The Samosa Rebellion

English MG Politics Oppression Racism Internment Rebellion SEL Activism Government Surveillance Immigration Shanthi Sekaran summary Did I pick up this book expecting a great read? Sure did. Did I expect it to blow my mind in the way that it did? Absolutely not. I love it when that happens. 12 year old narrator Muki lives…

Dancing in Thatha’s Footsteps

English & Tamil 4+ Dance Gender Stereotypes Intergenerational Stories Family Srividhya Venkat & Kavita Ramchandran summary Ya’ll know gender stereotypes are real high up on my list of things that are the bane of my existence and fuel my ever-burning feminist rage that sits deep inside my soul. Dancing in Thatha’s Footsteps follows Varun and…

A Gift for Amma: Market Day in India

English 4-8 years Own Voices Chennai, India Family Gifts Meera Sriram & Mariona Cabassa Summary: This book is so bright and cheery, it’s a joy to read! The narrator is a young girl on her way to the colorful market nearby to buy a present for her Amma, and there are so many choices! Wandering…

Ritu Weds Chandni

Written & Illustrated by: Ameya Narvankar For Ages: 4 years and up Language: English & Hindi (with glossary in back) Topics Covered: LGBTQ Rights, Marriage Equality, Family, Love, Protest, Homophobia, Violence. Summary: This book…this book is so meaningful to the LGBTQ community, and specifically the South Asian LGBTQ community. Our main character Ayesha’s cousin Ritu…

Shubh Diwali!

Written by: Chitra Soundar Illustrated by: Charlene Chua For ages: 3-5 years Language: English & some Hindi (more is in the Diwali information after the story) Topics Covered: Culture & Traditions, Celebration, Global Community, Hindu, Religion, India, Indian Culture, POC-Centric Narratives. Summary: Shubh Diwali is a short rhyming book introducing Diwali and the celebrations that accompany the 5 day festival.  The plot follows…

Sadiq Wants to Stitch

Written By: Mamta Nainy Illustrated by: Niloufer Wadia For Ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Gender Roles, Stereotypes, Indian Cultures, Bakarwal, Kashmir, India, Family. Summary: Sadiq is a young boy who lives with his Ammi in the Kashmir valley. They are part of the nomadic Bakarwal community, known for herding goats and sheep as…

Lali’s Feather

Written By: Farhana Zia Illustrated by: Stephanie Fizer-Coleman For Ages: 4-8 years Language: English, some Hindi Topics Covered: Nature, Social-Emotional Learning, Observation Skills, Girls Outdoors, Friendship. Summary: Lali’s Feather is a sweet story that follows a young girl Lali while she tries to find the owner of a little feather. When Lali approaches different birds…

The Boy Who Dreamed of Infinity

Written By: Amy Alznauer Illustrated by: Daniel Miyares For ages: 5-9 years Language: English, some Tamil Topics Covered: History, Historical Figures, Mathematics, Own Voices, STEM, India, Trailblazers. Summary: This story tells the early life of mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, who changed mathematics and science globally in the early 1900’s. Ramanujan was a child known for asking big and abstract…

The Boy Who Dreamed of Infinity

Written by: Amy Alznauer Illustrated by: Daniel Miyares For ages: 5-9 years Language: English, some Tamil Topics Covered: History, Historical Figures, Mathematics, Own Voices, STEM, India, Trailblazers. Summary: This story tells the early life of mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, who changed mathematics and science globally in the early 1900’s. Ramanujan was a child known for asking big and abstract questions, and…

American as Paneer Pie [released June 9th 2020]

Written by: Supriya Kelkar Cover Art by: Abigail Dela Cruz For ages: YA Middle Grades and up Language: English  Topics Covered: Racism, Indian Culture, Indian-American Families, Growing Up, Fitting In, Own Voices, Immigration. Summary:  11 year old Lekha just wants to fit into her Detroit suburb, to not be teased for being Desi and having a birthmark (right where bindis are…