South Asian KidLit

Winter-Spring 2021 - updated quarterly  - compiled by Darshana Khiani

"The books listed below are traditionally published and are either by a South Asian author or illustrator, contains a South Asian main character, or involve South Asian culture.

South Asia is a large and diverse region made of the following countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the region of Tibet. This area has a diverse array of languages and religions while remaining connected through art, dance, food, histories, and traditions.

Today’s South Asian children’s literature reflects this culture not only in folktale and historical stories but also in the modern day and into fantasy worlds as well. " - Darshana Khiana

 

Bindu's Bindis Cover Image
By Supriya Kelkar, Parvati Pillai (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781454940203
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Published: Sterling Children's Books - March 16th, 2021

A companion to Kelkar's The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh, this picture book features a little girl named Bindu whose bindis connect her to family and help her find courage to compete in the school talent show.


Laxmi's Mooch Cover Image
By Shelly Anand, Nabi H. Ali (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984815651
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Published: Kokila - March 2nd, 2021

A joyful, body-positive picture book about a young Indian American girl's journey to accept her body hair and celebrate her heritage after being teased about her mustache.


Birds of a Feather Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593116449
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Published: Philomel Books - March 2nd, 2021

Differences are gorgeously illustrated in a heartwarming picture book about a colorless peacock who learns to love himself in a jungle full of color.


Fatima's Great Outdoors Cover Image
By Ambreen Tariq, Stevie Lewis (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984816955
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Published: Kokila - March 30th, 2021

An immigrant family embarks on their first camping trip in the Midwest in this lively picture book by Ambreen Tariq, outdoors activist and founder of @BrownPeopleCamping


Amira's Picture Day Cover Image
By Reem Faruqi, Fahmida Azim (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780823440191
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Published: Holiday House - April 13th, 2021

Ramadan has come to an end, and Amira can't wait to stay home from school to celebrate Eid. There's just one hiccup: it's also school picture day. How can Amira be in two places at once?


Hannah and the Ramadan Gift Cover Image
By Qasim Rashid, Aaliya Jaleel (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593114667
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - April 20th, 2021

The debut picture book by author and human rights activist Qasim Rashid that celebrates good deeds during the month of Ramadan.


Bracelets for Bina's Brothers (Storytelling Math) Cover Image
By Rajani LaRocca, Chaaya Prabhat (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781623541293
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Published: Charlesbridge - April 20th, 2021

Celebrate diversity, math, and the power of storytelling!

For the Hindu holiday of Raksha Bandhan, Bina is determined to make beaded bracelets for her brothers all by herself. She finds out which colors her brothers like and dislike and sets to work. Working with her every-other-one beading pattern causes Bina to discover something new about patterns--and her brothers.


Halal Hot Dogs Cover Image
By Susannah Aziz, Parwinder Singh (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781499811575
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Published: little bee books - May 4th, 2021

"Musa's enthusiasm for halal hot dogs is infectious, and this portrait of a family and community that takes joy and pride in their identity and traditions is refreshing . . . .


Hair Twins Cover Image
By Raakhee Mirchandani, Holly Hatam (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316495301
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 4th, 2021

A Sikh father and daughter with a special hair bond proudly celebrate and share a family tradition in this charming story perfect for fans of Hair Love and I Love My Hair!

Every morning Papa combs through his daughter's waves like he does his own—parting it down the middle, using coconut oil to get all the tangles out.

Some days he braids her hair in


We Move the World Cover Image
By Kari Lavelle, Nabi H. Ali (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062916853
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Published: HarperCollins - May 4th, 2021

An inspiring and empowering picture book about the small things kids do that have the potential to change the world!


Nina Soni, Master of the Garden Cover Image
By Kashmira Sheth, Jenn Kocsmiersky (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781682632253
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Published: Peachtree Publishing Company - April 1st, 2021

Indian-American girl Nina Soni has big plans for her garden, but they don't include bugs, slugs, and rabbits. A new series entry from Own Voices author Kashmira Sheth.

"Plants aren't the only things that grow in this book about perseverance, friendship, and personal growth." ―Kirkus Reviews


She Persisted: Virginia Apgar Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780593115770
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Published: Philomel Books - April 6th, 2021

Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book series about women who stood up, spoke up and rose up against the odds!


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The Gopi Diaries: Finding Love Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9789390351619
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Published: Harper Children's - June 29th, 2021

Just Be You: Ask Questions, Set Intentions, Be Your Special Self, and More (Just Be Series) Cover Image
By Mallika Chopra, Brenna Vaughan (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780762471225
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Published: Running Press Kids - March 2nd, 2021

Teach your kids how to understand their emotions and communicate in a healthy and productive way with this full-color guide to growth from Mallika Chopra, the daughter of Deepak Chopra.

Following in the footsteps of wellness author Mallika Chopra's successful Just Breathe and Just Feel, her third book, Just Be You, is an engaging, easy-to-read guide for you


Amina's Song (Amina's Voice) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534459885
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Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - March 9th, 2021

In the companion novel to the beloved and award-winning Amina’s Voice, Amina once again uses her voice to bridge the places, people, and communities she loves—this time across continents.

It’s the last few days of her vacation in Pakistan, and Amina has loved every minute of it.


Aru Shah and the City of Gold: A Pandava Novel Book 4 (Pandava Series #4) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781368013864
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - April 6th, 2021

Best-selling author Rick Riordan Presents the penultimate book in the Pandava series by best-selling author Roshani Chokshi.

*"Chokshi spins a fantastical narrative that seamlessly intertwines Hindu cosmology and folklore, feminism, and witty dialogue for an uproarious novel for young readers."--Kirkus (starred review of Aru Shah and the End of Time)


The Sinister Substitute (Marvel Avengers Assembly Book 2) Cover Image
By Preeti Chhibber, James Lancett (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9781338587197
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - April 6th, 2021

A group of new teachers arrives at Avengers Assembly, and not everyone is who they seem!

Kamala, Doreen, and Miles are back at Avengers Assembly for a new semester!


Rea and the Blood of the Nectar Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781645437635
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Published: Mango & Marigold Press - June 1st, 2021

Force of Fire Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338636642
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Published: Scholastic Press - June 1st, 2021

From New York Times bestselling author Sayantani DasGupta comes the story of a demon who must embrace her bad to serve the greater good.

Pinki hails from a long line of rakkhosh resisters, demons who have spent years building interspecies relationships, working together to achieve their goal of overthrowing the snakey oppressors and taking back their rights.


That Thing about Bollywood Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534466739
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 18th, 2021

Bollywood takes over in this contemporary, magical middle grade novel about an Indian American girl whose world turns upside down when she involuntarily starts bursting into glamorous song-and-dance routines during everyday life.

You know how in Bollywood when people are in love, they sing and dance from the mountaintops?


American Betiya Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984897152
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - March 9th, 2021

A luminous story of a young artist grappling with first love, family boundaries and the complications of a cross-cultural relationship. Perfect for fans of Sandhya Menon, Erika Sanchez and Jandy Nelson.


Ravage the Dark (Scavenge the Stars #2) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780759555334
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 9th, 2021

Step into an opulent world filled with risk, romance, and revenge and find out whether two unlikely heroes can save the world and stop corruption.

For seven long years, while she was imprisoned on a debtor's ship, Amaya Chandra had one plan: to survive. But now, survival is not enough.


The Theft of Sunlight (Dauntless Path #2) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062835741
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Published: HarperTeen - March 23rd, 2021

Perfect for fans of The Cruel Prince and Sorcery of Thorns, this exhilarating, page-turning fantasy will pull readers into a lush and stunning world where nothing—and no one—can be trusted.

I did not choose this fate. But I will not walk away from it.


Bruised Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781534455023
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - March 23rd, 2021

Whip It meets We Are Okay in this vibrant coming-of-age story about a teen girl navigating first love, identity, and grief as she immerses herself in the colorful, brutal, beautiful world of roller derby—from the acclaimed author of Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens.

To Daya Wijesinghe, a bruise is a mixture of comfort and control.


Misfit in Love (Saints and Misfits) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781534442757
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Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - May 25th, 2021

In this fun and fresh sequel to Saints and Misfits, Janna hopes her brother’s wedding will be the perfect start to her own summer of love, but attractive new arrivals have her more confused than ever.

Janna Yusuf is so excited for the weekend: her brother Muhammad’s getting married, and she’s reuniting with her mom, whom she’s missed the whole summer.


Zara Hossain Is Here Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338580877
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Published: Scholastic Press - April 6th, 2021

Zara's family has waited years for their visa process to be finalized so that they can officially become US citizens.


Counting Down with You Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781335209979
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Published: Inkyard Press - May 4th, 2021

"A witty, romantic, deeply insightful debut." --Emma Lord, author of Tweet Cute

In this sparkling and romantic YA debut, a reserved Bangladeshi teenager has twenty-eight days to make the biggest decision of her life after agreeing to fake date her school's resident bad boy.

How do you make one month last a lifetime?


The Marvelous Mirza Girls Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062845481
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Published: Quill Tree Books - May 18th, 2021

Gilmore Girls meets vibrant New Delhi in this thoughtful and hilarious new novel about a teen facing family expectations, relationship complications, and hidden secrets in a new country—sprinkled with Sheba Karim’s signature wit and steamy romance, and perfect for readers who loved Mary H. K.


Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781645672579
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Published: Page Street Kids - May 25th, 2021

Everyone likes Humaira "Hani" Khan—she’s easy going and one of the most popular girls at school. But when she comes out to her friends as bisexual, they invalidate her identity, saying she can’t be bi if she’s only dated guys. Panicked, Hani blurts out that she’s in a relationship…with a girl her friends absolutely hate—Ishita "Ishu" Dey. Ishu is the complete opposite of Hani.


Rise Up and Write It: With Real Mail, Posters, and More! Cover Image
By Nandini Ahuja, Anoosha Syed (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063029590
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Published: HarperFestival - January 5th, 2021

Rise Up and Write It combines a celebration of civic engagement with the hands-on fun of real pull-out examples of activism tools and is sure to encourage young readers to want to get up and get involved.

The book comes complete with a pull-out letter to the mayor, a ready-to-sign petition, a community meeting poster, a protest sign—and more!


Bindiya in India Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781645437130
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Published: Mango and Marigold Press - January 12th, 2021

Home Is in Between Cover Image
By Mitali Perkins, Lavanya Naidu (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780374303679
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - February 23rd, 2021

In the timely yet timeless picture book Home Is in Between, critically acclaimed author Mitali Perkins and illustrator Lavanya Naidu describe the experience of navigating multiple cultures and embracing the complex but beautiful home in between.

Shanti misses the warm monsoon rains in India. Now in America, she watches fall leaves fly past her feet.


Yasmin the Librarian Cover Image
By Hatem Aly (Illustrator), Saadia Faruqi
$20.65
ISBN: 9781515882596
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Published: Picture Window Books - January 1st, 2021

It's library day, and Yasmin is the helper She loves shelving books, but suddenly, Yasmin discovers that her own special book is missing. How will she find it among all the other books?


Yasmin the Recycler Cover Image
By Hatem Aly (Illustrator), Saadia Faruqi
$20.65
ISBN: 9781515882619
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Published: Picture Window Books - January 1st, 2021

Yasmin is thrilled about her school's new recycling program. But getting her friends to pitch in is no easy task Will some creative thinking get Yasmin's friends to be good recyclers?


Yasmin the Scientist Cover Image
By Hatem Aly (Illustrator), Saadia Faruqi
$20.65
ISBN: 9781515882602
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Published: Picture Window Books - January 1st, 2021

Everyone seems to have an idea for the science fair except for Yasmin After some failed experiments, Yasmin's snack break with Nani inspires an idea. Together they use kitchen science for sweet success.


Yasmin the Singer Cover Image
By Hatem Aly (Illustrator), Saadia Faruqi
$20.65
ISBN: 9781515882626
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Published: Picture Window Books - January 1st, 2021

Yasmin is excited to attend a wedding party. But when the singing starts, Yasmin is too shy to join in. She finds a quiet spot to hide. So how does Yasmin suddenly find herself in the spotlight?


Cooking Club Chaos! #4 (Phoebe G. Green #4) Cover Image
$22.39
ISBN: 9780593096963
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Published: Penguin Workshop - February 23rd, 2021

Written by Newbery Honor winner Veera Hiranandani, with all-new, lively illustrations by Christine Almeda!

Phoebe G. Green has never given much thought to food, but when a new French classmate enters the cafeteria with a lunchbox full of unusual foods, a new love is born. Spunky and likable, Phoebe is a budding foodie who's sure to win over your heart--and stomach!


City of the Plague God Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781368051507
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - January 12th, 2021

Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents CITY OF THE PLAGUE GOD, an adventure based on ancient Mesopotamian mythology written by Sarwat Chadda, author of the Ash Mistry series.

"An epic worthy of Gilgamesh. Chadda brings attention to the less well-recognized mythology of ancient Mesopotamia with engaging humor and wit."--Kirkus Reviews


Red, White, and Whole Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063047426
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Published: Quill Tree Books - February 2nd, 2021

A heartbreakingly hopeful novel in verse about an Indian American girl whose life is turned upside down when her mother is diagnosed with leukemia.


Strong as Fire, Fierce as Flame Cover Image
$19.76
ISBN: 9781643790404
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Published: Tu Books - February 23rd, 2021

In 1857 India, 12-year-old Meera escapes a life she has no say in--and certain death on her husband's funeral pyre--only to end up a servant to a British general in the East India Company. When a rebellion against British colonizers spreads, she must choose between relative safety in a British household or standing up for herself and her people.

India, 1857


Rise of the Red Hand (The Mechanists #1) Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781645660101
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Published: Erewhon - February 2nd, 2021

A rare, searing portrayal of the future of climate change in South Asia. A streetrat turned revolutionary and the disillusioned hacker son of a politician try to take down a ruthlessly technocratic government that sacrifices its poorest citizens to build its utopia.

The South Asian Province is split in two.