Paro Anand, India’s prestigious Sahitya Academy Award winner, described as a fearless writer with a big heart, is one of India’s top writers for children and young adults. She works with and writes extensively about young people in difficult circumstances. She runs Literature in Action, a program using literature as a constructive, creative outlet. She has interacted with 3 hundred thousand children.NO GUNS AT MY SON’S FUNERAL – the path-breaking novel about a young boy growing up with violence, opened to rave reviews, becoming India’s fastest selling book for young people. It was on the IBBY Honor List, 2006, translated into Spanish and German and is being made into a film.
She was awarded by President Dr. Abdul Kalam and The Russian Centre for Science and Culture. Anand headed the National Centre for Children’s Literature, the apex body for children’s literature in India. She is a World Record Holder for helping over 3000 children make the World’s Longest Newspaper. As a renowned performance storyteller and resource person, she has performed extensively in India and abroad including with Zulu, Eskimo and Swiss storytellers.
The Little Bird who held the Sky up with his Feet was on the 1001 Books to Read before You Grow Up, an international gold standard of the world’s best books ever. Her acclaimed book, Wingless has been performed nationally and internationally.