2012 South Asia Book Award Winners Announced

The logo for the South Asia Book AwardThe South Asia National Outreach Consortium has announced the two winners of this year’s South Asia Book Award. The organization recognizes “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.” In addition, several titles are also chosen for two lists: “Honor Books” and “Highly Commended Books.”


  • The cover of the picture book winner "Same, Same But Different"Same, Same but Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw (Henry Holt and Company, 2011) (Ages 4 – 7)
  • Island’s End by Padma Venkatraman (G.P. Putnams Sons, division of Penguin Young Readers Group, 2011) (Gr. 6 – 9)

Honor Books

  • Sita’s Ramayana by Samhita Arni with illustrations by Moyna Chitrakar (Groundwood Books, 2011) (Gr. 6+)
  • Following My Paint Brush by Dulari Devi & Gita Wolf (Tara Books Pvt. Ltd, 2010) (Gr. 1 3)
  • No Ordinary Day by Deborah Ellis (Groundwood Books, 2011) (Gr. 4 7)
  • Small Acts of Amazing Courage by Gloria Whelan (Simon & Schuster, 2011) (Gr. 6 9)

Highly Commended Books

  • Beyond Bullets: A Photo Journal of Afghanistan by Rafal Gerszak with Dawn Hunter (Annick Press, 2011) (NF, Gr. 8+)
  • The Wise Fool: Fables from the Islamic World by Shahrukh Husain with illustrations by Micha Archer (Barefoot Books, 2011) (Gr. 1 5)
  • The Grand Plan to Fix Everything by Uma Krishnaswami (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Childrens Publishing Division, 2011) (Gr. 4 6)
  • Karma by Cathy Ostlere (Razorbill, Penguin Group, 2011) (Gr. 8+)
  • Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy (Scholastic Inc., 2011) (Gr. 5 8)

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About Sharon Rawlins

Sharon Rawlins is the Youth Services Specialist in Lifelong Learning at the New Jersey State Library. She's a children's and teen librarian responsible for providing consulting assistance to the youth services librarians in public and school libraries in NJ.