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, 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 You're Strong With Me, You're Snug with Me, Manju's Magic Wishes, Shubh Diwali and many others.  Find out more at and follow her on twitter at @csoundar. 

Chitra Soundar’s School Visits

Chitra conducts workshops related to her books and creative writing workshops. These can be conducted in schools, libraries and festivals for children to engage with stories interactively. Teachers and parents can take part too, where the setting allows.

Chitra has run over 300 workshops and storytelling sessions with children across the world. She’d be happy to travel to any part of the UK or abroad because she flies on an imaginary elephant that can take her anywhere. Of course, do ensure you have an imaginary parking spot and a lot of imaginary sugarcane.

Find out more about workshops that go beyond the printed book, creative writing workshops, Skype visits and more at and download this brochure too!

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

Please check availability here - and do check if you have a specific request for dates / events. 


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.

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

Books by Chitra Soundar

Chitra writes fiction, non-fiction, poetry and picture books. and 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.

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. 
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. 
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. 
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? 
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. 
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. 
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.” 
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. 
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." 
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 
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. 
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 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. 
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.