Picture book about discovering your roots wins State Literary Awards 2023

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Nadishka Aloysius (left) with Dilmi Amarasinghe

‘Ayash grows a family tree’ by Nadishka Aloysius received the much-coveted award for the Best Children’s Book at the recently concluded State Literary Awards 2023.

This is the fifth nomination for the author whose publication ‘That Easter Sunday’ won previously in 2021. This charming picture book is about a five-year-old boy named Ayash who has a small problem. How does he grow a family tree? Help arrives in the form of his grandmother, Paatti, who, armed with a box of old photographs, gently guides the eager little boy while teaching him about his roots. This is a humorous and endearing tale that will entertain while encouraging young listeners and adults to explore who they are.

The book is illustrated and designed by Dilmi Amarasinghe and includes activities for use at school or at home. Priced Rs. 1,200 it is available at bookshops and gift stores countrywide.

Nadishka Aloysius is a teacher of nearly 25 years’ experience, stage actor, and award-winning author who works to share her love of literature with the world. She is a firm believer that representation matters and strives to showcase Sri Lankan life in her work. She writes for both children and adults, and conducts creative writing workshops and school visits to celebrate Sri Lankan culture and wildlife.