Meera Sriram Author Story Time @North

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Join us for an interactive story time with award-winning author (and Berkeley resident!) Meera Sriram to celebrate her brand-new picture book A Garden in My Hands! The author will read from the book, followed by a henna-related craft activity for kids!

This program is most suited for those ages 3-10, but all children and caregivers are welcome. No registration required.


As an Indian American, Meera Sriram has lived equal parts of her life in both countries. Previously an electrical engineer, she now writes for children and advocates for diversifying bookshelves. Meera is the author of several picture books including A GIFT FOR AMMA, winner of the South Asia Book Award, BETWEEN TWO WORLDS, an American Library Association’s RISE: A Feminist Book Project selection, and DUMPLING DAY, that the New York Times called "a solid pre-Thanksgiving introduction to what people eat around the world". Meera believes in the transformative power of stories and likes to write on people, places, and experiences less visible in children’s literature. Her Spring 2023 titles include A GARDEN IN MY HANDS and OUR WORLD: INDIA. She lives with her husband and two teens in Berkeley, California. For more information, please visit:


This touching picture book celebrates the custom of applying henna for special occasions through a mother and daughter who share family memories and stories.

The sweet smell of henna, and stories we carry, fill us with pride of a faraway home.

There's a wedding tomorrow! And one little girl sits patiently while her mother tenderly applies intricate, delicate henna designs on her hands. As she does, she shares family stories--about weddings, monsoons, and ancestors long gone. The little girl must be careful to protect her hands as the henna dries--one smudge could ruin a story! After a whole night of anticipation, when the flakes are washed away, what will they reveal?

Lyrical text pairs with vibrant illustrations for this poignant picture book that blooms with heart, connects us to our roots, and sweetly reminds us of the garden of love we curate with those closest to us.

★ “An intimate, lyrical story about an ancient artistic tradition.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Vibrant colors and traditional South Asian motifs complement the narrative.” —Booklist

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