Shelly Anand’s first children’s book, Laxmi’s Mooch, was featured in Jambo Book Boxes in April 2021 for our 5-6 year old subscribers.

We were lucky enough to meet up with Shelly for a reading of her book and for an extended interview where she discusses her inspiration for Laxmi’s Mooch, her upcoming book and tips for aspiring authors.


Author of Laxmi’s Mooch

From Shelly’s website:

I was born and (mostly) raised in Georgia by immigrant parents from India. I am a civil and human rights attorney fighting for immigrants and workers from marginalized communities. I live with my husband and two super kewt, super badmaash kids, who don’t put up with any bakwaas. No pets because my husband and son are allergic to everything.  

My debut children’s book, Laxmi’s Mooch, comes out in Spring 2021 and is inspired by my own experiences growing up and having a mooch that other kids noticed. I hope kids (and adults) reading the book can celebrate their mooches and body hair! Writing Laxmi and bringing her to life would not have been possible with out the love of support of my family and my amazing agent and friend Saba Sulaiman.

Learn more about Shelly at her website: www.shellyanand.com