The 2018 APALA Award in Children’s Literature Goes to WCYA Faculty Uma Krishnaswami!

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We are delighted to announce that Uma Krisnaswami has earned the 2018 APALA Award in Children’s Literature for her book Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh (Tu Books, imprint of Lee and Low).

The Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature is to honor and recognize individual work about Asian/Pacific Americans and their heritage, based on literary and artistic merit.

About Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh:

Maria Singh just wants to play softball (and wear shorts while doing it) but her Mexican Mamá and old fashioned Punjabi Papi don’t believe that girls should play ball. Set in 1945 Yuba City, CA, Step up to the Plate, Maria Singh does what good historical fiction is supposed to do—it provides rich details of the characters’ daily lives, such as the reality of living through a time of rationing and gender inequality, the unfathomability of the internment of Japanese Americans, and the shared meals of chicken curry and tortillas between the extended Indian and Mexican community.

For more visit Uma’s website and blog.