To support and advance South Asian children’s literature by empowering, enabling, and accelerating creators and advocates globally.
We see a world with increased representation in children’s literature for 650+ million children from South Asia or of South Asian origin, preserving and passing on culture, language and heritage for future generations.
Ambika Sambasivan is the co-founder of Yali Books, an independent publisher opening a window to South Asian cultures through children’s literature. Yali Books is creating spaces for conversation through stories and art, providing South Asian families meaningful connections to their heritage.
Delzin is an illustrator, animator, and graphic designer by profession. She runs Crispy Doodles, an illustration studio in California where she specializes in creating children’s picture books, character designs, personalized art prints and illustrated logos for kids.
Delzin is proud of her South Asian heritage and is passionate about bringing forth more diverse representation for kids to associate with and to learn from. She believes that each individual’s story is unique and worth telling.
You can see more of her work here www.crispydoodles.com
Sandhya Acharya is a children’s book author and writer based in Santa Clara, California. She loves creating stories that are fun, relatable, and close to her heart. When she is not writing, she is busy training for marathons, learning a form of Indian classical dance, volunteering, and enjoying the childhood of her young sons. She blogs on www.sandhyaacharya.com.
Devika Joglekar is an animator and illustrator. She has always aspired to author children’s books, which are not only fun to read but also inspire young readers to learn and discover interesting things.
She has written 11 children’s picture books. Her publishing house, Miheika Publications’ mission is to showcase the rich and vibrant Indian culture to kids around the world, through aesthetically illustrated children’s books.
Originally from India, she now lives with her husband in the San Francisco Bay Area.
For more information, please visit: www.miheika.com. You can also follow her on social media:
Manasa is the founder of Batani, which publishes children’s books and games that feature different facets of South Asian culture and lifestyle. Her passion is to share tales that nurture young minds and help them appreciate all aspects of our culture. She lives with her husband and two children in Charlotte, NC.
Priya Kumari is the founder of Eternal Tree Books LLC, an independent publisher. The aim of her company is to work on native cultures and civilizations. Understanding plural perspectives is pivotal to ensuring co-existence and this inspired her to start her publishing journey. Being a daughter of a bookstore owner, she grew up with books and her immense love for books continues to define her. She studied public accounting and worked for the Big Four audit firms. She resides in New Jersey with her husband and her two sons, aged 2 and 6. As a Montessori mom, she is passionate about hands-on learning and loves teaching mathematics and Indian languages.
Shoumi Sen is the creator of From The Toddler Diaries, a series of children’s books on Indian culture and mythology. Her writing originated as one of her many ways to have her daughter appreciate a constant connection with her South Asian roots while living in California. Shoumi is a strategy & marketing professional at a global energy management company and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter. She loves to travel and experience different cultures and when not working or writing, she can be found seeking out the next travel destination with her family!
Preethi Chandrasekhar is the founder of Toka Box, the only subscription box that combines South Asian heritage, literacy, and STEAM for kids!
The mission of Toka Box is to create content that combines identity and heritage with learning by doing!