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Uma Krishnaswami

About Uma Krishnaswami

Uma Krishnaswami’s novel Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh (Tu/Lee & Low) won the 2018 Asian Pacific American Award for Literature in the children’s literature category. She teaches writing for children and young adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Why Stop at Windows and Mirrors?: Children’s Book Prisms

It has been twenty-nine years since Rudine Sims Bishop’s seminal essay “Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors” was published. Speaking to the lack of children’s books with African American characters and themes, the essay called for books to act as windows and mirrors that would allow all children to see themselves and the experiences of […]

No Joke! Humor and Culture in Middle-Grade Books

When I was a child, growing up in the various parts of India to which my father’s job took us, books were my friends, and I liked them funny. I discovered my grandfather’s P. G. Wodehouse collection at the age of eleven and was at once enchanted by the amiable lunacy of fictional worlds like […]