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South Asia Book Award Educator Workshop

November 12, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm

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South Asia Book Award Educator Workshop and Award Luncheon

Are you a current K-12 educator trying to find books focused on South Asia and South Asians living abroad? Are you looking for ways to connect your classroom readings to living authors?

Join us for the 2022 South Asia Book Award Educator Workshop and Award Luncheon on November 12, 2022, in Madison, Wisconsin. Educators will have the opportunity to meet this year’s honored authors and collaborate on lesson development surrounding the award books and South Asia. The first 10 educators to sign up will receive a bundle of the 3 winning books!


10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Educator Workshop with Authors Srividhya Venkat and Padma Venkatraman and Illustrator Kavita Ramachandran

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Award Luncheon


This workshop is organized by the Center for South Asia and the Institute for Regional and International Studies National Resource Center (IRIS-NRC) at UW-Madison. Sponsored by the South Asia National Outreach Consortium (SANOC).


2022 Award Winners

Dancing in Thatha’s Footsteps by Srividhya Venkat; illustrated by Kavita Ramchandran (Yali Books, 2021). Thatha takes his granddaughter Varsha to weekly bharatanatyam classical dance lessons while her brother, Varun, tags along. Unexpectedly, the rhythm draws Varun in, but amid spirit crushing comments he’s uncertain that dance is for boys until Thatha shows his dance moves and reveals his past as a dancer in India. (Grades PK-2)

Born Behind Bars by Padma Venkatraman (Nancy Paulsen Books, 2021). Kabir was born in jail, where his mother was unjustly serving time. When determined that he was too old to stay and is suddenly released, he loses the only family and home he knows. The rest of the story is about him, learning how to survive in the world, with the help of Rani, a street girl. (Grades 5-8)

The Marvelous Mirza Girls by Sheba Karim (Harper Collins, 2021). A mother and daughter story of resilience, strength, and love, as they rediscover themselves and each other while being lost in the myriad gallis of the City of Djinns, Delhi. Sheba Karim transports you with Ruby and Noreen to heart and soul of Delhi through her vivid descriptions of culture, architecture, ruins, and of course-the food. (Grades 9-12)