Chitra SoundarChildren's Author
Chitra Soundar is an Indian-born British writer, storyteller and author of children’s books, based in London. As a kid, she danced in a Bollywood movie, acted on stage with her neighbourhood friends and disliked Maths because it never added up. Chitra grew up on a wholesome diet of stories from Indian myths, epics and folklore. She’s funny with friends, plays pranks at work and puts a lot of jokes into her books that are usually set in India or in Indian homes. She is keen to create stories with Asian themes and protagonists that have broad appeal to children from all backgrounds.
Chitra has been a teacher, programmer and other complicated jobs that grownups do in an office. But her favourite jobs are writing and telling stories and being an aunt to her two nephews who read a lot and make up stories with her.
Chitra has written picture books, stories for emerging readers and junior fiction. She is currently working on a story for 10-12 year olds full of Bollywood and Mathematics. She occasionally writes some poems too. Chitra’s picture books, especially The Farmer Falgu series have been translated into French, German, Thai, Japanese and American English and are quite popular amongst children. In the UK, Chitra is published by Walker Books, Otter-Barry Books and her next picture book will be published by Lantana Publishing in 2018.
Chitra often visits schools, libraries and bookshops to tell stories and encourage reading for pleasure and creative writing. She is the current Patron of Reading at West Earlham Junior School in Norwich. You can also find Chitra in literary festivals telling stories from her books.
When not writing stories or not visiting schools, Chitra loves spending time with her nephews, taking photos of flowers and birds, going to museums and attending dancing classes.