South Asian KidLit

List covers books releasing in January 2022 thru August 2022.

Summer  2022 - 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

 

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American Desi Cover Image
By Jyoti Rajan Gopal, Supriya Kelkar (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316705301
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 21st, 2022

For fans of Eyes That Kiss in the Corners, this poetic story filled with expressive art empowers South Asian children living in the United States and celebrates being bicultural.

Pavadais in bright gold colors
Jersey shirts and faded jeans
Swapping, changing, feeling seen...
Which is the color of me?


A young girl longs to know where she fit


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Sunflower Sisters Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781728252315
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Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky - June 7th, 2022

A heartwarming celebration of all skin shades, from sun-browned to autumn-leaf-gold!


The Leaping Laddoo Cover Image
By Harshita Jerath, Kamala M. Nair (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780807544136
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company - March 1st, 2022

Join a frolicking chase on the bustling streets of contemporary India.

Bhago, Bhago as fast as you can Follow the leaping laddoo (luh-DOO), an Indian dessert, as it flees from the hands of its maker and eludes children, a tea seller, a groom on an elephant, and more. Can anyone end this crazy chase?


One Sun and Countless Stars: A Muslim Book of Numbers (A Muslim Book Of Concepts) Cover Image
By Hena Khan, Mehrdokht Amini (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452182728
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 1st, 2022

Counting and culture come together in this stunning companion to Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns.


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Amazing Landmarks: Discover the hidden stories behind 10 iconic structures! Cover Image
By Rekha S. Rajan, Alex Asfour (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781338652499
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Published: Scholastic Press - August 2nd, 2022

Could you build the world's most iconic landmarks?

Could you design the Golden Gate Bridge? Could you construct the Eiffel Tower? Could you decorate the Burj Khalifa?


Zahra's Blessing: A Ramadan Story Cover Image
By Shirin Shamsi, Manal Mirza (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781646864935
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Published: Barefoot Books - March 29th, 2022

Cedric's Tail Cover Image
By Amani Uduman, Agnès Ernoult (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781953458223
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Published: Yeehoo Press - March 8th, 2022

I'll Go and Come Back Cover Image
By Rajani LaRocca, Sara Palacios (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781536207170
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Published: Candlewick - March 29th, 2022

A tender, beautifully illustrated story about a girl in America and her grandmother in India, whose love stretches between languages and cultures—and across the world.


Bharatanatyam in Ballet Shoes Cover Image
By Mahak Jain, Anu Chouhan (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781773216157
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Published: Annick Press - March 29th, 2022

A girl explores her love of dancing and her cultural identity in a lively picture book with echoes of the real-life collaboration between Bharatanatyam icon Rukmini Devi Arundale and ballerina Anna Pavlova.


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My Bindi Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338598810
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - August 16th, 2022

In this universal story about embracing who we are and where we come from, a young girl finds the magic, power, and history of wearing a bindi for the first time, in this moving and lyrical picture book debut from Gita Varadarajan.

There in the mirror, I see a shining star.

My mother’s joy, my father’s pride.

And then I see something else:

I see me.

Divya


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Kesar and the Lullaby Birds Cover Image
By Aditi Oza, Debasmita Dasgupta (Illustrator)
$27.99
ISBN: 9781949528862
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Published: Yali Books - May 31st, 2022

Kesar's baby sister Kamal will not sleep. Their entire village in the Great Rann of Kutch is kept awake by the infant's cries and her parents are exhausted. When Kesar and Kamal's ba comes to visit, her stories give Kesar a wonderful idea. Perhaps what Kesar needs to put her baby sister to sleep is a little bit of desert magic



Aru Shah and the End of Time (Graphic Novel, The) (Pandava Series) Cover Image
By Roshani Chokshi, Anu Chouhan (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781368075053
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - April 19th, 2022

Best-selling author Rick Riordan Presents the graphic novel adaptation of the New York Times best-selling fantasy adventure by Roshani Chokshi, inspired by the great Hindu epics she grew up on.

Named one of 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time by Time magazine!


Karthik Delivers Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419755224
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - April 5th, 2022

From the award-winning author of Finding Mighty, a moving middle-grade novel about finding your place by following your heart

Karthik Raghavan is good at remembering things. Like his bike routes. Or all the reasons he likes Juhi Shah—even if she doesn’t even know he exists.


Project Bollywood (Orca Currents) Cover Image
$10.95
ISBN: 9781459832114
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Published: Orca Book Publishers - April 12th, 2022

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The Wonders We Seek: Thirty Incredible Muslims Who Helped Shape the World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062973443
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Published: Quill Tree Books - June 7th, 2022

In this biographical collection, with stunning portraits and illustrations by Saffa Khan, authors Saadia Faruqi and Aneesa Mumtaz highlight some of the talented Muslim physicians, musicians, athletes, poets, and more who helped make the world we know today.

A brilliant surgeon heals patients in the first millennium.

A female king rules the Indian subcontinent.


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Friends Fur-ever (Must Love Pets #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338783421
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - May 31st, 2022

A new, young middle grade series that combines the heart and friendship of the Baby-sitters Club, with the irresistible appeal of adorable animals!

Pet-sitters for hire!

Imaan Bashir loves dogs, but she doesn’t have one. Yet. If only there were a surefire way to demonstrate her special canine connection to her mom.


All My Rage: A Novel Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780593202340
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Published: Razorbill - March 1st, 2022

An INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!
An INSTANT INDIE BESTSELLER!

"All My Rage is a love story, a tragedy and an infectious teenage fever dream about what home means when you feel you don’t fit in." — New York Times Book Review


Wrong Side of the Court Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735270879
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Published: Penguin Teen - March 15th, 2022

Fifteen-year-old Fawad has big dreams about being the world's first Pakistani to be drafted into the NBA. A first-generation Pakistani coming-of-age story for fans of David Yoon and Ben Philippe.


Debating Darcy Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338797695
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - April 19th, 2022

This Pride & Prejudice retelling brings New York Times bestselling Sayantani DasGupta’s trademark wit and insight to her bright and funny YA debut!

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Leela Bose plays to win.

A life-long speech competitor, Leela loves nothing more than crushing the competition, all while wearing a smile.


My Sister's Big Fat Indian Wedding Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419754531
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Published: Amulet Books - April 19th, 2022

A fresh, witty rom-com romp set against the backdrop of a high-profile music competition and a riotous Indian wedding

Zurika Damani is a naturally gifted violinist with a particular love for hip hop beats. But when you’re part of a big Indian family, everyone has expectations, and those certainly don’t include hip hop violin.


Hollow Fires Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316282642
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 10th, 2022

A powerful, gripping YA novel about the insidious nature of racism, the terrible costs of unearthing hidden truths, and the undeniable power of hope, by New York Times bestselling author Samira Ahmed. Perfect for fans of Sadie and Dear Martin.
 
Safiya Mirza dreams of becoming a journalist.


A Show for Two Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781335424563
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Published: Inkyard Press - May 10th, 2022

"Wholly heartwarming and enchanting." --Chloe Gong, #1 New York Times bestselling author of These Violent Delights and Our Violent Ends

New from the author of Counting Down with You comes a sparkling YA romance about an aspiring screenwriter who falls for the indie film star who goes undercover at her school.


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Beauty and the Besharam Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593350874
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - May 24th, 2022

“If you're a fan of rivals-to-lovers, look no further!”—Aiden Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of Cemetery Boys
 
Heated competition leads to even hotter romance in this YA summer rom-com for fans of Sandhya Menon and Emma Lord!


Holi Hai! Cover Image
By Chitra Soundar, Darshika Varma (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780807533574
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company - January 1st, 2022

Soundar's clear, concise text provides an excellent introduction to Holi and its significance, as well as a beautiful story about love and forgiveness, making it a great choice for reading alone or sharing with family.--Booklist


Peacock and Sketch Cover Image
By Allan Peterkin, Sandhya Prabhat (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781433832796
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Published: Magination Press - January 11th, 2022

This fun story about the highs and lows of media stardom is perfect for readers not yet ready for Charlotte's Web.

A gorgeous peacock hatches an escape from the zoo in search of fame, only to realize that it's not all that it's cracked up to be, and that instant stardom can be tough and beauty is more than feathers deep.


Bare Tree and Little Wind: A Story for Holy Week Cover Image
By Mitali Perkins, Khoa Le (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780593234877
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Published: WaterBrook - February 22nd, 2022

A lyrical, captivating retelling of the Palm Sunday and Easter story from National Book Award nominee Mitali Perkins, author of Rickshaw Girl, that is sure to become a beloved tradition for families of faith.


Dancing Devi Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781735031934
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Published: Modern Marigold Books - February 22nd, 2022

Devi knows that she's a good dancer. In fact, she's one of the best Bharatanatyam dancers at her dance school. So she's very upset when she learns she's lost the big dance competition. Her mom is a perfect dancer and Devi needs to be, too. Devi vows to practice her facial expressions and footwork until her dance is flawless, but no matter how much she practices, she keeps making mistakes.


Omar Rising Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593108581
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - February 1st, 2022

“Irresistibly appealing and genuinely inspiring—a story that helps us to see the world more clearly, and to see ourselves as powerful enough to change it.” —Rebecca Stead, author of Newbery Award Winner When You Reach Me


The View from the Very Best House in Town Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781536219241
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Published: Walker Books US - February 8th, 2022

Part thriller, part friendship story, part real estate listing, this witty and inventive debut explores the nature of friendship and home.


Golden Girl Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063044753
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Published: HarperCollins - February 22nd, 2022

From the award-winning, ALA Notable author of Unsettled and Lailah’s Lunchbox, this is a captivating coming-of-age middle grade novel in verse about seventh grader Aafiyah Qamar, a Pakistani American girl who hatches a special plan to help her family but finds that doing what’s right isn’t always easy.


The Ivory Key (The Ivory Key Duology) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780358468332
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Published: Clarion Books - January 4th, 2022

In this epic YA fantasy debut, magic, a prized resource, is the only thing between peace and war. When magic runs out, four estranged royal siblings must find a new source before their country is swallowed by invading forces.


Salaam, with Love Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780593482629
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Published: Underlined - January 4th, 2022

This heartfelt and humorous YA contemporary follows Dua, who spends the month of Ramadan making unexpected discoveries about family, faith, and first love.

"Beg beautifully crafts a comforting tale filled with fun characters and excellent Muslim representation.”--Aamna Qureshi, author of The Lady or the Lion


Sunny G's Series of Rash Decisions Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593109977
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Published: Dial Books - February 8th, 2022

“Pitch-perfect. One of the most endearing teen voices I’ve ever encountered.” —Becky Albertalli, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

For fans of Sandhya Menon and Adam Silvera comes a prom-night romantic-comedy romp about a Sikh teen's search for love and identity.