Lavanya Karthik is an award winning author and illustrator of picture books and middle grade novels. Her books have been nominated for the Neev Book Awards, the Jarul Book Awards and the Hindu Young World -Goodbooks Awards.’ Ninja Nani and the Mad Mummy Mixup’, part of her bestselling Ninja Nani series of middle grade novels, won a Peekabook Childrens’ Choice Award in 2018, while ‘Neel on Wheels’ won the Children First Award. She was also the recipient of the first Vani Foundation Fellowship for Childrens’ Books for her illustration work. Her books have been translated into several Indian languages, as well as Mandarin, Korean and Nepali.