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Even if we all start books because they’re apparently going to invoke the sleep gods, reading has a profound impact on children and adults. Author Sandhya Acharya spoke to us on Kitabi Qisse on the power of creating family book memories. Who said children’s books are only for children?

Sandhya shares her favorite books as a child, and how she has grown to appreciate the book choices her children make now. As parents, it’s very easy to have the need to share what we like, but what truly builds a reading connection is when kids explore on their own. Talking about varied reading, creating family book memories helps build a shared love for learning and is great for family bonding too. Don’t you think?

Listen in to Sandhya as she talks about her greatest inspirations and also her new upcoming book!

Kitabi Qisse started as a series of conversations with South-Asian creatives on their favorite book inspirations. The series ran from February and will close for 2023 in August. We will restart in 2024.

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Creating Family Book Memories Sandhya Acharya

Sandhya Acharya is a children’s book author and writer. She grew up in Mumbai, India, and now lives in Santa Clara, California. Her articles and short stories have been featured in Washington Post, NPR(KQED), India Currents, Lost Balloon, Peacock Journal, and Aaduna among others.

When she is not writing, she is busy training for marathons, learning a form of Indian classical dance, hosting a podcast for a non-profit, and enjoying the childhood of her young sons. Watching her sons’ antics and the “sweet” memories of her own childhood inspired her to write 10 GULAB JAMUNS.

Her traditionally published debut will be with nonfiction picture book LIVING BRIDGES, published by Paula Wiseman Books, Simon & Schuster in 2025.