Draw along with Sandhya Prabhat


Tuesday 16th February, 3pm

Streamed live on both Kirklees Libraries YouTube channel and Facebook page

Join acclaimed artist Sandhya Prabhat, illustrator of the picture book I Am Brown, an exuberant celebration of the skin you’re in! “ I am brown / I am perfect” declares a child in the book’s opening pages, and she and a chorus of other voices join to share how they play, what they wear, where they pray, and what kind of grownups they aspire to become. Prabhat’s cheerful, colorful illustrations echo Banker’s joyful prose to create a radiant affirmation that will speak to all children. Watch Prabhat introduce readers to their book in this creative session and get a behind-the-scenes look at its creation!


This session is ideal for KS1, but by weaving in themes of cultural diversity and identity, it easily crosses over into KS2 and beyond. If you’re a teacher who’d like to get involved with your class, drop us an email so we can give you a shout out! lal@kirklees.gov.uk



About I am Brown

I am brown. I am beautiful. I am perfect. I designed this computer. I ran this race. I won this prize. I wrote this book.

A joyful celebration of the skin you’re in – of being brown, of being amazing, of being you!

Teach Early Years awards Finalist
BookTrust Best Books Guide 2020
A Guardian Children’s Book of the Month

‘An empowering book for all children to read and a beautiful reminder about self-love, dreaming big, culture and self-acceptance.’ – Here Wee Read

‘A note-perfect hymn about acceptance, pride and belonging’ – The Observer

‘A total joy to behold. The gorgeous illustrations and story provide a positive mantra for all children of any ethnicity and background – with the central message that you can be anything you want to be, don’t hold yourself back. Highly recommended.’          – Emily Drabble, BookTrust


About Sandhya Prabhat

Sandhya Prabhat is an independent animator and illustrator from India. She holds an MFA in Animation and Digital Arts from NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia, and a Bachelor’s in Literature from Stella Maris College. Sandhya has published nearly a dozen picture books, and also animates videos, designs e-stickers and illustrates book covers. Her latest book is I Am Brown, written by acclaimed, bestselling writer Ashok Banker, a picture book with an “upbeat and uplifting” message about “the normalcy and joy of being brown” (Kirkus Reviews).


Watch this adventure here: