Posted by: Kathy Temean | February 21, 2021

Book Giveaway: BINDU’S BINDIS by Supriya Kelkar

Supriya Kelkar has written a new picture book, BINDU’S BINDIS illustrated by Parvati Pillai and published by Sterling Children’s Books. It hits the bookstores on March 2nd, but it is available for pre-order on Amazon, now. Rebecca has agreed to share a copy with one lucky winner living in the United States.

All you have to do to get in the running is 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 other things you do to share the good news, so I can put the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter or reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. So, thanks for helping Supriya and Parvati.

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!


A companion to Kelkar’s The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh, this picture book features a little girl named Bindu whose bindis connect her to family and help her find courage to compete in the school talent show.

This charming picture book is about a little girl who loves her bindis (and the many creative shapes they come in!). The bindis are also a connection to her Nani who lives in India. When Nani comes to visit Bindu and brings the bindis to her, it is just in time to wear something new to the school talent show. Bindu and Nani work together to shine their brightest and embrace their sparkle, even when they stand out from the crowd.


I had the idea for BINDU’S BINDIS one day, a couple years ago, when I thought back to how much I adored wearing bindis. Bindis are a part of my religion and my culture and my traditions. But I grew up in a town that didn’t value diversity, and I was regularly bullied for my culture, my religion, and about bindis.

Although I loved wearing bindis in cultural spaces, if we had to go to the grocery store on our way back from a cultural event, I would make sure my coat covered my Indian clothes, and take my bindi off, squeezing it in my palm, hoping I wouldn’t see someone from school.

Thinking back on those moments, I started wishing I had a book as a child that made me feel proud of who I was. It was then that the idea for Bindu’s Bindis was born. It is the story of a girl who loves to wear the same bindis as her Nani, her maternal grandmother. I wanted to include some of the moments of hate that I had experienced but in a picture-book friendly way, so they happen in the art and not in the text. Bindu loves wearing her bindis in cultural spaces, but when it comes time to wear it to school as part of her talent show performance, Bindu is apprehensive after experiencing some hate but she overcomes it, remembering to be proud of who she is.

After it was written, my agent sent it to my editor at Sterling, who had published my previous picture book, The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh.

My editor loved the book and I was so thrilled to have another book with Sterling. The beautiful art by Parvati Pillai is stunning and captures all of Bindu’s emotions perfectly. It is a book that is full of joy and hope and family bonds. It is a book I wish I had as a child, a book that I’m grateful my children have now. And it is a book that I hope will empower kids of all backgrounds to be proud of who they are.


Supriya is an author, illustrator, and screenwriter who 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, (Tu Books, 2017), Supriya has worked on the writing teams for several Hindi films.

Her books include THE MANY COLORS OF HARPREET SINGH (Sterling, 2019, illlustrated by Alea Marley), AMERICAN AS PANEER PIE, a School Library Journal Best Book of 2020, (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster, 2020) STRONG AS FIRE, FIERCE AS FLAME (Tu Books, 2020), BINDU’S BINDIS (Sterling, 2021, illustrated by Parvati Pillai), and THAT THING ABOUT BOLLYWOOD (Simon and Schuster BFYR, 2021).


cc is a Finland based Visual Communication Designer who is keen to discover, explore and goes the extra mile to create something new.

Her illustration style remains sophisticated yet child-like, something she attunes years of watching and loving cartoon shows too.

Supriya, thank you for sharing your book and journey with us. I the theme of the book. Everyone should value their heritage and be proud to share it with people around them. It are these little things that make everyone’s lives richer. I love the colorful illustrations and the movement they add to the story. Good luck with the book.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. What a beautiful book celebrating Indian culture! Can’t wait to read it!


  2. This looks so wonderful -full of joy -congrats!


  3. A nice look at a different cultural tradition. I love the colorful illustrations. Thanks!
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  4. Hi Supriya and Parvati. I am glad your story shows Bindu’s pride for her culture, even in the face of unkindness. I shared –


  5. Supriya, this is so the kind of book I want to write….so happy to learn about bindis and Parvati, your illustrations are vibrant!


  6. I love the illustrations and what the book is about. I’m adding it to my TBR.


  7. This book sounds amazing and the art is beautiful! Congratulations!!

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  8. Such a beautiful book! No one, especially a child, should ever be scared or embarrassed to show pride in their culture. Something we’re working toward, and something this book helps promote! Congrats!

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  9. Reblogged this on Monique L. Desir and commented:
    Look! A new book is coming soon! Gorgeous illustrations! Beautiful plot!

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  10. This is wonderful news! I’m glad to be a subscriber to your blog. 🙂

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  11. Congratulations, Supriya and Parvati! Can’t wait to add this book to my daughter’s school library!

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