WINNER! MANJHI MOVES A MOUNTAIN is the winner of the 2018 South Asia Book Award, which will be presented at the 2018 NCTE in Houston in November! Manjhi was published Sept. 1, 2017 by Creston Books with fabulous watercolor illustrations by Danny Popovici. To complement this true story about a man in India who moved a mountain for love, using only a hammer, chisel and his own persistence, check out the page called 'Move Your Own Mountain,' where we celebrate kids to share stories of something they've done to make things better in their school and community. The goal is for the kids to inspire each other and make the kindness spread.

MANJHI had a busy November! Nancy presented MANJHI MOVES A MOUNTAIN at the New York City Librarians conference at CitiField in Queens Nov. 6, at the Louisiana Book Festival in Baton Rouge, LA Nov. 10 and received the 2018 South Asia Book Award, along with illustrator Danny Popovici, during the National Council for Teachers of English in Houston Nov. 16.


WINNER: 2018 South Asia Book Award for grades Pre-K to 4

2019 Little Free Libraries Action Book Club selection by Children’s Book Council

Junior Library Guild Selection

Eureka Honor Book

Ezra Jack Keats Award Finalist

Children's & Teen Choice Book Awards Finalist

ILA-CBC Children's Choices List

NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Selection 2018

 To be translated into Braille by the National Braille Press

To be translated by the non-profit charity, Room to Read, into multiple languages for children in Asia and Africa.

Check out and share the free Manjhi Moves a Mountain Curriculum Guide. It addresses the book's themes, teaches simple words in Hindi and gives a delicious recipe for roti.

Letter from a parent to Maria Sweet, librarian, at West Rockill Elementary in Sellersville, PA., following a Skype presentation on MANJHI MOVES A MOUNTAIN:

Hi Mrs. Sweet,

I want to let you know how much of an impact this book made on Charlotte. She told us all the story, and all about Skyping with the author. My husband ordered her the book on Amazon, and it arrived today. She has read it aloud to each of us in the family already.

Thank you so much for choosing such an impactful book for the kids. One that teaches them about so many important issues: poverty, persistence, and helping others. Thank you also for arranging the Skype with the author, which made it all the more interesting and real for Charlotte.

Keep up your amazing work for our kids! 

MOVE YOUR OWN MOUNTAIN: Join children from all over in showing ways in you are moving mountains by making a positive difference in your school and community.. Share a photo and details that we can post here.


"A man moved a mountain – how is that even possible? I flipped the pages of Nancy Churnin’s children’s book, Manjhi Moves a Mountain with a sense of disbelief. Disbelief soon turned to awe as I learnt about Manjhi and his mountain."

--Nirupama, India Currents

“Manjhi’s story is an excellent reminder of the power of one person to change the world and bring communities together.”
— Clare Doornbus, Diesel Bookstore

“Manjhi inspires children to persevere despite challenges. Using a well-known Indian story, Nancy Churnin gives children valuable insight into another culture in a manner that promotes tolerance and cultural awareness.”
— Rachel Ball-Phillips, Southern Methodist University

"This true life story of an Indian sage who became revered and known as the Mountain Man is inspiring and moving to young readers age 5 and up. Beautiful earth-toned illustrations depict the mighty work of Manjhi and the awe and respect of his village friends. "Manjhi Moves a Mountain" is a true modern treasure and wisdom life story."

— MidWest Book Review

"Churnin’s prose has an elegance appropriate for her inspiring tale, which is based on a true story. Popovich’s double-page illustrations use a warm palette and are nicely composed. Heartening. (Picture book. 5-8)"

-- Kirkus Reviews

 "An author’s note provides more information about Dashrath Manjhi (1934-2007), the inspiration for this tale, and encourages kids to move their own “mountain” and find a way “to make things better in your community” (a link to share their efforts with other readers is included). Filled with heart and hopefulness, this uplifting tale shows youngsters that one person can make a difference."

--School Library Journal, "The Power of Possibility: Dreamers Who Changed the World"

"Author Nancy Churnin, the theater critic for The Dallas Morning News, and illustrator Danny Popovici inject new life into the late Dashrath Manjhi’s story. In Bihar, Manjhi single-handedly chiseled his way through a mountain—because it had prevented his injured wife from reaching the hospital on time. This superhuman feat, which helped his village gain better access to amenities, took the Mountain Man 22 years."

--Murali Kamma, Khabar Magazine