18 Books to Read this South Asian Heritage Month

July 18 kicks off South Asian Heritage Month! A great way to celebrate is to read books by and about people with roots in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, and the Maldives. Below are just a small selection of the many recent and upcoming titles to help you build your collection and Shake Up Your Shelves.

Young Readers


Written by Marzieh Abbas
Illustrated by Bhagya Madanasinghe

Navya Sings for Navarathri

Witten by Lakshmi Thamizhmani,
Illustrated by Avani Dwivedi

How to Wear a Sari

Witten by Darshana Khiani
Illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff

Middle Grade

Sona and the Golden Beasts

By Rajani LaRocca

Lion of the Sky

By Ritu Hemnani

Made in Asian America

By Erika Lee and Christina Soontornvat

The Partition Project

By Saadia Faruqi

Hamra and the Jungle of Memories

By Hanna Alkaf

Boomi's Boombox

By Shanthi Sekaran

The Best at It

By Maulik Pancholy


By SJ Sindu
Illustrated by Nabi H. Ali

Bee Bakshi and the Gingerbread Sisters

By Emi Pinto

Samira's Worst Best Summer

By Nina Hamza


The Darkening

By Sunya Mara

The Sticky Note Manifesto of Aisha Agarwal

By Sunya Mara

Magic Has No Borders

Edited by Sona Charaipotra and Samira Ahmed

It All Comes Back to You

By Rarah Naz Rishi

The Boyfriend Wish

By Swati Teerdhala