Chitra Soundar is a closet clown, consummate liar, writer and storyteller. As a kid, she has danced in a Bollywood movie, acted on stage with her neighbourhood friends and disliked Maths because it never added up.

She juggles her writing new stories and promoting her current books, while holding down a day-job that pays for her roof, floor and walls, food and cake and of course books and stationery.

Chitra grew up on a wholesome diet of stories from Indian myths and epics. Born in the coastal city Chennai, in India, she now lives in London, Chitra is an active supporter of reading for pleasure and inclusivity in publishing.

She hangs out in schools, libraries and bookshops making up stories with children and regaling everyone with tales from her books and her childhood.

She’s regularly invited to national and international literary festivals like Jaipur Lit Fest, Imagine, Wayword amongst others.

She has over 30 books in print worldwide. In the UK she’s published by Otter-Barry Books, Walker Books and Red Robin Books. Lantana Publishing will soon publish Chitra’s picture book in the UK in April 2018.

Her Farmer Falgu picture book series has been translated and sold in over 6 countries. In 2017, A Jar of Pickles and a Pinch of Wisdom has been long-listed for The Little Rebel Prize.

Pattan’s Pumpkin was long-listed for the North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award and has been chosen as a book in the Power of Reading series by CLPE. It was also chosen as the October book for the Read Across America campaign in the US.

She is also a member of Society of Authors and Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Click here to find out more.

Chitra is often out and about doing events. Find out more here.