The South Asia National Outreach Consortium announces the South Asia Book Awards:
The winning books in 2013 are The Rumor by Anushka Ravishankar, illustrated by Kanyika Kini, and Kids of Kabul: Living Bravely Through a Never-Ending War by Deborah Ellis.
The Rumor (Tundra Books, 2012) is a charming, energetically-paced picture book, a North American edition of a 2009 publication from Karadi Tales of Chennai, India. The people of the fictional village of Baddbaddpur like to tell tales "so tall that if you put them one on top of the other, they would reach the stars." When bad-tempered Pandurang coughs up a feather one day, the anecdote grows like wildfire--or perhaps like a forest! A neat twist at the end results in an altogether unexpected transformation, while the very last turn leaves the reader with an echoing aside from the storyteller whose narrative presence infuses these pages. The illustrations add color and movement in equal measure. One of Ravishankar's best, right up there with her Tiger On a Tree. (Grades PreK-4).
For Kids of Kabul (Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, 2012), author Deborah Ellis went to Kabul to find out what has happened to Afghanistan’s children since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. She spoke to children, who gave her often searingly honest accounts of their lives. Courage, optimism, and the power of endurance are reflected in this book, in which Ellis steps back in the role of listener, and gives agency to the young voices. (Grades 5 – 12).
Congratulations to the winners! The full list can be found on the SABA web site.