Nandana Dev Sen

Nandana Dev Sen is a children’s author, a child-rights activist and an award-winning actor. Her books - Mambi and the Forest Fire, Kangaroo Kisses and Not Yet! - have been translated into 13 languages across the world. Kangaroo Kisses was selected by 320+ nurseries in the U.K. as a "Book of Excellence" (Letterbox Library), while Mambi the spunky monkey, a bestseller in India, is now the heroine of a Puffin India series. Nandana lives in New York, London and Kolkata, and has starred in over twenty feature films from four continents. After studying literature at Harvard and filmmaking at U.S.C., Nandana worked as a book editor, a screenwriter, a poetry translator, a script doctor, an advocate for child protection, and as Princess Jasmine in Disneyland.

Nandana has worked with kids since her school days, and loves to find new ways of sharing her stories with children. Her popular interactive storytelling sessions have been loved by over 15,000 children across the world - from international lit fests like Hay, Jaipur, and Imagine, to schools in London, Boston, or Delhi; from independent bookstores in the U.S. to orphanages across Asia; from play-spaces for special-needs kids, to children's hospitals in Tbilisi or Mumbai. As an ambassador and an advocate, Nandana works with children (and grown-ups) at RAHI, Operation Smile and UNICEF to fight against child abuse. She loves to eat, play, bike, dance, rhyme, and argue. Do visit her online at



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