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Canadian kids’ books win at international South Asia Book Awards

Two Canadian titles have won this year’s South Asia Book Awards for Children’s and Young Adult Literature.

The Rumor (Tundra Books), written by Anushka Ravishankar and illustrated by Kanyika Kini, is the winner for books geared toward pre-kindergarten to Grade 4 readers.

Deborah Ellis’s non-fiction title, Kids of Kabul: Living Bravely Through a Never-ending War (Groundwood Books), is the winner for books geared toward Grade 5“12 readers.

Organized by the South Asia National Outreach Consortium, the awards are presented to a book that “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 winners will receive their prizes at a ceremony in Madison, Wisconsin, on Oct. 19.