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South Asian KidLit at NCSS 2023

South Asian KidLit at NCSS 2023

A handful of South Asian KidLit brands are presenting our books at the National Council for the Social Studies in Nashville, Tennessee between November 30th 2023 – December 3rd 2023.

We would love for you to stop by Booth 69. Here are the list of brands in alphabetical order represented at the NCSS.


Batani, under the imprint Batani Books, publishes books and games that feature different facets of South Asian culture and lifestyle. Through Batani, we are proud to serve a growing market for deeper and non-cliched portrayals of South Asian culture and to provide non-digital books and games for a global audience.

Bhasha Kids

BhashaKids is an Indian-American, woman-owned small business dedicated to connecting families in the South Asian diaspora with their languages and cultures. We work with parents, language teachers, and authors. We curate and create bilingual learning materials in South Asian languages (Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Gujarati, Telugu & Marathi). We support authors and illustrators of bilingual books and representative South Asian KidLit.

Bilingual learning materials include vocabulary flashcards, workbooks, educational posters as well as bilingual picture and board books. No need to read the script as we include transliteration to help young children (and even their parents!) build conversational skills. Our materials are being used in 3 language schools and we look to partner with more. 

Eternal Tree Books

Eternal Tree Books is an award-winning independent publishing house that produces mainly children’s books. Our most popular book, Leaf Talks Peace: Buddha’s Message of Harmony, is the first picture book to be endorsed by The Dalai Lama. Our mission is to publish uplifting books created by visionary authors and artists for all ages to share stories from under-represented Indian and ither Asian cultures—diverse stories promoting peace education, emotional hygiene, science of well-being, and cultural competence.

Hindi Kay Bol

Hindi Kay Bol, founded by Priya who saw a need for Hindi-English books that were engaging for toddlers and older kids alike. Books that gave them a glimpse of culture with simple lines to encourage reading. Books that demystify Hindi grammar for young kids. And most importantly, books with colorful illustrations that inspire creativity. And that’s how Hindikaybol came to be.

So far, Hindi Kal Bol has published 5 books- का, के, की /  ने को / में पर ( series prepositions) , फिर आया सोमवार (a story book), मैं हूँ कौन ? ( a book of contemporary riddles).  Books are available to purchase via all major distributors in the US, and also my website.


Kelir Books

Kelir Books aims to represent the diversity of the Tamil diaspora around the world and offer introductions to and celebrations of Tamil language and culture. We are a publishing house led by Tamil immigrant mothers around the world, striving to integrate our heritage language and culture into our children’s lives, and to foster cultural exchangeby sharing it with others.

All of our books are 4-in-1: a story in Tamil script, with English transliteration, as a Tamil audio book, and the same story written in English. We invite you to explore all four, regardless of your cultural or language background!

Meet Buckley

Meet Buckley is a bilingual Hindi-English children’s picture book series. Created by author Neha Shah, the book is for anyone anywhere of any age who wants to learn Hindi, without any prior knowledge of Hindi! Using color-coded learning techniques and thoughtful Hindi transliteration, this bilingual book is a must-have for all multicultural, multilingual families. Each book has been reviewed by teachers, educators and thoughtfully designed to inspire a love for learning Hindi, no matter where the learner is in their journey.

Raising World Children

Raising World Children founded by Aditi – author, book editor specializing in multicultural stories, self publishing coach and publisher at

Aditi’s pursuit for promoting cultural sensitivity & self empowerment led her to founding this collaborative platform for multicultural families. Her passion for raising diverse voices so we can learn from each other makes her the perfect confidante to take along on your own life’s journey. Her passion for collaboration is what made her second book for parents RAISING THE GLOBAL MINDSET a labor of love by thought leaders around the world. Writers who time and again have been huge advocates of Raising World Children, themselves.

Shakti Girls

Shakti Girls is a collection of children’s rhyming stories about trailblazing women that reflect the diversity of India and its diaspora, including representations of over 10 different industries, such as women in science, politics, math, activism, and sports. A collection of poetic stories that allow children to imagine limitless possibilities, Shakti Girls engages with rhyme and lyrical prose that is both accessible and enjoyable to young readers.