• Padma Venkatraman is an American and lives in Rhode Island with her family. Her first middle grade novel, THE BRIDGE HOME, was released in Feb 2019 (Nancy Paulsen Books, Penguin) to five starred reviews (PW, Kirkus, SLJ, SLC, ALA Booklist). The New York Times described it as “gorgeous storytelling” , the SF Chronicle called it “beautifully rendered.” The Bridge Home is a Today Show and a Washington Post Summer Book Club selection. Padma read the audiobook herself and it won an audiophile earphone award. Her third novel, A TIME TO DANCE, was an ALA Notable book and was released in May 2014 to 5 starred reviews ( in Kirkus, Booklist, VOYA, SLJ and BCCB). In addition to the ALA Notable citation, A TIME TO DANCE has garnered several other awards and honors (ALA/ YALSA BBYA, Booklist Editor’s Choice, Booklist Top 10 art bk for youth, CCBC Choice, CSML Best Book, IRA Notable (NBGS), IBBY Outstanding BYPD, Indiebound citation, Kirkus Best Book of the year, NYPL Top 25, Forever Literary Top 10 character driven books, Mighty Girl Best Books, etc.) and received rave reviews in the Denver Post, Chicago Tribune, Providence Journal, Newsday and online. It was the featured novel in April 2014 at a literary festival in the Caribbean (where Venkatraman was chief guest and keynote speaker).  Venkatraman’s second novel, ISLAND’S END, was released in August 2011 to *starred reviews in Kirkus, PW, SLJ and Booklist. Awards and honors won by ISLAND’S END include: Winner, SANOC International South Asia Book Award; Winner,
    Paterson Prize;
    BBYA; ALA/Amelia Bloomer List Selection; Kirkus Best Book of the year;
    Booklist Editor’s Choice Best Book for Young Adults; CCBC Best Book; Finalist
    for the Crystal Kite award and BAC Julia Ward Howe award; Starred Review,
    Kirkus; Starred Review, Booklist; Starred Review, School Library Journal; Starred
    review, Publishers Weekly.
     Padma Venkatraman’s debut novel, CLIMBING THE STAIRS, was released in May 2008 to *starred reviews in Booklist, PW, and VOYA. It won the Boston Authors Club Julia Ward Howe award for Young Readers and the ASTAL RI Book of the year award and received several other honors: a Booksense notable; an ALA BBYA; an NYPL Book for the Teen Age; a Bank Street College of Education Best Book; NCSS/CBC choice; a Capitol Choice award; an Amelia Bloomer book list selection; a Booklinks Best New Books of the Summer; a CCBC choice; a Booklist Best Book of the year; a PW Flying Start; and numerous other honors. 


  • Next to writing, which is undoubtedly my favorite way to spend time, I love speaking to children and adults young and old. In terms of not so young adults, I especially love teachers, librarians!

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