Shifting Perspectives: Sheetal Sheth on Addressing Gender and Ethnic Bias in her First Children’s Book

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From SWAAY

May our littles always feel mighty,” writes Sheetal Sheth as the introductory dedication to her first children’s book, “Always Anjali.”

The picture book was a product of Sheth’s own findings, or lack thereof when she was pregnant with her first child. As she prepared to welcome her daughter into the world, an Indian-American, she searched for picture books that offered characters of culture, who would introduce her child to inclusivity at a young age. “I would go into the bookstore and see, ‘here’s the shelf of diversity,’” shares Sheth. “That’s the epitome of marginalization. Why isn’t that book, with the lead character who is someone of color, placed with all the others?”

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