Meera Sriram & Sandhya Prabhat Launch "A Garden In My Hands"

MEERA SRIRAM (left) and SANDHYA PRABHAT visit on Saturday, April 22nd at 2:00 PM to read from, discuss, and sign their new children's picture book, A Garden In My Hands. 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 event is free, but you must register at Eventbrite or sign up at the store prior to the presentation.

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 the garden of love we curate with those closest to us.

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

MEERA SRIRAM grew up in India and moved to the U.S. at the turn of the millennium. She is the author of several picture books, including A Gift for Amma, which School Library Journal called an "excellent story for young readers to enhance their understanding of color and an aspect of traditional Indian culture" in a starred review. An electrical engineer in her past life, she now enjoys writing for children and advocating for early and multicultural literacy. Meera loves yoga and chai, and lives with her husband and two children in Berkeley, California.

SANDHYA PRABHAT is an independent animator and illustrator based in the Bay Area, California, who hails from Chennai, India. She holds an MFA degree in animation and digital arts from NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia and a bachelor's degree in literature from Stella Maris College. She has illustrated several picture books for independent publishers, including I Am Brown and Today I Am.

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is required. Registration ends at 12:30 pm on April 22nd.

BECAUSE SEATING is limited, please register only if you plan to attend.

DUE TO SPACE limitations, we may not be able to accommodate every person at an event, so early registration is encouraged.

WALK-INS will be accommodated only if space allows.

WE ASK that attendees arrive between 1:45 and 2:00 PM for the event.

PLEASE leave your non-service companion animals at home.

Saturday, April 22, 2023 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Event address: 
Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore
2904 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
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A Garden in My Hands By Meera Sriram, Sandhya Prabhat (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Meera Sriram, Sandhya Prabhat (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780593427101
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - April 18th, 2023