Meera draws from her life straddling the East and West to tell stories. She grew up in India and moved to the United States at the turn of the millenium. An electrical engineer in the past, she now writes for children and advocates for diversifying bookshelves. Meera felt compelled to tell her stories when she noticed children that looked like her own, as well as immigrant and cross-cultural experiences, were missing in the stories her family was reading.
Meera has published several remarkable children’s picture books, both in the US and in India. Her book A Gift For Amma: Market Day In India is a 2021 South Asia Book Award Winner, a 2020 Forward Reviews Indies Best book of the year Silver Award winner, and a 2020 Nerdy Book Award winner. Her book Dumpling Day was featured in the New York Times and won the 2022 Skipping Stones Honor Award. A Garden In My Hands received starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. Meera’s work has been selected as Best Book of the Year by School Library Journal and Bank Street College, and as American Library Association’s Rise: A Feminist Book Project. Her forthcoming title, The Spice Box, releases in Spring 2024.
Meera was trained in leading storytimes for early learning by the Alameda County Library in California. She went on to be involved in several early literacy initiatives for over a decade around cities in the Bay Area. These days, she volunteers her time in helping amplify new voices in her role as the Equity & Inclusion Awards Coordinator for the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) San Francisco North & East Bay region. She is also a 2024 We Need Diverse Books Picture Book Mentor. Passionate about early and multicultural literacy, Meera believes stories have the power to take us into newer spaces and into unseen lives; she hopes they leave us more empathetic and inspired to celebrate our diverse world. Meera loves chai and yoga, woodsy hikes and urban murals, and lives with her family in Berkeley, California.