Established in 1939, Puffin is one of the largest/iconic and most diverse children’s publishers in the world. In formats ranging from picture books to middle grade fiction, non-fiction, reference on to young adult, Puffin continues to be the avid reader’s go-to destination for your favourite children’s books, be it classics or new and innovative works in the field.
We believe that every reader has a book written specifically for their interests and our list caters to the subcontinent’s diverse readership. A picture book on facing your fears? Check. A series of chapter books with the astonishing art and easy-to-digest text for early readers? Check check. A history of medicine that’ll leave your mind boggled? We have you covered.
The list of esteemed children’s writers we have published includes stalwarts like Ruskin Bond, Sudha Murthy, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, R.K. Narayan, Satyajit Ray, Devdutt Pattanaik, Namita Gokhale, Paro Anand, Ranjit Lal, Anita Nair, Anita Desai, Derek O’ Brien, Subhadra Sen Gupta, Deepa Agarwal, Roopa Pai, Payal Kapadia, among many others. The list includes a range of award-winning, eclectic titles with new and exciting additions every day. Your introduction to the imaginative and magical world of stories, storytelling and books starts with Puffin.
Established in 2012, Duckbill Books is an exciting brand in children’s publishing in India. Duckbill’s books are not only for children who are just starting to read independently, but also for young adult readers. These books have been shortlisted for all the awards available for Indian children’s books, and have won minor international ones and major national ones. The books also feature regularly on recommended reading lists for schools.
Our aim is to create books for Indian children, which help them understand the complex contemporary world. Our books, we believe, are compelling reading—with strong plots, humour and characters that the readers can identify with, and they are imbued with the values that are important for our times: the equality of all races, religions and classes, tolerance, justice and kindness. Themes like homosexuality, single-parenting, war, living with disability and class differences are rare in Indian children’s books. While publishers like Tara have created beautiful and unusual picture books, Duckbill addresses the huge gap in books for older children with creations which have fun, whimsy and experimentation in form and content.
Duckbill’s other significant contribution has been to find and nurture fresh talent. Many of our authors are first-time writers, and some of them have gone on to win major awards and be established names.