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About Chitra Soundar
Chitra Soundar is an Indian-born British writer, storyteller and author of children’s books, based in London. Chitra grew up on a wholesome diet of stories from Indian myths, epics and folklore. She’s funny with friends, plays pranks at work and puts a lot of jokes into her books that are usually set in India or in Indian homes. She is keen to create stories with Asian themes and protagonists that have broad appeal to children from all backgrounds.
Chitra has been a teacher, programmer and other complicated jobs that grownups do in an office. She has written picture books, stories for emerging readers, poetry and junior fiction. She occasionally writes some poems too. Chitra’s picture books, especially The Farmer Falgu series have been translated into French, German, Thai, Japanese and American English and are quite popular amongst children. In the UK, Chitra is published by Walker Books, Otter-Barry Books, Lantana Publishing, Bloomsbury amongst others. She has over 30 books in print worldwide. In 2018, A Jar of Pickles and a Pinch of Justice won the Eugenie Summerfield Children's Book Prize.
Chitra often visits schools, libraries, literary festivals and bookshops to tell stories and encourage reading for pleasure and creative writing. When not writing stories or not visiting schools, Chitra loves taking photos of flowers and birds, going to museums and attending dancing classes.
Find out more at www.chitrasoundar.com and find out if she can visit your school or festival.
Follow her on twitter @csoundar and Instagram at @chitrasoundar
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“Soundar’s energetic prose and wisecracking dialogue sparkle. . . . The adventures of Prince Veera and Suku will surely captivate.” —Shelf Awareness (starred review)
Being a wise and just ruler is no easy task. That’s what Prince Veera discovers when he and his best friend, Suku, are given the opportunity to preside over the court of his father, King Bheema. How should they handle the case of the greedy merchant who wishes to charge people for enjoying the smells of his sweets? Can they prove that an innocent man cannot possibly spread bad luck? Will Prince Veera and Suku be able to settle the dispute between a man and his neighbor to whom he sells a well—but not the water in it? Or solve the mystery of the jewels that have turned into pickles? Illustrated by Uma Krishnaswamy, these eight stories from Chitra Soundar, inspired by Indian folktales, task Veera and Suku with outwitting the kingdom’s greediest, wiliest subjects. Are the two clever boys up to the challenge?
Can Sona be the best big sister ever when she’s not sure she even wants a baby sister or brother? Brimming with warmth and charm, this story set in India will resonate with new older siblings everywhere.
Sona Sharma's house is full of three generations of people who joke often and argue sometimes. Relatives come over unannounced, the phone rings frequently, and friends drop by all the time. Then one day Amma tells Sona that she is going to have a baby. Is that good? Sona isn’t so sure. She doesn’t want to share her room or her things with a new baby, not to mention the attention of Amma, Appa, Thatha, and Paatti. And despite Amma's assurance that the sky always has room for new stars, Sona doesn’t feel stretchy or bighearted like the sky. But when she learns there will be a baby-naming ceremony, she’s determined to find the best name for her new brother or sister—one as nice as her own, a Hindi word for “gold.” Perfectly pitched to young readers, this tale of warming up to change is followed by a glossary of words from India to explore in the story.
Collins Big Cat supports every primary child on their reading journey from phonics to fluency. Top authors and illustrators have created fiction and non-fiction books that children love to read. Book banded for guided and independent reading, there are reading notes in the back, comprehensive teaching and assessment support and ebooks available.
The people of Ketu are master artisans. They see the beauty of nature and make it come alive in their work. They draw patterns of art by copying the constellations of stars, and write poetry about the moon and its travels. The art of Ketu is unique because of the most important ingredient they use: their imagination. But when their village storyteller leaves, something has been lost. Will the people of Ketu ever regain their talents? Will the storyteller return? This inspiring story is written by Chitra Soundar.
Lime Plus/Band 11+ books provide challenging plots and vocabulary as well as opportunities to practise inference, prediction and reading stamina.
Pages 46 and 47 allow children to re-visit the content of the book, supporting comprehension skills, vocabulary development and recall.
Ideas for reading in the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities.
"Soundar's clear, concise text provides an excellent introduction to Holi and its significance, as well as a beautiful story about love and forgiveness, making it a great choice for reading alone or sharing with family."—Booklist
Gauri is excited to splash colors on everyone for Holi. But when she doesn't get her favorite color, Gauri gets mad. Will she find a way to overcome her anger and join in the festivities?
From growing up in India and studying in London to becoming a political activist in South Africa and taking on the battle for independence in India, Mahatma Gandhi's legacy has lived on well beyond his years.
Read the life story of this brilliant, strong-willed and influential man in this beautifully illustrated book, complete with real-life stories, timelines and facts.
The festival of lights is here—time to celebrate the New Year!
Diwali has arrived! Rangoli art decorates the floor, and strings of flowers hang around the doors. Now it's time to ring the bells, light the lamps, and welcome the New Year with family and friends. A sweet introduction to the Hindu festival of lights.
Discover six new tales of wit, courage and power in this new treasury from Ladybird Books.
Join six kings, queens and warriors from around the world as they battle for crowns, vanquish dark forces and claim their thrones in this colourful illustrated collection of Ladybird Tales. Includes a special introduction from Game of Thrones actress Gemma Whelan.
Perfect for bedtime, to read aloud or to enjoy alone, these exciting stories taken from myth and legend show that there is more to royalty than bows and curtsies.
Sindhu and Jeet are the best detectives in town: they solve all their cases with a dollop of observation, a dash of imagination and a whole load of legwork. And when they travel from India to England for a holiday, the detective work doesn't stop! This page-turning story is accompanied by black-and-white illustrations by Amberin Huq.
The Bloomsbury Readers series is packed with book-banded stories to get children reading independently in Key Stage 2 by award-winning authors like double Carnegie Medal winner Geraldine McCaughrean and Waterstones Prize winner Patrice Lawrence. With black-and-white illustrations and online guided reading notes written by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE), this series is ideal for home and school. For more information visit www.bloomsburyguidedreading.com.
Book Band: Grey, ideal for ages 8+
Stories of Courage and Valour shines a light on famous and little-known heroes of real life. In this collection, you'll meet: Shravan, who worked tirelessly to fulfil his blind parents' wishesRazia Sultana, who bravely defended her kingdomSiddhartha, who gave up his royal life to find contentment and peace for everyone Prahalada, who stood up for his beliefs even in the face of dangerKerttu, who roamed unknown lands in search of her nine lost brothersRostom, who fought bravely for his king and displayed undying loyalty Laurencia, who inspired an entire village to stand up for what was right and many more! From popular Indian legends to tales from across the world, these are stories about extraordinary young men and women who fought for what they believed in, whether it was love, loyalty or fairness.
Collins Big Cat Phonics for Letters and Sounds features exciting fiction and non-fiction decodable readers to enthuse and inspire children. They are fully aligned to Letters and Sounds Phases 1–6 and contain notes in the back. The Handbooks provide support in demonstration and modelling, monitoring comprehension and expanding vocabulary.
Pixie finds a dull grey lamp and makes friends with Bea, the genie within it. But they can't make any wishes with the lamp until it is clean and shiny! This story was written by Chitra Soundar.
Green/Band 5 offers early readers patterned language and varied characters.
The focus sounds in this book are: /ai/ ay, ey, a-e /ee/ ie, ea
Pages 22 and 23 allow children to re-visit the content of the book, supporting comprehension skills, vocabulary development and recall.
Reading notes within the book provide practical support for reading Big Cat Phonics for Letters and Sounds with children, including a list of all the sounds and words that the book will cover.
Manju's stuck at home and she is BORED. Looking for entertainment, she summons the genie. When he turns up with a terrible cold, the genie can't hear any of Manju's wishes properly and his magic is even more strange than usual. Can Manju help him sort out the muddle? The characters from Manju's Magic Wishes return in this quirky comedy from Chitra Soundar, perfect for Key Stage 1 (KS1) children who are learning to read by themselves. It features illustrations from Verónica Montoya and hilarious mishaps that children will love.
Bloomsbury Young Readers are the perfect way to get children reading, with book-banded stories by brilliant authors like Julia Donaldson. With gorgeous colour illustrations and inside cover notes to help children get the most out of stories, this series is ideal for home and school. Guided reading notes written by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) are available at bloomsburyguidedreading.com.
'Every child needs a Bloomsbury Young Reader.' (Julie-Ann McCulloch, Teacher)
Book Band: Gold. Ideal for ages 6+.