Namaste Is a Greeting

by Suma Subramaniam (Author) Sandhya Prabhat (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

Discover namaste's many meanings in a simple, lyrical text, paired with a charmingly detailed visual narrative about a little girl's kindness.

Namaste calms your heart when things aren't going right.

Namaste is saying "You matter."

What is namaste? It's found in a smile, a friendship, a celebration. It exists in silence; it can be said when you're happy or when you're feeling low. For one small girl in a bustling city, namaste ("I bow to you") is all around her as she and her mother navigate a busy marketplace--and when she returns with a little plant and chooses to give it to an elderly neighbor, it can be seen in the caring bond between them. In a sweet, universal text, debut author Suma Subramaniam shines a light on a word with significance far beyond yoga class, while artist Sandhya Prabhat makes the concept of mindfulness come alive in delightful illustrations likely to draw children in again and again.

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Suma Subramaniam
Suma Subramaniam is the author of Namaste Is a Greeting, She Sang for India, The Runaway Dosa, A Bindi Can Be..., the V. Malar series, and other books for children and young adults. She has an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Suma lives in Seattle with her family and a dog who watches baking shows. Learn more at

Tara Anand is an illustrator and visual artist from Bombay, India, based in New York City. She graduated from School of Visual Arts in 2022 and has since worked on editorial and children's book projects. She works primarily in gouache and loves to read in her spare time. Learn more at
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Candlewick Press (MA)
Publication date
October 11, 2022
BISAC categories
JUV039220 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Values & Virtues
JUV030020 - Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | Asia
JUV033260 - Juvenile Fiction | Religious | Hindu
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