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Nancy Paulsen Books A Garland of Henna Nancy Paulsen Books A Garland of Henna

A Garland of Henna

By Varsha Bajaj


Publication Date: June 11, 2024

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Ages 3 to 7, Grades P to 2

Nikita’s family takes pride in creating beautiful henna art, and she’s ready to try her hand at it—but it’s harder than it looks!

Nikita is part of a long line of henna artists. Her grandmother even brought a treasured notebook of designs with her to the US when she moved here from India. But the first time Nikita tries to make henna art, the mehndi paste looks like an ugly blob, and she feels like giving up. Still, she continues watching her mother and grandmother make gardens bloom on hands and is intrigued by the beauty of it all. Will she find the courage to try again?            

New York Times bestsellint author Varsha Bajaj’s poetic text and Archana Sreenivasan’s dynamic illustrations perfectly capture Nikita’s frustration, then pride, as she takes part in a beautiful family tradition.

About the Author

Varsha Bajaj ( is the author of the middle grade novels Thirst (a New York Times bestseller and Global Read Aloud selection), Count Me In, and Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood. She also wrote the picture books The Home Builders (an Imagination Library selection, 2020–2024) and This Is Our Baby, Born Today (a Bank Street Best Book). She grew up in Mumbai, India, and when she came to the United States to obtain her master’s degree, her adjustment to the country was aided by her awareness of the culture through books. She lives in Houston, Texas.

Author Residence: Houston, Texas

Author Hometown: Mumbai, India

Archana Sreenivasan ( is an illustrator based in Bangalore, India. Her books with starred reviews include Desert Girl, Monsoon Boy by Tara Dairman and the award-winning Seven Golden Rings by Rajani LaRocca. In 2023, she debuted as author-illustrator with her board book India on a Plate! She studied animation film design at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, and participated in a summer residency at the School of Visual Arts in New York, where she studied illustration.

Illustrator Residence:Bangalore, India

Format: Hardcover Picture Book

Length: 32 pages

Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books

Publication Date: June 11, 2024

ISBN: 9780593325117

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