South Asia Book Award

South Asia Book Award

The winners of the 2014 South Asia Book Award have been announced.  The award is administered by the South Asia National Outreach Consortium and is given annually for up to two outstanding works of literature for children or teens which “accurately and skillfully portrays South Asia or South Asians in the diasporas, that is the experience of individuals living in South Asia, or of South Asians living in other parts of the world.”  Up to five Honor Books and Highly Commended Books will also be recognized.

Here are the winners and recognized books for 2014:


A Moment Comes Razia's Ray of Hope: One Girl's Dream of an Education

A Moment Comes by Jennifer Bradbury

Razia’s Ray of Hope: One Girl’s Dream of an Education by Elizabeth Suneby



Bye, Bye, Motabhai! 16290039

Bye, Bye, Motabhai! by Kala Sambasivan, illustrations by Ambika Sambasivan

Gandhi: A March to the Sea by Alice B. McGinty, illustrations by Thomas Gonzalez

The Garden of My Imaan Mother Teresa: Saint of the Slums: Campfire Biography-Heroes Line

The Garden of My Imaan by Farhana Zia

Mother Teresa: Angel of the Slums by Lewis Helfand, art by Sachin Nagar



The Fantastic Adventures of Krishna Gobble You Up! 

The Fantastic Adventures of Krishna written and illustrated by Demi

Gobble You Up! by Gita Wolf, art by Sunita

In Andal's House My Basmati Bat Mitzvah Torn

In Andal’s House by Gloria Whelan, illustrations by Amanda Hall

My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula J Freedman

Torn by David Massey

This Week’s Tweets, Pins & Tumbls

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I think are cool:


37 Children’s Books That Changed Your Life #kidlit

CCBlogC: Watch the 2014 Arbuthnot Lecture #kidlit

Damian Dibben’s top 10 time travel books | Guardian- Children’s books #kidlit

Diversity in Children’s Books: Moving From Outcry to Real, Market-Driven Solutions| Kyle Zimmer | #kidlit

Elmer – celebrating difference for 25 years – in pictures | Children’s books #kidlit

Funny business – The Horn Book #kidlit #humor

If You Want To Teach Kids History, Try Grossing Them Out First : NPR #kidlit

Sassy siblings – The Horn Book #kidlit


OverDrive & Smashwords Announce Distribution Deal; 200,000 Titles by 80,000 Authors Now Available | LJ INFOdocket

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Brewster Kahle, the Librarian of 404 Billion Websites | Motherboard #libraries

The New York Public Library Comes Around : The New Yorker #libraries

This library is anything but quiet : #libraries

What’s Really Wrong With Google?| Nancy K. Humphreys | #libraries #google

Why buy when you can borrow instead? – Chicago Tribune #libraries

Why Libraries Matter – a day in the life of New York Public Library – The Atlantic #libraries

Why the death of net neutrality would be a disaster for libraries #netneutrality #libraries


UK launches large-scale study into mobile risk to kids (Wired UK) #technology #mobile #children

Who Has Your Back 2014: Protecting Your Data From Government Requests | Electronic Frontier Foundation #privacy


30 Diverse YA Titles To Get On Your Radar | BOOK RIOT #yalit

Bummer summer – The Horn Book #yalit

Feminist Young Adult Novels That You Must Read – Flavorwire #yalit

The Mortal Instruments author Cassandra Clare interview – video | Children’s books #yalit

Reading over the Rainbow | Children’s books #yalit #libraries #lgbtq

Terrible Trivium – On ‘The John Green Effect,’ Contemporary Realism, and Form as a Political Act #yalit #diversity

TLT: Teen Librarian’s Toolbox: Dear Media, Let me help you write that article on YA literature #yalit