Chitra Soundar

Chitra Soundar

Writer, Storyteller and Author
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Available for

Workshop, Talk, Reading, Interview, Commission a book


Age 3 to 5, Age 5 to 7, Age 7 to 11, Age 11 to 14, Further Education, University, Adult


Adventure, Biography, Business, Comedy, Drama, Essay, Fable, Fairy tale, Fantasy, Fiction, Fiction narrative, Folklore, History, Humour, Legend, Magical realism, Memoir, Mystery, Mythology, Narrative, Narrative non-fiction, Non-Fiction, Picture book, Poetry, Realistic fiction, Satire, Science, Short story, Stage/Screen, Tall tale, Textbook, Travel

Book types

Alphabet, Fiction for children, Fiction 4-11, Fiction 5-9, Non-fiction for children, Picture book




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.

Her latest titles include Sona Sharma - Very Best Big Sister, Tiger Troubles, The Salt Maker and a play for children Kina and the Kite Seller. Find out more at and follow her on twitter at @csoundar and Instagram @chitrasoundar.

Chitra Soundar’s School Visits

Chitra has run over 300 workshops and storytelling sessions with children across the world. Currently due to the pandemic, she is only offering virtual video visits to schools, libraries and festivals. Find out more here -

Also visit Chitra's youtube channel to find out more about her books here -

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Chitra Soundar’s Festival Appearances

Chitra has appeared at local, national and international literary festivals - to present her books, tell stories and run workshops. 

Imagine Festival
Wokingham Festival
Bishop Strotford Festival
Newark Festival
Chiplit  Festival
Oxford Lit
Linton BookFestival
FCBG conference
Medway Children’s Festival
STREAM, Streatham
Sydenham Literary festival
Fabula Festival, Redbridge, Essex
Stoke Newington Festival
Dulwich Festival
Bexley Literary Festival
Vidyapath Book Festival
Brighton Festival
Lewisham Festival
Emirates Festival
Jaipur Lit Festival
Texas Book Festival
Bookaroo Festival, India

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.

Currently all her appearances are virtual.

Chitra Soundar’s Writing Commissions

Chitra will be interested in writing projects commissioned to a brief. 

Chitra Soundar - Other useful info

Chitra has appeared on the BBC One Show interview and radio interviews to talk about children's books and her own books in particular. She also runs a collaborative writing session every week that anyone can join in via Zoom. Find out more at She also mentors picture book writers and lends her voice to writers of colour in British children's publishing. 

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Books by Chitra Soundar

Chitra writes fiction, plays, poetry and picture books for young children. Her books are usually set in India or in Indian families, although she does love writing about nature and animals from all parts of the world. Her stories bring the charm and stories of India with universal truth and appeal to children everywhere. Chitra's creative writing & story projects for all ages esp about India are very popular. Chitra also trains teachers and librarians on storytelling and creative writing. Chitra is published internationally across the US, UK, India, and her books have been translated to German, French, Japanese, Thai and Chinese.

Sona Sharma - Very Best Big Sister

Sona Sharma - Very Best Big Sister

Being a big sister to a new baby brings big responsibilities. Sona Sharma's house is full of people who joke often and argue sometimes. Relatives come unannounced, the phone rings frequently and friends drop in all the time. Then one day Amma tells Sona she is going to have a baby. Is that good? Sona isn't sure – she has always enjoyed being an only child – and straight away she has a word with her best friend, Elephant. When Sona learns that there will be a baby naming ceremony, she is determined to find the perfect name for her new brother or sister. Because although she realizes that her life is about to change, and while she's having some difficulty in coming to terms with having to share everything with the new baby – including Amma and Appa, her grandparents and her home – Sona Sharma wants to be the very best big sister she can be. 
The Salt Maker

The Salt Maker

Kathir lives with his grandmother by the sea where he harvests salt to sell at the market. But one day, Kathir's donkey, Gobi, decides it's too hot to carry the heavy load to the market. What can Kathir do to persuade Gobi to continue with this important task? Find out in this charming tale set in India.  
Shubh Diwali!

Shubh Diwali!

Diwali has arrived! Rangoli art decorates the floor and strings of flowers hang around the doors. Now it's time to ring the bells, light the lamps, and welcome the new year with family and friends. A sweet introduction to the Hindu festival of lights. 
Kina and the Kite Seller

Kina and the Kite Seller

Kina, the camel is travelling through the desert with Rana, the kite seller. Can Kina teach Rana how to have good manners and be kind to others? Or will Rana continue to be mean and selfish? Find out in this playscript set in the Arabian desert.  
A Dollop of Ghee and a Pot of Wisdom

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 Jar of Pickles and a Pinch of Justice

A Jar of Pickles and a Pinch of Justice

These clever, funny trickster tales, full of humour and colour, are sure to delight. 
You're Safe With Me

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 Snug With Me

You're Snug With Me

At the start of winter, two bear cubs are born, deep in their den in the frozen north. "Mama, what lies beyond here?" they ask. "'Above us is a land of ice and snow." "What lies beyond the ice and snow?" they ask. "The ocean, full of ice from long ago." And as they learn the secrets of the earth and their place in it, Mama Bear whispers, "You're snug with me." 
You're Strong With Me

You're Strong With Me

The rain clouds are long gone and the dry season scorches the land. Everything is new for the baby giraffe. As she bounds ahead and lags behind, her mother patiently explains the ways of the grasslands. And until she grows a little taller, older, and wiser, her mother reminds her: "You're strong with me." From the makers of You're Safe With Me and the Kirkus Best Picture Book of the Year You're Snug With Me. 
Pattan's Pumpkin

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? 
Manju's Magic Wishes

Manju's Magic Wishes

Manju wants to get a present for her Mum's birthday but Cumin her cat isn't sure about the toy elephant or robot. So when they find Grandma's magic lamp, Manju is granted seven wishes to find the best present. But each wish starts to go wrong and soon the house is filled with a rock band, aliens and pirates! Can Manju and Cumin wish for the perfect gift? This magically humorous tale from storyteller Chitra Soundar is perfect for children who are learning to read by themselves and for Key Stage 1. It features engaging illustrations from Verónica Montoya and quirky characters young readers will find hard to resist. 
Tiger Troubles

Tiger Troubles

All Sloth Bear wants to do is play with Porcupine but it's nap time in the jungle and all the other animals are sleeping. So she throws a guava at Porcupine's tree to wake him up and SPLAT! THUD! BUMP! Little Tiger gets woken up too! And Little Tiger is rather hungry... This funny story set in the Indian jungle from storyteller Chitra Soundar is perfect for children who are learning to read by themselves and for Key Stage 1. It features illustrations from Hannah Marks and appealing characters young readers will find hard to resist. 
Farmer Falgu Goes to the Kumbh Mela

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 Market

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 on a Trip

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 Kite Flying

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. 
The Extraordinary Life of Mahatma Gandhi

The Extraordinary Life of Mahatma Gandhi

From growing up in India and studying in London to becoming a political activist in South Africa and taking on the battle for independence in India, Mahatma Gandhi's legacy has lived on well beyond his years. Read the life story of this brilliant, strong-willed and influential man in this beautifully illustrated book, complete with real-life stories, timelines and facts. 
Change (Two Sides II)

Change (Two Sides II)

Anu has to deal with Hannah's insults every day at school. When Hannah insults her grandad in his shop, will Anu let it go? Or will she stand up to her bully for a change? Hannah seems to enjoy taunting Anu. But when Hannah slips and falls right outside the shop, she is faced with unexpected kindness. Will that change her mind about Anu? Following on from a hugely successful first series, Two Sides II is comprised of books with two first person narratives which run parallel to each other along a carefully structured timeline. One 'bystander' narrative presents a narrow perspective of the main character, usually coming from a place of ignorance or prejudice. The other narrative is voiced by the main character, revealing the broader reality of their situation and what it's really like to be in their shoes.