Over the last several months I have been checking out books set in India from our local library. It is important remember that we can open our children’s eyes to the world beyond their homes by simply reading a picture book. Diverse picture books allow children insight into a culture that has similarities and differences from their own. It gives them a chance to see themselves within the pages and to practice empathy. In the most recent events happening in the world with the Black Lives Matter movement, it is apparent that there is still so much learning and work to do to make equality a reality for so many different groups. I believe a major way we, as parents, caregivers, librarians, writers and bookstores owners can contribute to the kindness and acceptance of ALL is starting with teaching the children. Being a role model and practicing what we preach.
We are excited to share some titles with you that are set in India, in celebration of the upcoming new release, published by Cardinal Rule Press, written by Anita Amin and illustrated by Parwinder Singh, Raja’s Pet Camel! Preorder the book today and have a message of HOPE in your home or store this fall for children to enjoy!
– Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-Ji by Farhana Zia
– Thread of Love by Kabir Sehgal and Surishtha Sehgal
– Chachaji’s Cup by Uma Krishnaswami
– The Boy Who Grew a Forest by Sophia Gholz
– Mina vs. The Monsoon by Rukhsanna Guidroz
– Manjhi Moves a Mountain by Nancy Churnin
– The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk by Kabir Sehgal and Surishtha Sehgal
– Festival of Colors by Kabir Sehgal and Surishtha Sehgal
– Priya Dreams of Marigolds & Masala by Meenal Patel
– Feast of Peas by Kashmira Sheth
– Lali’s Feather by Farhana Zia
– Grandmother School by Rina Singh
– Desert Girl, Monsoon Boy by Tara Dairman
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