APALA Booklist

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)
  • Demi. Genghis Khan. Tarrytown, NY: Marshall Cavendish, 2009. (Indian)
  • Demi. Rumi: Persian Poet, Whirling Dervish. Tarrytown, NY: Marshall Cavendish, 2009. (Indian)
  • *Haynes, Emily and Sanjay Patel. Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2012.
  • Howard, Ginger. A Basket of Bangles: How a Business Begins. Illustrated by Charyl Kirk Noll. Brookfield, CT: Millbrook, 2002. (Bangladeshi)
  • Khan, Rukhsana. Silly Chicken. Illustrated by Yunmee Kyong. New York: Viking, 2005. (Pakistani)
  • Khan, Rukhsana. Ruler of the Courtyard. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. New York: Viking, 2003. (Pakistani)
  • Krishnaswami, Uma. Bringing Asha Home. Illustrated by Jamel Akib. New York: Lee & Low Books, 2006. (Indian)
  • Krishnaswami, Uma. Chachaji’s Cup. Illustrated by Soumya Sitaraman. San Diego: Children’s Book Press, 2003. (Indian)
  • Krishnaswami, Uma. Closet Ghosts. Illustrated by Shiraaz Bhabha. San Diego: Children’s Book Press, 2005. (Indian)
  • Krishnaswami, Uma. The Happiest Tree: A Yoga Story. Illustrated by Ruth Jeyaveeran. New York: Lee & Low Books, 2005. (Indian)
  • Krishnaswami, Uma. Monsoon. Illustrated by Jamel Akib. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2003. (Indian)
  • *Kumar, Mala. Ritu’s Letter Gets Longer. Read India/Pratham Books, 2010.
  • 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? 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. Tara Books, 2008.
  • Shea, Pegi Deitz. The Carpet Boy’s Gift. Illustrated by Leane Morin. Gardiner, ME: Tilbury House, 2003. (Pakistani)
  • Sheth, Kashmira. Monsoon Afternoon. Illustrated by Yoshiko Jaeggi. Atlanta: Peachtree Books, 2008. (Indian)
  • Sheth, Kashmira. My Dadima Wears a Sari. Illustrated by Yoshiko Jaeggi. Atlanta: Peachtree Books, 2007. (Indian)
  • Stryer, Andrea Stenn. Kami and the Yaks. Illustrated by Bert Dodson. Palo Alto, CA: Bay Otter Press, 2006. (Nepali)
  • Wettasinghe, Sybil. The Umbrella Thief. 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)
  • Zia, F. Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji. Lee and Low, 2011.

Children’s Chapter Books

  • Bannerjee, Anjali. Looking for Bapu. New York: Wendy Lamb Books, 2006. (Indian)
  • Bannerjee, Anjali. Maya Running. New York: Wendy Lamb Books, 2005. (Indian)
  • *Bannerjee, Anjali. Seaglass Summer. New York: Wendy Lamb Books, 2006. (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.
  • Fleming, Candace. Lowji Discovers America. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2005. (Indian)
  • *Gilmore, Rachna. Mina’s Spring of Colors. Fitzhenry and Whiteside: 2000.
  • Perkins, Mitali. Bamboo People. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge Publishing, 2010. (Burmese)
  • 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)
  • *Reedy, Trent. Words in the Dust. Arthur A. Levine Books, 2011. (Afghanistan)
  • Singh, Vandana. Younguncle Comes to Town. New York: Viking, 2004. (Indian)

Young Adult Books

  • Antieua, Kim. Broken Moon. New York: Margaret K. McElderry, 2007. (Pakistani)
  • Budhos, Marina Tamar. Ask Me No Questions. New York: Atheneum Books, 2006. (Bangladeshi)
  • Dhami, Narinder. Bindi Babes Trilogy. New York: Delacorte Press. (Indian)
    • Bindi Babes. 2004.
    • Bollywood Babes. 2005.
    • Bhangra Babes. 2005.
  • *Gilmore, Rachna. A Group of One. New York: Henry Holt, 2001.
  • Hidier, Tanuja Desai. Born Confused. New York: Scholastic, 2003. (Indian)
  • Karim, Sheba. Skunk Girl. New York: Farrar Strasus Giroux, 2009. (Pakistani)
  • Krishnaswami, Uma. Naming Maya. New York: Farrar Strasus Giroux, 2004. (Indian)
  • *McKay, Sharon E. Thunder Over Kandahar. Annick Press, 2010. (Afghanistan)
  • McCormick, Patricia. Sold. New York: Hyperion Books, 2006. (Nepali; novel in verse)
  • 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. Monsoon Summer. New York: Delacorte Press, 2004. (Indian)
  • Perkins, Mitali. Secret Keeper. New York: Delacorte, 2009. (Indian)
  • *Perkins, Mitali. Sunita Sen. New York: Delacorte Press, 2004. (Indian)
  • 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. 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. The House of Djinn. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2008. (sequel to Haveli; 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)
  • Venkatraman, Padma. Climbing the Stairs. New York: Putnam/ Penguin, 2008. (Indian)

Folktales

  • Demi. One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale. New York: Scholastic, 1997. (Indian; picture book)
  • Galdone, Paul. The Monkey and the Crocodile: A Jataka Tale from India. New York: Seabury Press, 1969. (picture book)
  • Hamilton, Martha and Mitch Wiess. The Ghost Catcher: A Bengali Folktale. Illustrated by Kristin Balouch. Atlanta: August House Little Folk, 2008. (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)
  • 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)

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