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South Asian KidLit

Winter 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

 

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 Cover Image
By Saadia Faruqi, Hatem Aly (Illustrator)
$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 #ownvoices 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
Availability: Out of Stock in store and warehouse. Usually ships in 10-15 days.
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.


 
 

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