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Interview: Super Satya Saves the Day

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From KitaabWorld Raakhee Mirchandani is an award-winning writer and editor. She is also a relentless pediatric cancer crusader. Her work has appeared in Elle, Glamour, Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News, New York Post, Redbook and HuffPo. Previously a columnist at the NY Post and a Managing Editor at the New York Daily News, Raakhee is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Moneyish, published by Dow Jones. Super Satya Saves the Day is Raakhee's first book and is inspired by her own fiery four-year-old daughter Satya. Read More

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“Always Anjali” Author Sheetal Sheth Brings Protagonist Diversity To Children’s Literature

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From Like a Boss Girls Sheetal Sheth is an actress, activist, and the author of Always Anjali, a children’s book about a young Indian-American girl named Anjali who is bullied by other kids for being different, due in part to her unusual name. Always Anjali follows Anjali’s personal journey toward making peace with her unique identity; detailing the struggles and obstacles that Anjali is able to overcome in order to discover the power of celebrating her authentic self. In Sheth’s own words, “It’s really about a girl who has to embrace that being an individual is her superpower.” Sheth’s personal narrative bears notable similarities...

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BHARAT BABIES IS CHANGING THE WAY CHILDREN READ ABOUT COLOUR

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From Verve Five years ago when Sailaja Joshi was pregnant with her first child, she was surprised by the dearth of relevant and impactful books geared towards Indian-American children. A self-confessed bibliophile with a background in anthropology and sociology and a deep-rooted interest in studying the Indian diaspora, Joshi realised that there was a void in children’s literature about the experiences of Indian-American children. “In the American publishing world, there are five times as many books about dogs, trucks and little boys than there are about children of colour,” she says. “And, when you can’t see yourself reflected in books,...

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Kid Lit Titles ‘Always Anjali’ & ‘Meet Yasmin’ Teach Without the Preach For the Win

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From The Aerogram Books about inclusion and valuing difference have never been more important, but how do you get kids to absorb the good stuff when they’re unwilling to be overtly educated? Fortunately, many kidlit authors know how to inform and persuade without permitting a hint of didacticism to creep into their storytelling. Two such South Asian American authors are Sheetal Sheth and Saadia Faruqi, whose books both feature adorable second graders, Indian American and Pakistani American respectively, and whose books make their case for inclusion without ever resorting to platitudes or heavy-handed lessons. Always Anjali by actress-producer-author Sheetal Sheth is a lovely...

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Review: Always Anjali

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From Toka Box Always Anjali is a beautiful children's book about a 7-year-old who feels out of place in her environment. Anjali is 7 yrs old and is excited to get her new bike and take it to her school carnival with her friends Courtney and Mary. At the carnival, they decide to get name license plates for their bikes. But guess what! Courtney and Mary find their names pretty quick. There is Alex, Andrea, and even Angela but no Anjali.When a child named Zachary calls Anjali Peanut Butter An-Jelly and everyone laughs, Anjali is very upset and even demands that her parents change...

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