“A fearless writer and performance storyteller with a big heart”, best describes Paro Anand who has been honoured with the Sahitya Akademi Bal Sahitya Puruskar Award, 2017 for her book, Wild Child, now published as Like Smoke with additional content. Recognized internationally and locally, including by President Kalam of India, she headed the National Centre for Children’s Literature, has interacted with over 3 lakh people, primarily, children in difficult circumstances, and runs a programme, Literature in Action. Her book, No Guns at my Son’s Funeral was on the IBBY Honor List and is translated into German and Spanish. The Little Bird who held the Sky up with his Feet was on 1001 Books to Read Before you Grow Up, an international gold standard of the world’s best children’s literature. BBC, Hindi, selected her on their 100 Women #100Women Project – A project highlighting the challenges and achievements of women in India.