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Saumiya Balasubramaniam

Saumiya Balasubramaniam has a masters degree in computer science and works as a software analyst. She was born in Mumbai but now calls Scarborough home. She has written essays for newspapers in India and Canada and received the prestigious Bram and Bluma Appel Scholarship from the Humber School for Writers. When I Found Grandma is her debut children’s book.

Fiction (Juvenile, Picture book)

Two Drops of Brown in a Cloud of White

Illustrated by Eva Campbell.
Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2020.
Forthcoming November 2020.

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)


Fiction (Juvenile, Picture book)

When I Found Grandma

Illustrated by Qin Leng
Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2019.

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

When Maya’s grandma makes a surprise visit from thousands of miles away, Maya is delighted. But her excitement doesn’t last long. When Grandma picks her up from school, she wears fancy clothes and talks too loudly. Grandma’s morning prayer bells wake Maya up, and she cooks with ingredients Maya doesn’t usually eat. Plus, Maya thinks cupcakes taste better than Grandma’s homemade sweets.

Maya and Grandma try to compromise, and on a special trip to the island Grandma even wears an “all-American” baseball cap. But when Maya rushes off to find the carousel, she loses sight of her mother, father and grandmother. She is alone in a sea of people — until she spots something bobbing above the crowd, and right away she knows how to find her way.


Saumiya Balasubramaniam’s essay about her first book from the Groundwood blog posted Feb. 27, 2019

Publisher Groundwood Books, an imprint of House of Anansi Press