2019 South Asia Book Awards

The 2019 South Asia Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature has been announced. There are two winners, three honor books, and four highly commended books! I haven’t heard of several of them, so this list of award winners is a real treat to explore. Here are the winners:


Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

The Secret Kingdom: Nek Chand, a Changing India, and a Hidden World of Art by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Claire A. Nivola



The Eleventh Trade by Alyssa Hollingsworth

Iqbal and His Ingenious Idea by Elizabeth Suneby, illustrated by Rebecca Green

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani




Farmer Falgu Goes to Kumbh Mela by Chitra Soundar, illustrated by Kanika Nair

I Need to Pee by Neha Singh, illustrated by Meenal Singh and Erik Egerup

Maccher Jhol by Richa Jha, illustrated by Sumanta Dey

Room in Your Heart by Kunzang Choden, illustrated by Pema Tshering