On Belonging and Becoming…A Special Essay

When you are the only one or even just part of the minority, you have to develop self-confidence and a strong voice in order to survive and thrive amid the stereotypes and negative connotations with which you are confronted.

Book Review: Pachinko

This book tackles lots of issues specific to the situation of Zainichi, but I had the feeling that many people born from foreign parents in a third country could understand and identify as well.

A Wrinkle in Time – Why this Movie Matters So Much

Frederick Douglass once said, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”  I have thought about this statement a lot lately as we witness children leading a movement to create a better and safer world for themselves and for all of us.  But how do we build strong children?

The Boy Who Asked Why: Book Review

‘The Boy Who Asked Why’ is the extraordinary story of  an exceptionally, extraordinary man: Bhimrao Ambedkar or Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar.

There’s Somebody in My Room: Book Review

What could possibly go wrong when you leave a child with a vivid imagination all alone in his bedroom at night? Apparently a lot can happen before sleep finally takes over that active brain :). In this fun book, a 6-year-old boy is in bed at night, evidently in preparation for bedtime. However, curiosity, an…

Achtung Baby: Interview with Author, Sara Zaske

Continuing our discussion on What is Wrong with “American” Parenting? Insights into and Lessons from Danish and German Parenting, we present an exclusive interview with Sara Zaske who’s book, Achtung Baby: An American Mom on the German Art of Raising Self-Reliant Children released earlier this month.

The Danish Way of Parenting: Book Review

The authors literally take parents to task by employing P A R E N T as an acronym to explain the Danes’ secret to happy parenting. P is for Play, A is for Authenticity, R is for Reframing, E is for Empathy, N is for No Ultimatums, and T is for Togetherness and Hygge (Coziness).

Ahni and her Dancing Secret: Book Review

Mainstream books where the main characters simply happen to be of color, matter-of-factly, send powerful messages to their readers. It is extremely empowering for young readers of color to see the lead character in a book look like them.

Arrivals, Departures and the Adventures In-Between: Book Excerpt

My world was turned upside down when my father announced that we were moving to the United States. Dad, who was born on a U.S. military base in Germany and spent part of his childhood on installations in France, worked for the U.S. Air Force, and my family’s military heritage which included my grandfather who…

A World of Cookies for Santa: Book Review

In ‘A World of Cookies for Santa,’ readers get to read about how Santa (and how he is known as in different parts of the world) is welcomed with numerous delicious treats.

Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother

This book is a collection of real stories of Chinese mothers who abandoned their little girls. It aims at giving these abandoned children, some of whom were later adopted by foreign families, a chance to understand why their birth parents took the hard decision to abandon them. As China went through so much turmoil in…

Book Review: Bringing Asha Home

Bringing Asha Home by Uma Krishnaswami.  Illustrations by Jamel Akib I am not an adoptive mother or child. Yet, there is something about this book that instantaneously connects with me. So much so, that every time I read it to my son, I cannot do so with getting emotional. Premise: An interracial couple made up of…