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Ritu Weds Chandni

Ritu Weds Chandni

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Words & Art By: Ameya Narvankar 

A gorgeously illustrated celebration of the power of love against hate

Ayesha is excited to attend her cousin Ritu's wedding. She can't wait to dance in the baraat ceremony! But her parents are nervous, and Ayesha soon discovers that not everyone in the community is happy that Ritu is marrying her girlfriend Chandni. Some have even vowed to stop the celebrations. But the angry crowd underestimates the love Ayesha has for her Ritu didi. With some quick footwork and a lot of heart, Ayesha bravely saves her cousin's big day.

This multiple award-winning picture book tackles prejudice against queer marriage, while centering familial love and allyship in the face of bigotry.


An ALA Rise: A Feminist Book Project—Top Ten Selection (2021) 

A Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People (2021) 

A South Asia Book Award—Honor Book (2021) 

A Kirkus Reviews' Best Picture Book of the Year (2020) 

"Simultaneously confronts homophobia and celebrates child-powered change in Hindu communities: a delight." —Kirkus Reviews (STARRED)

"With a dearth of picture books authentically addressing marriage traditions within the South Asian community, and particularly LGBTQ+ couples, this is a welcome attempt at rectification."—School Library Journal

"...a lively procession of jewel tones and golden stand up for love against hate."—Foreword Reviews


Realistic Fiction, Conflict with Society, Asia, Diverse Families, Civil Rights, LGBTQIA+, Strong Female Protagonist, Prejudice & Racism, Social Awareness, Social-Emotional Learning, Women's Studies, Picture Book for Older Readers

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Book Details

Reading Level Recommendations

Grades: 3-5

Ages: 7-9

Lexile: AD720L

Subject Categories

JUV026000-JUVENILE FICTION / Love & Romance
JUV039290-JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Activism & Social Justice


Hardcover: 9781949528947

Paperback: 9781949528930

eBook: 9781949528923

PDF: 9781949528510

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Meet the Author-Illustrator

Ameya Narvankar is a multidisciplinary designer, visual artist, and bookmaker from India. An alumnus of IIT-Bombay, Ameya believes in the power of design to bring about change, which he hopes to achieve through his foray into children's literature. He loves, in no particular order, cats, bearded men, and Beyoncé (who doesn't?).

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