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Sakshi Mangal

Sakshi Mangal was born and raised in India. She moved to England to complete an MA in Children’s Book Illustration from the Cambridge School of Art. Mangal now lives in Vancouver, B.C.

Fiction, Juvenile (Picture book)

Asha and the Toymaker

Kids Can Press, 2023.
forthcoming in October

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

Asha’s papa makes and sells wooden toys to pay for her to go to school. But Papa struggles to find buyers. And this makes him worry. He worries Asha’s life will also be a struggle unless she focuses on her schoolwork, which he never had the chance to do. Can Asha’s art help Papa? Will he let her try?

Fiction, Juvenile (Picture book)

The Many Hats of Louie the Rat

Toronto: Owlkids, 2022.

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

Louie the rat loves turning not-so-useful things into ingenious inventions, but none of the other rats in town seem to appreciate his odd, often ineffective gadgets. One day, Louie notices his fellow rats wearing some not-so-useful hats: huge hats that don’t fit through doorways, heavy hats that are difficult to walk in, and ridiculous hats that make it impossible to see. Inspired, Louie decides to make some useful hats for the town. From his never-ending supply of discarded things, he makes wool hats for warmth, wide-brimmed hats for shade, and hard hats for safety.

The other rats don’t seem to care about his hats, until a few acts of kindness from Louie grab their attention. And when a crisis strikes, Louie uses his talents to craft a hat useful enough to save the entire town!


Sakshi Mangal personal website

Publisher Kids Can Press

Publisher Owlkids