Nina Soni Series

Nina Soni Former Best Friend was selected as 2020 Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books for the Year list

The second book, Nina Soni, Sister Fixer is here!

In Nina Soni, Sister Fixer, Nina is convinced that she must try to alter Kavita’s embarrassing behavior. On a rainy spring break, Nina sets out to do two projects, fix her sister and work with her sister on a grand engineering project. This leads to some complicated and sometimes humorous situations and Nina must find her way out of them. Even though Nina is unsuccessful in her endeavor to change her sister, she is not disappointed as she gains important insights about herself, family, and community.

Here are a couple of reviews:

“Sheth’s clear and distinctive narratorial voice effortlessly leads readers through the intricacies of Nina’s quirky, innocent world…. The children’s Indian heritage is cleverly woven into the storyline, infusing their lives without eclipsing their American identities.” —Kirkus Reviews
“As in the previous book, Nina’s appealing first-person narrative includes lists, which she uses to organize her thoughts, and definitions of words that interest her, but it’s her lively personality and refreshing candor that will endear her to readers.” —Booklist

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Series Books

For more than a year, my eight-year-old granddaughter has been swept away in reading chapter books. She has always been a strong reader so this was to be expected. What I didn’t realize was how much she would be consumed by novels.  After finishing one book, she can’t wait to start the next one in a series and when she is in the middle of the book, it is difficult to get her attention. Recently, she introduced me to the Emily Windsnap series by Liz Kessler.

When one of my daughters was young, her third-grade teacher got her interested in books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I remember her reading Farmer Boy and laughing. There is nothing like a child reading a book and suddenly bursting out laughing. As a first-generation Immigrant, I didn’t know much about children’s literature until my children exposed me to old classics as well as to new books. I read all those books with them, too. They inspired me to write my first book, Blue Jasmine.

Last year, a parent at a conference was worried that her son likes to read and reread Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney.  A fellow author and I told the mother not to worry. Her son was enjoying the books and subtly picking up many important aspects of what makes those books so appealing to him and other kids, including how humor is delivered.  His love of those books was not a bad thing and eventually he would seek other novels.

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School Visit in NY

Uniden Digital CameraUniden Digital CameraUniden Digital CameraUniden Digital CameraEarlier in the school year I visited P.S. 333, the Museum School, Bronx NY. It was the first day of school and I thought the teacher, Ms. Yvette Corsino, was brave to invite me to her second grade classroom on that day! I reached there in the afternoon and the kids were squirming as they settled down on the floor. I read two of my picture books and introduced them to my other books. It has been a couple of months since I saw the students but I I keep thinking about them, from the 4th grader who escorted me to Ms. Corsino’s class to all the bright faces you see in the pictures here.

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2016 Tuscan Book Festival

I will be attending Tuscan Book Festival from March 10- 14. If you are in the area please stop by. For more information about the festival please go to: http://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/

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Sona and the Wedding Game and other news

I have some great news to share!

Sona and The Wedding Game (illustrated by Yoshiko Jaeggi) was published this spring by Peachtree Publishers. It has received glowing reviews, including a starred review from Kirkus.

Tiger in My Soup has been selected by First Book as one of six books in its Stories for all Project!

First Book is a Washington, D.C. based nonprofit group that provides access to new books for children in need. To date, First Book has distributed more than 125 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada.
Last week, First Book announced its latest action in the Stories for All Project – they selected six titles that showcase characters and storylines often underrepresented in children’s literature and are making 10,000 copies of each title available in affordable trade paperback format for the first time ever. Tiger in My Soup is one of them!
The six books are:
Niño Wrestles the World, written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales, celebrates play and the power of the imagination through the unforgettable, underpants-wearing Niño.
And Tango Makes Three, written by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell and illustrated by Henry Cole, follows two male penguins in the Central Park Zoo through their fruitless efforts to hatch a rock.
Tiger in My Soup, written by Kashmira Sheth and illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler, features a young Indian-American boy determined to make his older sister read aloud his favorite story about a ferocious tiger.
Boats for Papa, written and illustrated by new author/illustrator Jessixa Bagley, explores the healing love between a child and parent.
Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, written by first-time picture book author Laurie Ann Thompson and illustrated by Sean Qualls, is an inspiring true story about triumph over adversity.
Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me, written by Daniel Beaty and illustrated by Bryan Collier, is a heartbreaking and hopeful story about love and loss.
You can find more information about the books at: http://blog.firstbook.org/tag/tiger-in-my-soup/

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