South Asian KidLit

List covers books releasing June 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

 

American Desi By Jyoti Rajan Gopal, Supriya Kelkar (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jyoti Rajan Gopal, Supriya Kelkar (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316705301
Availability: Available to Ship from Warehouse - Ships in 3 - 6 days.
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


Sunflower Sisters By Monika Singh Gangotra, Michaela Dias-Hayes (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781728252315
Availability: Available to Ship from Warehouse - Ships in 3 - 6 days.
Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky - June 7th, 2022

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


A Mermaid Girl By Sana Rafi, Olivia Aserr (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sana Rafi, Olivia Aserr (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593327609
Availability: Available to Ship from Warehouse - Ships in 3 - 6 days.
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - June 28th, 2022

A young girl celebrates the experience of wearing a burkini for the first time in this lyrical and heartwarming picture book that casts a fresh light on timeless summer activities, and celebrates cultural traditions and intergenerational bonds.


I Love My Body Because By Shelly Anand, Nomi Ellenson, Erika Rodriguez Medina (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534494954
Availability: Available to Ship from Warehouse - Ships in 3 - 6 days.
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 21st, 2022

All Are Welcome meets Bodies Are Cool in this picture book that shows us what makes every body special.

Everybody has a body and every body is good. Your body takes you where you want to go. Your body is your first home. And your body is different from everyone else’s body!


Basking in My Brown By Fatima Faisal, Anain Shaikh (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Fatima Faisal, Anain Shaikh (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781735031958
Availability: Available to Ship from Warehouse - Ships in 3 - 6 days.
Published: Modern Marigold Books - August 26th, 2022

A young brown girl loves the feeling of sitting out in the sun, basking in her beautiful, brown skin. Her skin comes with a rich history and power that should be celebrated. It is strong, it is ambitious, it is bold, it is soft, it is sweet, it is fearless, it is special. Basking in My Brown is a poetic tribute to the dark-skinned girls of the world.


This Is Music: Drums By Rekha S. Rajan, Tania Yakunova (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Rekha S. Rajan, Tania Yakunova (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780593387009
Availability: Available to Ship from Warehouse - Ships in 3 - 6 days.
Published: Rise x Penguin Workshop - August 9th, 2022

Make music with this hands-on introduction to the four instrument families: drums, horns, strings, and voice in this new board book series by a world-renown music educator.


Yasmin the Doctor By Saadia Faruqi, Hatem Aly (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Saadia Faruqi, Hatem Aly (Illustrator)
$22.65
ISBN: 9781663959300
Availability: Available to Ship from Warehouse - Ships in 3 - 6 days.
Published: Picture Window Books - August 1st, 2022

Baba's not feeling well, and Doctor Yasmin is determined to find out why. After giving Baba a checkup, Yasmin is stumped. But when she sits down to work on Baba's puzzle, inspiration strikes. Doctor Yasmin to the rescue.


Nura and the Immortal Palace By M. T. Khan Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780759557956
Availability: Available to Ship from Warehouse - Ships in 3 - 6 days.
Published: Jimmy Patterson - July 5th, 2022

Aru Shah and the End of Time meets Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away in this mesmerizing portal fantasy that takes readers into the little-known world of Jinn.

Nura longs for the simple pleasure of many things—to wear a beautiful red dupatta or to bite into a sweet gulab.


Thirst By Varsha Bajaj Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593354391
Availability: Out of Stock in store and warehouse. Subject to publisher availability
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - July 19th, 2022

A New York Times Bestseller

The riveting story of a heroic girl who fights for her belief that water should be for everyone.


TJ Powar Has Something to Prove By Jesmeen Kaur Deo Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593403396
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - June 7th, 2022

“With an iconic heroine, delightful banter and a deeply felt message, this debut proves many times over that Jesmeen Kaur Deo is an invaluable new voice. TJ Powar Has Something to Prove is rife with insight and rich with rom-com joy, often on the same page.” — Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka, authors of If I’m Being Honest


The Loophole By Naz Kutub Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781547609178
Availability: Available to Ship from Warehouse - Ships in 3 - 6 days.
Published: Bloomsbury YA - June 21st, 2022

A gay Muslim boy travels the world for a second chance at love after a possibly magical heiress grants him three wishes in this YA debut that's Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda with a twist of magic.


What Souls Are Made Of: A Wuthering Heights Remix (Remixed Classics #4) By Tasha Suri Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250773500
Availability: Available to Ship from Warehouse - Ships in 3 - 6 days.
Published: Feiwel & Friends - July 5th, 2022

What Souls Are Made Of, British Fantasy Award-winning author Tasha Suri's masterful new take on Brontë's Wuthering Heights and fourth book in the Remixed Classics, will leave readers breathless.

Sometimes, lost things find their way home...


Meet Me in Mumbai By Sabina Khan Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338749281
Availability: Available to Ship from Warehouse - Ships in 3 - 6 days.
Published: PUSH - September 6th, 2022

Two generations, eighteen years apart

Ayesha is a world away from home when she meets the boy of her dreams. Like her, Suresh is from India but going to high school in Illinois. Once they get together, they are inseparable... until a twist of fate takes Suresh back to India right when Ayesha discovers she's pregnant.


Slip By Marika McCoola, Aatmaja Pandya (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Marika McCoola, Aatmaja Pandya (Illustrator)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781643752495
Availability: Out of Stock in store and warehouse. Subject to publisher availability
Published: Algonquin Young Readers - June 7th, 2022

From Eisner-Award nominated writer Marika McCoola and debut artist Aatmaja Pandya, an emotional coming-of-age graphic novel for fans of Bloom and Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me.

Right before Jade is about to leave for a summer art intensive, her best friend, Phoebe, attempts suicide.


The Darkening (The Darkening Duology #1) By Sunya Mara Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780358561989
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Published: Clarion Books - July 5th, 2022

In this thrilling and epic YA fantasy debut, the only hope for a city trapped in the eye of a cursed storm lies with the daughter of failed revolutionaries and a prince terrified of his throne.


Three Kisses, One Midnight: A Novel By Roshani Chokshi, Sandhya Menon, Evelyn Skye Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250797230
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Published: Wednesday Books - August 30th, 2022

New York Times bestselling authors Roshani Chokshi, Evelyn Skye, and Sandhya Menon craft a spellbinding novel about discovering the magic of true love on one fateful, magical night in Three Kisses, One Midnight.


How Maya Got Fierce By Sona Charaipotra Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250762139
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - July 12th, 2022

In How Maya Got Fierce by Sona Charaipotra, The Bold Type meets Younger when a teen who gets her dream job at a fashion magazine, despite being only seventeen.