A Kirkus Best Book of the Year!

Today I’m thrilled to share the news that Desert Girl, Monsoon Boy (words by me, pictures by Archana Sreenivasan) has been named one of the best picture books of 2020 by Kirkus. What an honor!

In their starred review earlier this year, Kirkus called DGMB A beautiful and important book about climate change featuring those who are most affected by it.

Here’s some more info about the book (which is for ages 4+). And if you’d like to buy a copy (more links below), please consider supporting an independent bookstore with your purchase. This year, more than ever, they can use the support!

Extreme weather affects two children’s lives in very different ways and shows how the power of nature can bring us together.

One girl. One boy. Their lives couldn’t be more different. While she turns her shoulder to sandstorms and blistering winds, he cuffs his pants when heavy rains begin to fall. As the weather becomes more severe, their families and animals must flee to safety–and their destination shows that they might be more alike than they seem. The journeys of these two children experiencing weather extremes in India highlight the power of nature and the resilience of the human spirit.

Buy your copy from…

Your local independent bookstore: find one here

Bookshop.org (which supports independent bookstores)

Or your favorite national or online retailer:

Penguin Random House * Powell’s * BAM * B&N * Amazon *  Indigo (Canada) * Book Depository (International)



As always, I will donate an ongoing portion of my royalties from this book to organizations that support pastoralists, like those featured in Desert Girl, Monsoon Boy, in environmentally and culturally sustainable ways worldwide. You can learn more about such organizations, including like Lokhit Pashu-Palak Sansthan (LPPS) in India, at pastoralpeoples.org/partners.


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