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SHRUTHI RAO

SHRUTHI RAO

Shruthi Rao likes learning new things, and looking at old things in new ways. She enjoys writing down and sharing the stories that bubble up from inside her head and the stories that already exist in the world around us. Shruthi studied to be an energy engineer, worked as a software engineer, and then switched careers to write full time. She has written 13 books for children, both fiction and nonfiction, all of them published in India. In the US, Emily Forney of BookEnds Literary Agency represents her work. Shruthi also writes a fortnightly column on kidlit for Deccan Herald, called GobbledyBook, and she freelances with Newsela, a New York-based news education website.  Shruthi grew up in Bangalore, India, and she now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, US. She loves books, trees, benches, desserts, science, and long walks.

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BIBLIOGRAPHY

• Malhar in the Middle, Duckbill Books, 2021
• Spaceship to the Universe: The Story of Libraries, Duckbill Books, 2021
• India to the Rescue: Mission Impossible in Maldives, Juggernaut Books, 2021
• How We Know What We Know: Fascinating Stories of Discovery and Invention, Penguin Random House India, 2021
• 10 Indian Women Who Were the First to Do What They Did, Duckbill Books, 2019
• 20 Indians Who Changed the World, Talking Cub, 2019
• Susie Will Not Speak, Duckbill Books, 2018
• Look Again, Pratham Books, 2018
• Manya Learns to Roar, Duckbill Books, 2017
• The Secret Garden, NSI, 2016
• Avani and the Pea Plant, Pratham Books, 2016
• Science Experiments for Backyard Scientists, Priority Publications, 2013
• The Story Lady, Unisun Publications, 2011

AWARDS

• 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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