky, funny adventures of detective Captain Coconut. After an urgent phone call, he hops on his scooter, and goes to the home of Mrs. Y. Yesterday she bought bananas, and four are missing – it's a slippery trail to follow. An original story by Indian poet Anushka Ravishankar, marvelous collages! (Graphic novel)


India ABCs
Marcie Aboff, Frances Moore

Colorful collages and fun facts about the people and places of India today, from art, sports (cricket), holidays (Diwali), Himalayas and the Indus Valley, dance (Odissi), clothes (saris), yoga, to zebu (humped cattle). (Picture book)


India ABC's

The Ramayana story appears everywhere you look in India in dance, sculpture and painting. It's an epic filled with divine avatars, adventures of Rama and Sita, the magical monkey Hanuman, plus hordes of demons. This contemporary retelling, fabulously illustrated, is timeless. (Illustrated chapter book)


(More children's books on other India pages)
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