Posted by: Kathy Temean | October 28, 2019

Book Giveaway: THE MANY COLORS OF HARPREET SINGH by Supriya Kelkar

Supriya Kelkar has another picture book, THE MANY COLORS OF HARPREET SINGH. It is illustrated by Alea Marley and published by Sterling Children’s Books. Sterling has agreed to share a book with one lucky winner. All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you do to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. Thanks for helping Supriya and Alea!

If you have signed up to follow my blog and it is delivered to you everyday, please let me know when you leave a comment and I will give you an extra ticket. Thanks!


Harpreet Singh loves his colors—but when his family moves to a new city, everything just feels gray. Can he find a way to make life bright again?

Harpreet Singh has a different color for every mood and occasion, from pink for dancing to bhangra beats to red for courage. He especially takes care with his patkahis turban—smoothing it out and making sure it always matches his outfit. But when Harpreet’s mom finds a new job in a snowy city and they have to move, all he wants is to be invisible. Will he ever feel a happy sunny yellow again?

Alea Marley’s cover illustration screams JOY and LOVE. I love everything about this important and necessary picture book, especially Harpreet Singh and his big heart.” —Mr. Schu, Ambassador of School Libraries for Scholastic

“This simple yet sensitive story about a child coming to terms with things beyond his control will resonate across cultures.” —Kirkus


I had written several picture book manuscripts before the publication of my middle grade debut AHIMSA, but they all needed more revisions or weren’t ideas that I thought could really work in the end.

I kept writing more picture books while AHIMSA was going through revisions, and I kept reading them as well, learning more and more about craft with each picture book I read.


Then one day a couple years ago, I realized that I wanted to write a story that would put more kindness out into the world. I came up with the idea of an Indian-American boy who expresses himself through colors the way my kids and many kids do. I thought about it more and narrowed the story down to one where the boy is nervous to be in a school play but the story just wasn’t working. I then came up with a bullying story but it was too didactic.

So I took a break from writing the story and just thought about it over several weeks. Taking a break from the project is one of my tips for dealing with writer’s block that I share with readers on school visits. And I’m so glad I did take that break because one day, I got the idea that the boy moves across the country and deals with loneliness and othering until he finally makes a friend through his act of kindness. I was able to use a visual of kindness that I won’t give away here to guide the story and its turning points as well in a non-didactic way and suddenly the whole story came together.

I was so thrilled when this story found a home at Sterling because writing drafts of a picture book is just part of the process. The entire Sterling team made every part of this book work so well together. I was so happy when I saw Alea Marley’s stunning illustrations and that unexpected, gorgeous color palette that so perfectly captures the mood of the book. And I absolutely adore Simran Jeet Singh’s beautiful afterword. It is the perfect way to end the book.

Looking back on my journey, there were times I wanted to give up but I’m so glad I kept learning and revising and eventually got to this point. I couldn’t be happier with the book and hope readers feel the same!


Supriya grew up in the Midwest, where she learned Hindi as a child by watching three Hindi movies a week. Winner of the New Visions Award for her middle grade novel AHIMSA, (October 2, 2017). Supriya is a screenwriter who has worked on the writing teams for several Hindi films, including Lage Raho Munnabhai and Eklavya: The Royal Guard, India’s entry into the 2007 Academy Awards. She was an associate producer on the Hollywood feature, Broken Horses.

Supriya’s books include AHIMSA, THE MANY COLORS OF HARPREET SINGH (Sterling, 2019), AMERICAN AS PANEER PIE (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster, 2020) THE SANDALWOOD PYRE (Tu Books, 2020), and THAT THING ABOUT BOLLYWOOD (Aladdin/Simon and Schuster, 2021). Supriya is represented by Kathleen Rushall at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency, and Kim Yau at Paradigm for film/TV rights. Learn more at


Alea Marley is a children’s illustrator living and working in England.

She loves creating whimsical scenes that are filled with patterns, texture, and bursts of colour! Her favourite mediums to work with are chunky pencils, watercolour crayons, and digital brushes.

Picture Books
Everybody’s Somewhere by Cornelia Spelman, Seagrass Press – October 2017
Loretta’s Gift by Pat Zietlow Miller, Simon & Schuster – August 2018
The Many Colours Of Harpreet Singh by Supriya Kelkar, Sterling – September 2019

Thank you Supriya for sharing your book and it’s journey with us. It is nice to see diversity in children’s picture books. I am sure this colorful book will be a big hit.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. I love this book and have just ordered it for my classroom. she is a local friend of our music teacher, I’d highly recommend it for it’s message and colorful story.


  2. I so enjoyed this book’s colorful journey. Thanks for sharing!


  3. Being a total color lover myself, I can appreciate this book. It looks very sweet, filled with diversity and a good message. Congrats!


  4. Love the colors and themes. Can’t wait to read and share this story!


  5. I look forward to reading this colorful new picture book!


  6. Looks like an amazing book!


  7. This looks adorable!


  8. How beautiful! Thank you for sharing your insights!


  9. This looks like a lovely book. Thanks for telling me about it. I will be looking for it.


  10. Great looking book! I’ve gotten hooked on bright colors in the last few years. Now I want to paint everything bright yellow, red, and orange! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Harpreet’s story.
    I’ve tweeted a link to this post:, and pinned an image with a link on Pinterest as well: I also follow your blog daily by email: crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com.
    Thanks again, have a great week everyone!!


  11. So excited! @desibookaunty is considering selecting this book for her November PB pick


  12. What an evocative use of colors! I love it!


  13. The book looks great!


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