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Deepa Agarwal has always loved stories. She writes because she wants children to discover the pleasure of reading too that has brought so much joy into her life. This has led her to pen about 60 books in a variety of genres, for children aged from 3 to 14 years. Picture books, mystery stories, ghost stories, fantasy, historical fiction, stories from real life, biographies and retold myths and folktales—she has tried her hand at all! Her adventure stories have been described as page turners by many, her ghost stories induced chills and her real life fiction has touched many hearts. A number of her books focus on the issues of gender discrimination, social equality and saving the environment. Her stories are often set in the mountains, since she was born and brought up in the hills of Uttarakhand and she draws deeply from real life incidents and personal experience.

Deepa contributes to many magazines and journals in India and abroad and her work has been translated into several Indian and foreign languages. Her work has been included in many anthologies and school textbooks. She has compiled and edited several collections of stories and poems as well. She also likes to research children’s literature and apart from presenting papers in many conferences in India and abroad, she has received the Ministry of Culture Senior Fellowship and a stipendium from the Austrian government to work on different aspects of writing for children.

Deepa’s first book Ashok’s New Friends (CBT, 1990) received the NCERT National Award for Children’s Literature. Since then, several other works have received recognition. She has also served on the jury for the Sahitya Akademi Bal Puraskar Award.




  1. A Capital Adventure, Children’s Book Trust, 1990
  2. Three Days to Disaster, Ratnasagar Publishers, 1990
  3. The Hunt for the Miracle Herb, Puffin Books, 1995, reprinted Navneet Publications 2006
  4. Everyday Tales, Harper Collins, India,1995
  5. Traveller’s Ghost, Harper Collins, India, 1994,
  6. Ghosts Everywhere, A’n’B Publishers, 1996
  7. Adventures in the Hills, A’ n’ B Publishers,1996
  8. Katha Ratna 3, (Hindi), Ratnasagar Publishers, 1995
  9. Folk Tales from India, Macmillan India Limited, 1997)
  10. Myths and Legends from India, Macmillan India Limited, 1997)
  11. Animals and Birds in Myth and Legend, Macmillan India Ltd., 1997)
  12. The Hilltop Mystery, Vikas Publishing House, 1998
  13. What’s Right, What’s Wrong, Save the Children Fund, 2001
  14. Anita and the Game of Shadows, Scholastic India Pvt. Ltd. (2002), reprinted as The Game of Shadows, December 2012
  15. Not Just Girls! , Rupa & Co., 2004
  16. My Book of Creative Writing, Scholastic India Pvt. Ltd. 2004
  17. The Tricky Tales of Vikram and the Vetal, Scholastic India Pvt. Ltd. 2005
  18. Caravan to Tibet, Puffin Books, India 2007
  19. 16 Folktales of Uttarakhand, Children’s Book Trust, (2008)
  20. Chandrakanta, Translation of Devkinandan Khatri’s Hindi classic, Puffin 2008
  21. Rani Lakshmibai, the Valiant Queen of Jhansi, Puffin India, 2009
  22. Write Right; Scholastic India, 2011
  23. Rajula and the Web of Danger; Hachette India, 2011
  24. Ghost Stories Vol I; Pratham Books, 2012
  25. Chanakya, the Master of Statecraft; Puffin Books, 2013
  26. Spinning Yarns (compiled and edited); Red Turtle, 2013
  27. The Wish-fulfilling Cow and Other Classic Indian Tales, Scholastic India, 2015
  28. Go, Girl Go!, Ratnasagar Publishers, 2015
  29. 100 Great Poems for Children (compiled); Red Turtle, 2015
  30. Words to Live By, (compiled) Hachette India, 2016
  31. Listen, O King! Five-and-Twenty Tales of Vikram and the Vetal, Puffin, 2016
  32. Best Stories from Around the World; anthology, Red Turtle/Rupa, 2017
  33. The Scholastic Book of Hindu Gods and Goddesses; Scholastic India, 2017
  34. Sacked: Folktales You Can Carry Around; HarperCollins India, 2017
  35. The Teenage Diary of Nur Jehan, Talking Cub, 2019
  36. Blessed; Hachette India, 2019
  37. Friendship Stories; Scholastic India, 2019)
  38. Mahabharata Stories; Harper Collins India, 2019
  39. Journey to the Forbidden City; Penguin/Puffin, 2020
  40. Kashmir! Kashmir!; Scholastic India, 2021


  1. Ashok’s New Friends, Children’s Book Trust, 1990
  2. Lippo Goes to the Park, Frank Educational Aids, 1994
  3. Lippo Goes to a Party, Frank Educational Aids, 2000
  4. Squiggly Goes to School, Frank Educational Aids,1994
  5. Squiggly Goes for a Picnic, Frank Educational Aids, 2000
  6. Cheeko and the School Bag, Frank Educational Aids, 2000
  7. Flippi the Flying Pup, Frank Educational Aids, 2000
  8. The Tree, Frank Educational Aids, 1994
  9. Momo’s Capers, Frank Educational Aids, 1994
  10. Birthday Gift, Frank Educational Aids,1994
  11. Hoppity’s Song, Frank Educational Aids, 1996)
  12. The Toy Horse, Children’s Book Trust, 1997
  13. The Walking Tree, Children’s Book Trust,1999
  14. Birju and the Flying Horse, National Book Trust,1999
  15. Bamba and Pinky, Frank Educational Aids, 2002
  16. Flippi the Doggieangel, Frank Educational Aids, 2002
  17. Tango Goes Camping, Frank Educational Aids, 2003)
  18. Bamba and the Apple Tree, Frank Educational Aids, 2003
  19. Stories from the Panchatantra, 1, 2, 3, Frank Educational Aids, 2003
  20. Greek Mythology 1 & 2, Frank Educational Aids, 2003
  21. Latula the Dancing Top, Rupa & Co., 2003
  22. Shanti’s Friend, Pratham Books, 2007
  23. The Mango Birds, National Book Trust, 2009
  24. A Real Giraffe, National Book Trust, 2009


  1. Mystery Stories, AWIC, 1989
  2. M for Mystery Part 1 and 2, Ratnasagar Publishers,1989
  3. Dinosaurs in the Garden, Ratnasagar Publishers,1993
  4. Stories from the Panchatantra,1 and 2, Ratnasagar Publishers, 1993
  5. The Ghostly Tale and Other Stories, Vikas.
  6. The Great Lottery Scandal and Other Stories, Vikas,1995
  7. A Jinx on the Land and other Stories, Children’s Book Trust.
  8. Kidnapped and Other Stories, Children’s Book Trust.
  9. Kaleidoscope, Children’s Book Trust.
  10. Bouquet of Stories, 3, Publications Division.
  11. Abhinav Kahaniyan, (Hindi) Children’s Book Trust,1991
  12. Abhinav Kahaniyan 2, Children’s Book Trust,1991
  13. Ek mein Anek, (Hindi) Ratnasagar Publishers,1995)
  14. Phoolwari, Hindi Readers, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, Ratnasagar Publishers, 1995)
  15. There’s Another Way—Stories on Peace, Vikas Publishing House,1998
  16. The Carpenter’s Apprentice, Katha, 1999)
  17. That’s Ghosts for You, Carus Publishing Company, 2000
  18. 13 Scary Stories, Scholastic Inc., 2001
  19. Once Upon a Time in India, ICCR-AWIC- Macmillan India, 2003
  20. Aasha (anthology of women’s stories), Hindi Book Centre, 2002
  21. Deh-Dehri (anthology of women’s stories in Hindi), Sahitya Prakashan, 2003
  22. The Puffin Book of Children’s Verse, Penguin India, 2005)
  23. Favourite Stories for Girls, Puffin Books, 2007
  24. Friends Forever, Hachette India, 2009
  25. The Puffin Book of Spooky Ghost Stories, Puffin Books, 2009
  26. Dad and Me, Hachette India 2010
  27. Mom and Me, Hachette India, 2010
  28. Bad Moon Rising, Puffin Books, 2010
  29. The Killer App, Puffin, 2012
  30. I’d Rather Read, Red Turtle, 2016
  31. On Your Marks, Talking Cub, 2018


  • SCBWI Tapestry of Voices REACH Award, SF North and East Bay Region, 2021
  • Children’s Book Trust Awards, 2019
  • Best of Indian Children’s Writing Award for 2018, 2019, “Manya Learns to Roar”
  • Winner of the BalKatha Prize, 2018, “Watch Me”
  • Winner of the Children First Contest, 2017, “Manya Learns to Roar”
  • Shortlisted in the Children First Contest, 2017, “Susie Will Not Speak”
  • First Prize Winner in the Fiction for Children category, Unisun – Reliance TimeOut Competition, 2011, “The Story Lady”



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