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 therefor a gym membership) 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. Get notified of events by signing up to her Facebook page here  or her newsletter

She’s regularly invited to national and international literary festivals like Jaipur Lit Fest, Imagine, Wayword amongst others. Find out more about her events here.

She has over 30 books in print worldwide. In the UK she’s published by Lantana Publishing, Otter-Barry Books, Walker Books and Red Robin Books. In the US, she’s published by Candlewick Press and her other books are distributed by Karadi Tales USA and Lerner Publishing.

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 shortlisted for the Surrey Libraries Children’s Book Award!

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 and one of the notable Social Studies reads by CBC.

Her latest title due out in May 2018 is You’re Safe With Me (illustrated by Poonam Mistry and published by Lantana Publishing), has been chosen as one of the 2018 empathy reads by Empathy Lab and recommended by BookTrust as a bedtime read for under five-s.

Find out more about all her latest books here.

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 represented by Abi Sparrow at SP Agency and can be contacted for all rights queries.