About

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Supriya is an award-winning author, illustrator, and screenwriter who grew up in the Midwest, where she learned Hindi as a child by watching three Hindi movies a week. Winner of the New Visions Award for her international bestselling middle grade novel AHIMSA, (Tu Books, 2017), Supriya has worked on the writing teams for several Hindi films, including Lage Raho Munna Bhai and Eklavya: The Royal Guard, India’s entry into the 2007 Academy Awards. Supriya’s books include AHIMSA, THE MANY COLORS OF HARPREET SINGH (Sterling, 2019, illlustrated by Alea Marley – the Michigan Great Read for 2021), AMERICAN AS PANEER PIE, a School Library Journal Best Book of 2020, (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster, 2020) STRONG AS FIRE, FIERCE AS FLAME (A 2022 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Honor Book, 2022 Global Read Aloud Selection, and Read Across America selection, Tu Books, 2020), BINDU’S BINDIS (Sterling, 2021, illustrated by Parvati Pillai), THAT THING ABOUT BOLLYWOOD (Simon and Schuster BFYR, 2021 – a Parents Magazine Best Book of 2021), BROWN IS BEAUTIFUL (FSG, 2022, art by Noor Sofi),  MY NAME (FSG, 2023, art by Sandhya Prabhat), and THE COBRA’S SONG (Simon & Schuster, 2023). She is the illustrator of Jyoti Rajan Gopal’s AMERICAN DESI (Little, Brown, 2022) and Raakhee Mirchandani’s MY DIWALI LIGHT (Little, Brown, 2022), and the author-illustrator of SHINE (Candlewick, 2024). Supriya is represented by Kathleen Rushall at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency, and Kim Yau at Echo Lake Entertainment for film/TV rights.

Follow Supriya on Twitter @supriyakelkar_, on Instagram @Supriya.Kelkar, and on TikTok @supriya.kelkar .

How to pronounce my name:

(SU-pree-yah KEL(rhymes with “hail”, the “l” sound is a Marathi letter made by rolling your tongue to make an “rl”)-kuhr)

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The Indie 500 with the Renegades of Middle Grade