Chitra Soundar

Children's author

Chitra Soundar
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Available for

After dinner, Commission, Educational, General enquiry, Interview, Reading, Speech, Talk, Workshop




  • Further Education (FE)
  • Adult
  • Age 3 to 5 (Early)
  • Age 5 to 7 (KS1)
  • Age 7 to 11 (KS2)
  • Age 11 to 14 (KS3)
  • University


  • You're Safe With Me
  • You're Safe With Me
  • You're Safe With Me
  • You're Safe With Me
  • Pattan's Pumpkin
  • Pattan's Pumpkin
  • Pattan's Pumpkin
  • Pattan's Pumpkin
  • Farmer Falgu Goes on a Trip
  • Farmer Falgu Goes on a Trip
  • A Jar of Pickles and a Pinch of Justice
  • Pattan's Pumpkin
  • A Jar of Pickles and a Pinch of Justice


About Chitra Soundar

Chitra Soundar is an Indian-born British writer, based in London. Chitra grew up on a wholesome diet of stories from Indian myths and epics. Chitra has written over 30 books for children and many of her stories are set in India. She regularly goes into schools to tell stories and conduct workshops. She is passionate about Reading for Pleasure especially in Asian families. She is a Patron of Reading at West Earlham Junior School, Norwich. You can find out more at

Her latest titles include You're Safe With MePattan’s Pumpkin (illustrated by Frané Lessac, published by Otter-Barry Books) and A Jar of Pickles and a Pinch of Justice (illustrated by Uma Krishnaswamy, published by Walker Books). Find out more at and follow her on twitter at @csoundar. 

Chitra Soundar’s School Visits

Regular workshops and sessions include the following:

For Reception & Y1

Storytelling form Chitra’s books and folktales. Includes songs, interactive participation and children making up various aspects of the story.
Colouring sheets can be included as giveaways if requested.
Group size: Class-size to full year-group. 

Yrs 2- 5

  • Story workshop

Chitra works with young children as young as Y1 onwards to make a story cllaboratively. Teachers can listen and perhaps even write down the story as we make them and create illustrated books after Chitra's visit.

  • Idea Blaster

Idea Blaster starts with an introduction to how Chitra’s books originated in her mind. Where did she get these ideas from. Then Chitra will show how ideas can be plucked out of the world around us. The class will then create a story together by end of the session.

  • Be a Designer

Ideally suited for Y4-6, Chitra will explain how her picture books are created. Then Chitra shares an unpublished story with the class and the children are encouraged to plan the book using a storyboard. 


Chitra is available for residencies and as a Patron of Reading as well. She is currently a Patron of Reading at West Earlham Junior School at Norwich.

Please find out more at

Chitra Soundar’s CPD, Talks and Speeches

Chitra also trains trainee teachers, primary school teachers and librarians on storytelling and creative writing. 

Chitra is a frequent speaker and storyteller at literature festivals and also offers keynote speeches, lectures to writing groups and conferences on writing, diversity in children's literature and reading for pleasure.

Chitra Soundar’s Writing Commissions

Chitra will be interested in writing projects commissioned to a brief. Please get in touch with her agent Abi Sparrow (SP Agency) to discuss this.

Chitra Soundar - Other useful info

Chitra lives in London and will be willing to travel across the British Isles, Europe and anywhere abroad. She frequently does school and bookshop visits in the US. Find out more at



Chitra is the author of over 30 books for children published in India, Singapore, US and the UK including:


You're Safe With Me

When the moon rises high and the stars twinkle, it is bedtime for the baby animals of the Indian forest. But tonight, when the skies turn dark and the night grows stormy, the little ones can’t sleep. SWISH-SWISH! CRACK-TRACK! FLASH-SNAP! goes the storm. Only Mama Elephant with her words of wisdom can reassure them. “You’re safe with me.”
You're Safe With Me

Pattan's Pumpkin

An exciting, vibrantly illustrated Flood Story from India. Pattan has an amazing pumpkin… it grows BIGGER than the goats, BIGGER than the elephants, until it is as TALL as the mountains. Can Pattan’s pumpkin save his family and all the animals?
Pattan's Pumpkin

A Jar of Pickles and a Pinch of Justice

These clever, funny trickster tales, full of humour and colour, are sure to delight.
A Jar of Pickles and a Pinch of Justice

A Dollop of Ghee and a Pot of Wisdom

Based on traditional Indian folktales, this book contains four stories about Prince Veera and his friend Suku. Tales about dung-dropping, sweet-stealing, luck-jinxing villains.
A Dollop of Ghee and a Pot of Wisdom

Farmer Falgu Goes on a Trip

Farmer Falgu has had enough of his noisy farm! He needs a break and he’s off on a holiday. Craving some quiet, he gets on his cart and goes looking for silence. He meets some interesting characters on his way who teach him the value of joyous noise.
Farmer Falgu Goes on a Trip

Farmer Falgu Goes to the Market

Farmer Falgu has a plan. But as usual, it's a plan that's turned topsy-turvy by the madness that surrounds him. But then, Farmer Falgu can usually find his way out of any mess! Chitra Soundar's energetic tale radiates with adventure and madness, whil
Farmer Falgu Goes to the Market

Farmer Falgu Goes to the Kumbh Mela

Farmer Falgu is headed to the Kumbh Mela in the vibrant city of Allahabad. There are a lot of things to see at the Mela, his friends remind him. But does Farmer Falgu manage to see them all?
Farmer Falgu Goes to the Kumbh Mela

Farmer Falgu Goes Kite Flying

Farmer Falgu’s trips never go smoothly. In this third book of the series, he is on his way to the annual kite-flying festival with his daughter, Ella. But…. Whoosh! She loses her kite to the strong wind.
Farmer Falgu Goes Kite Flying

Riddles for Smart Kids

You are bored playing games... bored with watching TV... bored reading and solving elementary puzzles. Well! What do you do now? Fret not - the answer is right here and you are holding it! This fun-filled book of riddles is all set to entertain you
Riddles for Smart Kids

As I Watch

In this book, every young reader will learn how to watch a butterfly is born from a tiny egg hanging under a leaf. The concept of life cycle is illustrated by the text that brings the reader back to where he started.
As I Watch


  • Humour
  • Biography
  • Business
  • Tall tale
  • Poetry
  • History
  • Adventure
  • Memoir
  • Narrative
  • Short story
  • Science
  • Stage/Screen
  • Essay
  • Realistic fiction
  • Travel
  • Mythology
  • Magical realism
  • Folklore
  • Fiction narrative
  • Fairy tale
  • Fable
  • Comedy
  • Textbook
  • Fiction
  • Picture book


  • Children's Writers and Illustrators in South London
  • Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
  • Society of Authors

Book types

  • Picture book