South Asian Kidlit

Diwali (Celebrate the World)

Diwali is coming up on November 7th this year. We tell our kids Diwali is big like Christmas is here in America. I personally haven’t celebrated Diwali in India but I hear it’s quite amazing. This lovely board book is a wonderful introduction for those new to the holiday and those who already celebrate it…. Read more »

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South Asian Kidlit – Part 3

Dear Faithful readers, thanks so much for stopping by for another South Asian Kidlit round-up! Last one for 2018. You can use the rest of this year to catch up on your reading since there are a whole bunch of new books coming out in 2019! If you would like to check-out past round-ups click… Read more »

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South Asian Kidlit 2018 – Part 2: Novels

Last week I posted Part 2: Picture Books. Today, I’m posting novels from Chapter Books to Young Adult. Lots of great reads! The books listed below are traditionally published and are either by a South Asian author, contains a South Asian Main Character, or involves South Asian culture. The books are organized by Category and… Read more »

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Room In Your Heart

Title: Room In Your Heart Author: Kunzang Choden Illustrator: Pema Tshering Publisher:  Kitaabworld, March 27, 2018 Book Type: Fiction Ages: 4-7 Theme: Kindness, Generosity Opening Lines: To the east of Thimphu and west of Trongsa, somewhere among the mountains high, lived an old woman in a little house. A gray cat, a yellow dog and a brown speckled… Read more »

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Festival of Colors

The Indian holiday of Holi is coming up next week, March 1 & 2, 2018 so it seemed appropriate to review this wonderful new picture book which introduces the holiday that will appeal to both newcomers to the holiday and those already familiar. Title: Festival of Colors Author: Kabir Sehgal & Surishtha Sehgal (check out the interview… Read more »

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South Asian Kidlit 2018 – Part 1

I am so excited to bring you this year’s crop of South Asian Kidlit books. There are so many books coming out this year that I will be breaking it down into three posts over the course of this year. And for the first time ever we have over 10+ picture books coming out in… Read more »

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South Asian Kidlit Books in 2017 – Part 2

South Asian Kidlit books coming out in 2017. Picture books through Young Adult.

Welcome back! Summer is flying by and we’ve got a lot of wonderful South Asian Kidlit books coming out in the next few months. It is wonderful to the see the breadth of South Asian books that are coming out from real-world stories, to contemporary, and fantasy. Last week, I was interviewed by Kristi at… Read more »

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South Asian Kidlit 2017 – Part 1

Hope everyone is keeping warm this winter. Here in California, we’re just trying to stay dry in one of the wettest winters ever. Not that I’m complaining. It’s better than the string of drought years. I am still working away on my picture books and have started working on a YA historical novel. Speaking of… Read more »

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Dear Mrs. Naidu

Title: Dear Mrs. Naidu Author: Mathangi Subramanian Publisher: Zubaan Books, 2015 Pages: 286 Genre: Contemporary, Multicultural Themes: Activism, Friendship, Economic Diversity Ages: 10 and up Synopsis (Zubaan Books website): Twelve-year-old Sarojini’s best friend, Amir, might not be her best friend anymore. Ever since Amir moved out of the slum and started going to a posh private school, it seems… Read more »

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