Castaway Mountain: Love and Loss Among the Wastepickers of Mumbai

English & Marathi YA & Up Indian Culture & Identity Waste Non-fiction Saumya Roy summary Castaway Mountain is an extremely detailed book that follows 4 families living on the outskirts of Mumbai, making a scant living by picking through the refuse that’s trucked in infinitely from the city. It’s a fascinating combination of a look…

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…

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…

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…

The Boy Who Grew A Forest

Written by: Sophia Gholz Illustrated by: Kayla Harren For ages: 4 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Environmental Activism, Nature, Historical Figure, Trailblazer, POC-Centric Narratives, Global Community, India, Natural World, Growing Up, Hard Work, Community Involvement, Independent Thought.  Summary: The next intention we are taking into 2020 is Environmental Conscientiousness.  We’re always looking for ways to reduce our single-use plastics, recycle…