Neha Rawat

Neha Rawat is a children’s book author-illustrator from India who loves stories that explore emotions, relationships, humor, culture, and diversity.

Her debut author-illustrator picture book GHUNGROOS FOR GAURI will hit the shelves in 2026 by Candlewick Press. Her other forthcoming illustrated books are ZUNI AND THE MEMORY JAR (Kokila, June 2024), and WHAT COLOR IS THE BABY? (Candlewick Press, Spring 2025). Her previous works include MASALA CHAI, FAST AND SLOW (Candlewick Press, 2023), BUDDHA AND THE ROSE (A Junior Library Guild selection, Running Press, 2022), and THE TOTALLY NOT WICKED STEPMOTHER (HarperCollins, 2022) among others.

Neha has been a grand prize winner of the SCBWI Portfolio Showcase and continues to hone her craft through courses such as SVS Learn, Children’s Book Pro, Storyteller Academy, etc.

As a digital artist, Neha loves playing with light, color, and texture. Her illustrations have a strong emphasis on character, composition, and mood.

When not creating, Neha is found cuddling dogs, doing yoga, playing board games, and being close to nature.

She is interested in working on picture books, chapter books (color/B&W), and book covers.

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