reading at the 2014 Gaithersburg Book Festival
|Occupation||Writer, writing teacher|
|Genre||Children's literature, picture books, non-fiction|
Uma Krishnaswami is an author of picture books and novels for children, and a writing teacher. She is "recognized as a major voice in the expanding of international and multicultural young adult fiction and children's literature."
Uma Krishnaswami was born in 1956 in New Delhi, India. She received a degree in Political Science, and a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Delhi in India. In 1979, she and her husband moved to the United States where she received an additional graduate degree. They have one son  and live in Aztec, New Mexico.
Her first published story appeared in Children's World, a magazine published in India, when she was thirteen. Her stories and poems have been published in Cricket, Highlights and Cicada. Her books, which include picture books, collections of stories of India, non-fiction books and novels, are published in English, Spanish, Hindi, Tamil and six other languages.
Chachaji's Cup, one of Krishnaswami's picture books, was adapted into a musical and performed in several theaters in both New York City and California in 2010.
Krishnaswami was a founding co-director of the Bisti Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project in New Mexico. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and a nonresident member of The Children's Book Guild of Washington DC. She has taught writing to adults and children for years, and for over ten years she was the writer in residence at the Aztec Ruins National Monument. During that time she also taught writing classes online through Writers on the Net. She currently teaches in the MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.
- 1997 Scientific American Young Readers Award for The Broken Tusk: Stories of the Hindu God Ganesha
- 2005 Notable Book For a Global Society (International Reading Association) for Naming Maya
- 2013 Crossword Book Award (Children's Literature) for Book Uncle and Me
- 2011 Scholastic Asian Book Award for Book Uncle and Me
- The Grand Plan to Fix Everything (2011)
- Naming Maya (2004)
- Out of the Way! Out of the Way! (2010)
- Remembering Grandpa (2007)
- Bringing Asha Home (2006)
- The Closet Ghosts (2006)
- The Happiest Tree (2005)
- Monsoon (2003)
- Chachaji's Cup (2003)
Retold story collections
- The Broken Tusk: Stories of the Hindu God Ganesha (2006, 1996)
- Shower of Gold: Girls and Women in the Stories of India (1999)
- Stories of the Flood (1994)
- "The Gift," in Period Pieces (2003)
- "Going to Kashi," in Soul Searching (2002)
- Beyond the Field Trip : Teaching and Learning in Public Places (2002)
- Many Windows : Six Kids, Five Faiths, One Community. Written with Rukhsana Khan and Elisa Lynn Carbone (2008)
- "Uma Krishnaswami and International Imaginings." Journal of Children's Literature. Fall 2006. p 60-65. Frederick Luis Aldama.
- Acknowledgements in The Broken Tusk: Stories of the Hindu God Ganesha Broken Tusk, 2006
- "'Popular choice' ruled at book awards". Times of India. 7 December 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
- "Grand Prize Winner".
- Appelt, Kathi. "Uma Krishnaswami- 'Out of the Way! Out of the Way!' " Calloo Callay. Aug 1, 2010.
- Courtot, Marilyn. “Meet Authors and Illustrators Q&A with Uma Krishnaswami.” Children’s Literature, Independent Information and Reviews. 2009.
- Blevis, Mark. "Interview with Uma Krishnaswami." Just One More Book. Jan 1, 2007.
- Aldama, Frederick Luis. "Uma Krishnaswami and International Imaginings." Journal of Children's Literature. Fall 2006. Volume 32, issue 2. p 60-65.
- Pereira, Aline. “Interview with Uma Krishnaswami.” PaperTigers.org, A Pacific Rim Voices Project. May 2006.
- Leitich Smith, Cynthia. “Author Update: Uma Krishnaswami.” Cynsations. Sep 18 2005.
- Leitich Smith, Cynthia. “Interview with Children’s Book Author, Uma Krishnaswami.” Children’s and YA Literature Resources.
- Courtot, Marilyn. Meet Authors and Illustrators: Uma Krishnaswami. Children’s Literature, Independent Information and Reviews. 1999.
- Works by Uma Krishnaswami in libraries (WorldCat catalog) at http://worldcat.org/identities/lccn-n2001-147500
- Uma Krishnaswami's blog