In recent years an increasing number of high-quality children's and young adult books are published that portray South Asia or South Asians living abroad. To encourage and commend authors and publishers who produce such books, and to provide librarians and teachers with recommendations for educational use, the South Asia National Outreach Consortium (SANOC) will offer a yearly book award to call attention to outstanding works on South Asia.
Dancing in Thatha’s Footsteps by Srividhya Venkat; illustrated by Kavita Ramchandran (Yali Books, 2021). (Grades PK-2)
Born Behind Bars by Padma Venkatraman (Nancy Paulsen Books, 2021). (Grades 5-8)
The Marvelous Mirza Girls by Sheba Karim (Harper Collins, 2021). (Grades 9-12)
The South Asia National Outreach Consortium (SANOC) is the sponsor of the South Asia Book Award.
SANOCs mission is to enhance K-16 Outreach Programming by building a stronger network and collaboration among the South Asia National Resource Centers, and institutions with South Asia programming, across the United States.
The national network will work to share information and resources on South Asia, incorporating South Asia content into school curricula, and promoting the resources, workshops, conferences, and educational programs at the South Asia centers.