South Asian and South Asian/Indian American

South Asian and South Asian/Indian American

Picture Books

  • Atkins, Jeanne. Aani and the Tree Huggers. Illustrated by Venantius J. Pinto. New York: Lee & Low Books, 1995. (Indian)
  • Cohn, Diana. Crane Boy. Illustrated by Youme Landowne. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos Press, 2015. (Bhutan)
  • Demi. Genghis Khan. Tarrytown, NY: Marshall Cavendish, 2009. (Indian)
  • Demi. Rumi: Persian Poet, Whirling Dervish. Tarrytown, NY: Marshall Cavendish, 2009. (Indian)
  • English, Karen. Nadia’s Hands. Illustrated by Jonathan Weiner. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills Press, 1999. (Pakistani)
  • Gavin, Jamila. Fine Feathered Friend. Illustrated by Dan Williams. New York: Crabtree, 2002. (Indian)
  • Gilmore, Rachna. Lights for Gita. Illustrated by Alice Priestly. Gardiner, ME: Tilbury House, 1994. (Indian)
  • Gilmore, Rachna. Roses for Gita. Illustrated by Alice Priestly. Toronto: Second Story Press, 1996. Indian)
  • Gilmore, Rachna. A Gift for Gita. Illustrated by Alice Priestly. Toronto: Second Story Press, 1998. (Indian).
  • Haynes, Emily and Sanjay Patel. Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth. Illustrated by Sanjay Patel. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2012. (Indian)
  • Heine, Theresa. Elephant Dance. Illustrated by Sheila Moxley. Cambridge, MA: Barefoot Books, 2004. (Indian)
  • Heine, Theresa. Chandra’s Magic Light. Illustrated by Judith Gueyfier. Cambridge, MA: Barefoot Books, 2014. (Nepali)
  • Howard, Ginger. A Basket of Bangles: How a Business Begins. Illustrated by Charyl Kirk Noll. Brookfield, CT: Millbrook, 2002. (Bangladeshi)
  • Iyengar, Malathi Michelle. Romina’s Rangoli. Illustrated by Jennifer Wanardi. Fremont, CA: Shen’s Books, 2007. (Indian, mixed race)
  • Jeyaveeran, Ruth. The Road to Mumbai. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2004. (Indian)
  • Khan, Rukhsana. Big Red Lollipop. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall. New York: Viking Books for Young Readers, 2010.
  • Khan, Rukhsana. Ruler of the Courtyard. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. New York: Viking, 2003. (Pakistani)
  • Khan, Rukhsana. Silly Chicken. Illustrated by Yunmee Kyong. New York: Viking, 2005. (Pakistani)
  • Khan, Rukhsana. King for a Day. Illustrated by Christiane Kromer. New York: Lee & Low, 2013. (Pakistani)
  • Krishnaswami, Uma. Monsoon. Illustrated by Jamel Akib. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2003. (Indian)
  • Krishnaswami, Uma. Chachaji’s Cup. Illustrated by Soumya Sitaraman. San Diego: Children’s Book Press, 2003. (Indian)
  • Krishnaswami, Uma. The Happiest Tree: A Yoga Story. Illustrated by Ruth Jeyaveeran. New York: Lee & Low Books, 2005. (Indian)
  • Krishnaswami, Uma. Closet Ghosts. Illustrated by Shiraaz Bhabha. San Diego: Children’s Book Press, 2005. (Indian)
  • Krishnaswami, Uma. Bringing Asha Home. Illustrated by Jamel Akib. New York: Lee & Low Books, 2006. (Indian)
  • Makhijani, Pooja. Mama’s Saris. Illustrated by Elena Gomez. New York: Little, Brown, & Co. 2007. (Indian)
  • Malaspina, Ann. Yasmin’s Hammer. Illustrated by Doug Chayka. New York: Lee & Low Books, 2010. (Bangladeshi)
  • McKay, Lawrence, Jr. Caravan. Illustrated by Darryl Ligasan. New York: Lee & Low Books, 1995. (Afghani)
  • Nayar, Nandini. What Should I Make? Illustrated by Proiti Roy. Berkeley: Tricycle Press, 2009. (Indian)
  • Rao, Sandhya. My Mother’s Sari. Illustrated by Nina Sabnani. New York: North South Books, 2006. (Indian)
  • Ravishankar, Anushka. Tiger On A Tree. Illustrated by Pulak Biswas. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2004.  (Indian)
  • Ravishankar, Anushka. To Market! To Market! Illustrated by Emanuele Scanziani. London: Frances Lincoln, 2007. (Indian)
  • Ravishankar, Anushka. The Rumor. Illustrated by Kanyika Kini. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2009. (Indian)
  • Seghal, Kabir, and Seghal, Surishtha. The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk. Illustrated by Jesse Golden. New York: Beach Lane Books, 2015. (Indian)
  • Shea, Pegi Deitz. The Carpet Boy’s Gift. Illustrated by Leane Morin. Gardiner, ME: Tilbury House, 2003. (Pakistani)
  • Sheth, Kashmira. My Dadima Wears a Sari. Illustrated by Yoshiko Jaeggi. Atlanta: Peachtree Books, 2007. (Indian)
  • Sheth, Kashmira. Monsoon Afternoon. Illustrated by Yoshiko Jaeggi. Atlanta: Peachtree Books, 2008. (Indian)
  • Sheth, Kashmira. Tiger in my Soup. Illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler. Atlanta, GA: Peachtree, 2013. (Indian)
  • Sheth, Kashmira. Sona and the Wedding Game. Illustrated by Yoshiko Jaeggi. Atlanta, GA: Peachtree Publishers, 2015. (Indian)
  • Stryer, Andrea Stenn. Kami and the Yaks. Illustrated by Bert Dodson. Palo Alto, CA: Bay Otter Press, 2006. (Nepali)
  • Suneby, Elizabeth. Razia’s Ray of Hope. Illustrated by Suana Verelst. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2013. (Afghanistan)
  • Tenzing Norbu, Lama. Himalaya. Translated by Shelley Tanaka. Toronto: Douglas and McIntyre, 2000. (Nepali)
  • Tenzing Norbu, Lama. Secret of the Snow Leopard. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2004. (Nepali)
  • Verma, Jatinder. The Story of Divaali. Cambridge, MA: Barefoot Books, 2002.
  • Wettasinghe, Sybil. The Umbrella Thief. Translated by Cathy Hirano. Brooklyn, NY: Kane/Miller Book Publishers, 1987. (Sri Lankan; translation)
  • Williams, Karen Lynn and Khadra Mohammed. Four Feet, Two Sandals. Illustrated by Doug Chayka. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdman’s Books, 2007. (Afghani)
  • Winter, Jeanette. Nasreen’s Secret School. New York: Beach Lane Books, 2009. (Afghani)
  • Wolf, Gita. Alone in the Forest. Illustrated by Bhajju Shyam. Chennai, India: Tara Books, 2012. (Indian)
  • Young, Ed. I, Doko: The Tale of a Basket. New York: Philomel Books, 2004 (Nepali)
  • Zia, F. Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji. Illustrated by Ken Min. New York: Lee & Low Books, 2011. (Indian)

Children’s Chapter Books

  • Bacigalupi, Paolo. Zombie Baseball Beatdown. New York: Little, Brown, and Company, 2013. (Indian)
  • Bajaj Varsha. Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood. Chicago, IL: Albert Whitman and Company, 2014. (Indian)
  • Bannerjee, Anjali. Maya Running. New York: Wendy Lamb Books, 2005. (Indian)
  • Bannerjee, Anjali. Looking for Bapu. New York: Wendy Lamb Books, 2006. (Indian)
  • Bannerjee, Anjali. Seaglass Summer. New York: Wendy Lamb Books, 2006. (Indian)
  • Chadda, Sarwat. The Savage Fortress. New York: Arthur A. Levine Books, 2012. (Indian)
  • Chadda, Sarwat. The City of Death. New York: Arthur A. Levine Books, 2013. (Indian)
  • Chari, Sheela. Vanished. Hyperion Books for Children, 2011.
  • Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee. Brotherhood of the Conch. New York: Roaring Brook Press. (Indian)
    • The Conch Bearer (2003)
    • The Mirror of Fire and Dreaming (2005)
    • Shadowland (2009)
  • Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee. Neela, Victory Song. Middleton, WI: American Girl, 2002. (Indian)
  • Ellis, Deborah. The Breadwinner. Toronto: Douglas and McIntyre, 2001. (Afghanistan)
  • Ellis, Deborah. Mud City. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2003. (Pakistani)
  • Ellis, Deborah. No Ordinary Day. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2011. (Indian)
  • Ellis, Deborah. Parvana’s Journey. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2002. (Afghanistan)
  • Fleming, Candace. Lowji Discovers America. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2005. (Indian)
  • Freedman, Paula J. My Basmati Bat Mitzvah. New York: Amulet Books, 2013. (Indian, mixed race)
  • Gavin, Jamila. Grandpa Chatterjee. Illustrated by Peter Bailey. London: Egmont, 2006. (Indian)
  • Gilmore, Rachna. Mina’s Spring of Colors. Fitzhenry and Whiteside: 2000. (Indian)
  • Hashimi, Nadia. One Half from the East. New York: Harper, 2016. (Afghanistan)
  • Hirandani, Veera. The Whole Story of Half a Girl. New York: Delacorte Press, 2012. (Indian)
  • House, Silas, and Neela Vaswani. Same Sun Here. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2011. (Indian)
  • Kelly, Lynn. Chained. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2012. (Indian)
  • Krishnaswami, Uma. Book Uncle and Me. Toronto; Berkeley: Groundwood Books, 2016. (Indian)
  • Krishnaswami, Uma. The Grand Plan to Fix Everything. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2011. (Indian)
  • Krishnaswami, Uma. The Problem with Being Slightly Heroic. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2013. (Indian)
  • Lasky, Kathryn. Jahanara: Princess of Princesses. New York: Scholastic, 2002. (Indian)
  • Mason, Prue. Camel Rider. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge, 2007. (Bangladeshi)
  • Nagda, Ann Whitehead. Meow Means Mischief. New York: Holiday House, 2003. (Indian)
  • Narsimhan, Mahtab. Mission Mumbai: A Novel of Sacred Cows, Snakes, and Stolen Toilets. New York: Scholastic Press, 2016. (Indian)
  • Perkins, Mitali. The Not-So-Star-Spangled Life of Sunita Sen. New York: Little, Brown, & Co., 1993. (Indian)
  • Perkins, Mitali. Rickshaw Girl. Illustrated by Jamie Hogan. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge Publishing, 2004. (Bangladeshi)
  • Perkins, Mitali. Bamboo People. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge Publishing, 2010. (Burmese)
  • Perkins, Mitali. Tiger Boy. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge, 2015. (Indian)
  • Ravishankar, Anushka. Captain Coconut and the Case of the Missing Bananas: a number mystery. Illustrated by Priya Sundram. London: Tara Publishing, 2014. (graphic novel)
  • Reedy, Trent. Words in the Dust. Arthur A. Levine Books, 2011. (Afghanistan)
  • Rushdie, Salman. Haroun and the Sea of Stories. London: Granta Books, 1991. (Indian)
  • Rushdie, Salman. Luka and the Fire of Life. New York: Random House, 2010. (Indian; sequel to Haroun and the Sea of Stories.)
  • Senzai, N.H. Ticket to India. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2015. (Indian)
  • Sheth, Kashmira. Boys Without Names. New York: Balzer and Bray, 2010. (Indian)
  • Sheth, Kashmira. The No Dogs Allowed Rule. Chicago, IL: Albert Whitman, 2012. (Indian)
  • Singh, Vandana. Younguncle Comes to Town. New York: Viking, 2004. (Indian)
  • Zia, Farhana. Child of Spring. Atlanta: Peachtree, 2016. (Indian)
  • Zia, Farchana. The Garden of my Imaan. Atlanta, GA: Peachtree Publishers, 2013. (Indian)

Young Adult Books

  • Antieua, Kim. Broken Moon. New York: Margaret K. McElderry, 2007. (Pakistani)
  • Arni, Samhita. Sita’s Ramayana. Art by Moyna Chitrakar. Toronto: Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, 2011. (Indian; graphic novel)
  • Bodger, Holly. Five to One: A Novel. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2015. (Indian, dystopian future)
  • Brahmachari, Sita. Jasmine Skies. Chicago: Albert Whitman and Company, 2014. (Indian)
  • Budhos, Marina Tamar. Ask Me No Questions. New York: Atheneum Books, 2006. (Bangladeshi)
  • Chadda, Sarwat. Devil’s Kiss. New York: Disney/Hyperion, 2009. (Pakistani, mixed race)
  • Chadda, Sarwat. Dark Goddess. New York: Hyperion, 2010. (Pakistani, mixed race; sequel to Devil’s Kiss)
  • D’Adamo, Francisco. Iqbal. New York: Atheneum, 2001. (Pakistani)
  • Deshpande, Shande. In Defense of the Realm. New Delhi: Campfire/Kalyani Navyug, 2011. (Indian; graphic novel)
  • Dhami, Narinder. Bindi Babes Trilogy. New York: Delacorte Press. (Indian)
    • Bindi Babes (2004)
    • Bollywood Babes (2005)
    • Bhangra Babes (2005)
  • Finn, Mary. Anila’s Journey. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 2008. (Indian, mixed race)
  • Gilmore, Rachna. A Group of One. New York: Henry Holt, 2001. (Indian)
  • Hidier, Tanuja Desai. Born Confused. New York: Scholastic, 2003. (Indian)
  • Hidier, Tanuja Desai. Bombay Blues. New York: PUSH/Scholastic Inc., 2014. (Indian)
  • Karim, Sheba. Skunk Girl. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2009. (Pakistani)
  • Kashyap, Keshni. Tina’s Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary. Illustrated by Mari Araki. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011. (Indian; graphic novel)
  • Khan, Rukhsana. Wanting Mor. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2009. (Afghani)
  • Krishnaswami, Uma. Naming Maya. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2004. (Indian)
  • McCormick, Patricia. Sold. New York: Hyperion Books, 2006. (Nepali; novel in verse)
  • McKay, Sharon E. Thunder Over Kandahar. Photographs by Rafal Gerszak. Toronto: Annick Press, 2010. (Afghanistan)
  • Meminger, Neesha. Shine, Coconut Moon. New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2009. (Indian/Punjabi)
  • Michaelis, Antonia. Tiger Moon. Translated from German by Anthea Bell. New York: Amulet Books, 2008. (Indian)
  • Michaelis, Antonia. Dragons of Darkness. Translated by Anthea Bell. New York: Amulet Books, 2010. (Nepali)
  • Ostlere, Cathy. Karma: A Novel in Verse. New York: Razorbill, 2011. (Indian/Sikh)
  • Patel, Sonia. Rani Patel in Full Effect. El Paso: Cinco Puntos Press, 2016. (Indian)
  • Perkins, Mitali. Monsoon Summer. New York: Delacorte Press, 2004. (Indian)
  • Perkins, Mitali. Extreme American Makeover. New York: Dutton Books, 2007. (Indian)
  • Perkins, Mitali. First Daughter: White House Rules. New York: Dutton Books, 2008. (sequel to Extreme American Makeover; Indian)
  • Perkins, Mitali. Secret Keeper. New York: Delacorte, 2009. (Indian)
  • Saeed, Aisha. Written in the Stars. New York: Nancy Paulson Books, 2015. (Pakistani)
  • Selvadurai, Shyam. Swimming in the Monsoon Sea. Plattsburgh, NY: Tundra Books, 2005. (Sri Lankan)
  • Sheth, Kashmira. Blue Jasmine. New York: Hyperion Books, 2006 (India)
  • Sheth, Kashmira. Koyal Dark, Mango Sweet. New York: Hyperion, 2006. (Indian)
  • Sheth, Kashmira. Keeping Corner. New York: Hyperion, 2009. (India)
  • Staples, Suzanne Fisher. Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1989. (Pakistani)
  • Staples, Suzanne Fisher. Haveli. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1993. (sequel to Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind; Pakistani)
  • Staples, Suzanne Fisher. Shiva’s Fire. New York: HarperCollins, 2001. (Indian)
  • Staples, Suzanne Fisher. Under the Persimmon Tree. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2005. (Afghani)
  • Staples, Suzanne Fisher. The House of Djinn. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2008. (sequel to Haveli; Pakistani)
  • Stevenson, Sarah Jamilla. The Latte Rebellion. Woodbury, MN: Flux, 2011. (Indian, mixed race)
  • Tomlinson, Heather. Toads and Diamonds. New York: Henry Holt, 2010. (Indian)
  • Venkatraman, Padma. Climbing the Stairs. New York: Putnam/ Penguin, 2008. (Indian)
  • Venkatraman, Padma. Island’s End. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2011. (Indian)
  • Venkatraman, Padma. A Time to Dance. New York: Nancy Paulson Books, 2014. (Indian, a novel in verse)
  • Westerfeld, Scott. Afterworlds. New York: Simon Pulse, 2014. (Indian)

Folktales

  • Demi. One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale. New York: Scholastic, 1997. (Indian; picture book)
  • Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee. Grandma and the Great Gourd: A Bengali Folk Tale. Illustrated by Susy Pilgrim Waters. New York: Roaring Brook Press, 2013. (picture book)
  • Galdone, Paul. The Monkey and the Crocodile: A Jataka Tale from India. New York: Seabury Press, 1969. (picture book)
  • Gavin, Jamila. Stories from the Hindu World. Illustrated by Joanna Troughton. Morristown, NJ: Silver Burdett, 1986.
  • Gavin, Jamila. Tales from India: Stories of Creation and the Cosmos. Illustrated by Amanda Hall. Somerville, MA: Templar Books, 2011.
  • Hamilton, Martha and Mitch Weiss. The Ghost Catcher: A Bengali Folktale. Illustrated by Kristin Balouch. Atlanta: August House Little Folk, 2008. (picture book)
  • Mehta, Lila, and Meredith Brucker. Anklet for a Princess: A Cinderella Story from India. Illustrated by Youshan Tang. Fremont, CA: Shen’s Books, 2002. (picture book)
  • Novesky, Amy. The Elephant Prince: The Story of Ganesh. Illustrated by Belgin K. Wedman. San Rafael, CA: Mandala, 2004. (picture book)
  • Sperling, Vatsala. Ram the Demon Slayer: Classic Indian Stories for Children. Illustrated by Pieter Weltevrede. Rochester, VT: Bearcub Books, 2005. (children’s chapter book)
  • Thornhill, Jan. The Rumor: A Jataka Tale from India. Toronto: Maple Tree Press, 2002. (picture book)
  • Williams, Marcia. The Elephant’s Friend and Other Tales from Ancient India. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2012. (picture book)
  • Young, Ed. I, Doko: The Tale of a Basket. New York: Philomel Books, 2004. (Nepali; picture book)

Nonfiction

  • Gerszak, Rafal with Dawn Hunter. Beyond Bullets: A Photo Journal of Afghanistan. Toronto: Annick Press, 2011.
  • Lewin, Ted and Betsy Lewin. Balarama: A Royal Elephant. New York: Lee & Low, 2009.
  • Patel, Sanjay. The Little Book of Hindu Deities: From the Goddess of Wealth to the Sacred Cow. New York: Plume, 2006.
  • Patel, Sanjay. Ramayana: Divine Loophole. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2010.
  • Reynolds, Jan. Cycle of Life: A Story of Sustainable Farming. New York: Lee & Low, 2009.
  • Taylor-Butler, Christine. Sacred Mountain: Everest. New York: Lee & Low Books, 2009. (Nepali; picture book)
  • Winter, Jeanette. Malala: A Brave Girl From Pakistan. New York: Beach Lane Books, 2014. (Pakistani; picture book)
  • Yousafzai, Malala, and Patricia McCormick. I Am Malala. New York: Little, Brown, and Company, 2014. (Pakistani; young adult)

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