Bindu's Bindis

By Supriya Kelkar (Author), Parvati Pillai (Illustrator)


Pub Date 3/16/2021

ISBN 9781454940203

Format Hardcover Picture Book



Bindu's Bindis

by Supriya Kelkar, Parvati Pillai
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A companion to Kelkar’s The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh, this picture book features a little girl named Bindu whose bindis connect her to family and help her find courage to compete in the school talent show.

This charming picture book is about a little girl who loves her bindis (and the many creative shapes they come in!). The bindis are also a connection to her Nani who lives in India. When Nani comes to visit Bindu and brings the bindis to her, it is just in time to wear something new to the school talent show. Bindu and Nani work together to shine their brightest and embrace their sparkle, even when they stand out from the crowd.
“From beginning to end, Pillai has created rich, colorful cartoon-style illustrations with intricate details that give a nod to classical Indian artwork…. This #OwnVoices entry offers solutions as well as a healthy dose of joy.”—School Library Journal

"Pillai utilizes vibrant colors and wide-eyed, smiling faces to sustain the optimism of this sweet story of a little girl who just wants to be herself."—Booklist

"Bindu is a delightful protagonist whose emotional ups and downs are both familiar-feeling and fun to read about. . . . the ending is both realistic and uplifting, tying together a storyline that strikes an expert balance between drama and humor. A beautiful intergenerational tale about the importance of embracing the parts of ourselves that others may find strange."—Kirkus

“...narrative effectively highlights the way a warm grandparent-child relationship can keep culture alive.” — Publishers Weekly


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Born and raised in the Midwest, Supriya learned Hindi as a child by watching three Hindi movies a week. Supriya is a screenwriter who has worked on the writing teams for several Hindi films and one Hollywood feature. Her books include The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh (Sterling, 2019), American as Paneer Pie (Aladdin, 2020), Strong as Fire, Fierce as Flame (Tu Books, 2020), and Ahimsa (Tu Books, 2017).

Illustrator Parvati Pillai lives in Finland.

Title Details

Pages 32 pages, all in color

Trim 8.5 x 10.8 x 0 Inches

Territories World

Category Picture Books

Age Range 3 to 7

The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh

The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh