The 2012 South Asia Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature
Saturday, October 13, 2012
6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Wisconsin Studio (3rd floor) Overture Center, 201 State Street, Madison, WI
Please join the SABA Award committee and the South Asia National Outreach Consortium as they honor the 2012 Awards-winning authors
Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw, author of Same, Same but Different (Henry Holt and Company, 2011)
Padma Venkatraman, author of Island’s End (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, division of Penguin Young Readers Group, 2011)
and Gloria Whelan, whose book Small Acts of Amazing Courage (Simon & Schuster, 2011) was a 2012 SABA Honor Book
The South Asia Book Award, administered by the South Asia National Outreach Consortium, is given annually for up to two outstanding works of literature, from early childhood to secondary reading levels, which accurately and skillfully portrays South Asia or South Asians in the diasporas, that is the experience of individuals living in South Asia, or of South Asians living in other parts of the world. This year four Honor Books and five Highly Commended Books were recognized by the award committee for their contribution to this body of literature on the region.
Please RSVP by Monday, October 8, 2012 if you would like to attend the event to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This event is free and open to the public, and sponsored by the South Asia National Outreach Consortium (SANOC).
This information originally appeared in an email from SABA.
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The South Asia Book Award (SABA) established by the South Asia National Outreach Consortium (member National Resource Centers funded by The US Department of Education, Title VI) promotes awareness about South Asia (Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka,and the region of Tibet) to librarians, publishers and teachers. This annual award recognizes a recently published work of fiction, non-fiction, poetry or folklore, from early childhood to secondary reading levels, published in the US, Canada or United Kingdom, in English which accurately and skillfully portrays South Asia or South Asians in the diasporas, that is the experience of individuals living in South Asia, or of South Asians living in other parts of the world. The culture, people, or heritage of South Asia should be the primary focus of the story.
I had the privilege of serving on the first award committee with a wonderful group of people and the first awards have just been announced! More information can be found at the South Asia Book Awards page
2012 South Asia Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature
2012 WinnersSame, Same but Different
by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw (Henry Holt and Company, 2011). Pen Pals Elliot and Kailash discover that even though they live in different countries—America and India—they both love to climb trees, own pets, and ride school buses (Grade 5 & under).Island’s End
by Padma Venkatraman (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, division of Penguin Young Readers Group, 2011). A young girl trains to be the new spiritual leader of her remote Andaman Island tribe, while facing increasing threats from the modern world (Grade 6 & above).
2012 Honor Books
by Samhita Arni, illustrations by Moyna Chitrakar (Groundwood Books, 2011). The Ramayana, one of the greatest legends of ancient India, is presented in the form of a visually stunning and gripping graphic novel, told from the perspective of the queen, Sita (Grade 6 & above).Following My Paint Brush
by Dulari Devi and Gita Wolf (Tara Books Pvt. Ltd, 2010). Following My Paint Brush is the story of Dulari Devi, a domestic helper who went on to become an artist in the Mithila style of folk painting from Bihar, eastern India (Grade 5 & under).