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Janaki Sooriyarachchi is a very versatile author-illustrator in Sri Lanka, who started writing in her early childhood. She wrote her first book, a ballad, when she was 8 years old and her first book was published at the age of 14. Since then, she has authored over 175 story books for children.

The illustrations, computer graphics, as well as the music & lyrics for her children's song books, have also been done by the author herself. 
Though she started her career as a banker in a private bank, she continued her hobbies in art and literature.

The ancestral home in the beautiful village, Puhulwella, where she spent her childhood with her maternal grandparents, was the breeding ground to Janaki Sooriyarachchi.

The house on top of a hill bounded by a huge garden edged by a paddy field on one side, and a rubber estate on another side, with the view of “Puhul Ella” the waterfall that gave it's name to the village, and the stream flowing beside the paddy field, was a Fairyland to her.

Being the only girl in the family, she felt lonely most of the time. Playing with her two brothers in their games such as climbing trees, playing cricket or sword fighting, didn’t fascinate her. Therefore she wandered around the garden looking for bees, birds and butterflies, sometimes sneaking behind them like a little butterfly and some times exploring and observing them like a little scientist.

Whenever she felt lonely, she sat on the stone steps in the rear side of the house gazing at the paddy fields and the waterfall. Ever since she could utter, she whispered songs, and ever since she could walk she drew on the wall and got scolded, most of the time. Nobody guessed that the little scribbler could have been a budding artist. No one guessed that among her whisperings there could be seeds of literature, that would win awards someday.

Being a child who loved to observe nature, she created her own stories, songs, in her own rhythm, looking at the flowers, trees paddy-field and waterfall, and murmured to herself and sometimes to the birds and butterflies, in the garden. In the night, she gazed at the night sky wondering about the stars and moon, hoping to become an astronomer oneday.

She picked up things fast and seeing her reading out her father's and grandfathers books and newspapers in her own language, her grandmother, who was a teacher, thought of giving her lessons on alphabet even before she was barely 2 years old.

Not only she was skilled in fine-art but also was clever in her school work. Her parents were very happy and proud of her versatility but were worried about her passion in art and literature. Therefore her mother and father did not encourage her in art, fearing that her endless enthusiasm might ruin her academic success.

However, commencing her path in literature she came up with her 1st story book at a very young age, without having the slightest idea about becoming an author.

Growing up, she entered Visakha Vidyalaya, passing her Grade 5 scholarship examination with high marks. She kept on her writing and drawing, but not many knew about her talents other than her closest friends. Being a very shy student in school she never talked about her works.

Soon after the Advanced Level she began her career as a Banker and completed the Professional Banking Examinations within a short period.

Her passion for exploring in various fields, inspired her to study in various subjects including child psychology, architecture, history, classical music & dancing, music composing, poetry (Sinhala Kavi), computer, web designing, wood carving, sculpture, landscaping, palmistry.

Much earlier in life, her grandmother inspired her to learn the household arts, such as Cookery, gardening, Flower Arrangements, Beautyculture, Dress making and Embroidery, Dress Designing, Pottery and Fabric Painting etc...



General Information:
She received………… “State Literary Awards-2007” (Children's Literature-English)
Ministry of Cultural Affairs of Sri Lanka. “Bunka Awards -2005”
Japan - Sri Lanka Cultural Foundation “State Literary Awards-2004” (Children's Literature-Sinhala)
Ministry of Cultural Affairs of Sri Lanka. “State Literary Awards-2004” (Children's Literature-English)
Ministry of Cultural Affairs of Sri Lanka.
 
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The Ugly Princess

By: Janaki Sooriyarachchi

A king and his queen have everything they could want in life except children. A magician grants them their wish of a child but on the condition that they only do good deeds. However, an unkind act to a poor urchin leads the magician to place a curse on the couple causing their daughter to be born extremely ugly. The girl grows up very saddened by her appearance. Her life is full of unhappiness until one day she discovers a prince who has also been the victim of a bad spell.

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The Magic Soup

By: Janaki Sooriyarachchi

Vegetables, utensils and pots come together to make a magical and healthy soup for hungry Johney.

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My Bodyguard

By: Janaki Sooriyarachchi

A little boy takes care of and becomes good friends with a dog he names Yappy. Yappy is a true friend and protects the little boy from danger.

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Mermellissa

By: Janaki Sooriyarachchi

Mermellissa is an orphan who is not loved by the family she lives with. Though she always tries to please them, they never even hug her. On her birthday, Mermellissa is feeling very sad until she meets a sea monster who gives her a wonderful present - friendship.

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Hop Jo-Jo Hop

By: Janaki Sooriyarachchi

They laughed at little Jo-Jo, because he couldn't hop the way they could.

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Daffodeelia

By: Janaki Sooriyarachchi

Daffodeelia was a pretty little fairy. She was as pretty as the prettiest wildflower. Her hair was golden color, and her eyes were the deepest blue. She was always very happy and lively, and her smile was like a beautiful rainbow. Wherever she went, her merry laugh could be heard. Daffodeelia’s favorite hobby, was painting flowers. She had a lovely little paint bucket and a magical paintbrush. When she dipped the brush into the paint bucket and touched the flowers with j...

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Candleena

By: Janaki Sooriyarachchi

Far above the clouds, stars, moon and sun, was fairyland. It was a magnificent place filled with exotic flowers of rainbow colors, snow-dusted mountains, sapphire lakes, and trees greener than green itself. Of course, there were many fairies too, dazzling the exquisite land as far, and farther than eyes can see. The loveliest fairy in the fairyland, was Eleena. She had a little brother whom she loved very much. He was her best friend and companion. Wherever she went, her brother accompanied her.

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Buhuki

By: Janaki Sooriyarachchi

Another delightful children’s story by this author. This one tells of a little monkey who spends his days eating fruit and befriending the local children. One day he steals a Peni waraka fruit away from a murder of crows. As they give chase our hero ends up covered in cotton wool (presumably a native crop). He is then mistaken for a ghost by the villagers and by his own troop of monkeys. In the end his mother recognises his voice and he is reunited with his family. So th...

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The Witch's Daughter

By: Janaki Sooriyarachchi
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The Flying Train

By: Janaki Sooriyarachchi

One night, a flying train takes Jimmy and Nelly on an adventure to outer space. Was it all just a dream?

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The Giant Mushroom

By: Janaki Sooriyarachchi
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Emirosy

By: Janaki Sooriyarachchi

Emirosy is not as new as her owner's other dolls. Because she does not have a nice dress, she is not invited to the dolls dance. Find out what happens when a fairy comes to help Emirosy's dreams come true.

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Twinklinka

By: Janaki Sooriyarachchi

It is a story about a beautiful doll named Twinklinka and her journey from a toy shop to finding a loving owner.

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Who's the Prettiest

By: Janaki Sooriyarachchi
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It's Amma's Birthday Tomorrow

By: Janaki Sooriyarachchi

The story of a little girl named Nikini who tries to find the prefect gift for her mother on her birthday. Read the book to find out what she gives her mother.

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Finbo

By: Janaki Sooriyarachchi

Finbo the whale is sad because he cannot play hide and seek with his friends - he is too big to hide! His mother tells him not to be ashamed of his differences. Finbo and his friends soon learn to appreciate Finbo's size when they get into danger and Finbo saves the day.

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