I dream of a world where all children spend time outdoors in nature, delighting and bonding with the many creatures they meet. And of a world that is fair, just, and equitable, where children are enveloped in kindness, love and good books!
Sujatha Padmanabhan loves being outdoors, watching butterflies, birds and other insects, even listening to bubbling streams. She writes for children when she feels inspired, and the outdoors provides much of that.
She has been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work in the high mountains of Ladakh, where she has trekked or travelled to far off villages and supported environment education programmes in many schools.
Sujatha is a member of Kalpavriksh, an environment organisation and is based in Pune. She has helped develop localised educational curriuclum and resource material for school children in different parts of India. Currently, she co-coordinates to publish children’s books on nature and wildlife through Kalpavriksh.
Sujatha worked with children with multiple disabilities for ten years in Delhi. Her first story book (Chuskit goes to school) was about how a child in Ladakh, who used a wheelchair, was helped to get to school.
Awards and Honours:
Hindu Young World Good Books award for Best Picture Book (2016) – Story for Bumboo… The Donkey Who Would Not Budge