Meet the Author: Uma Krishnaswami on Bringing Asha Home

Multi-award-winning children’s book author, and writer Uma Krishnaswami has written on a variety of topics, spoken to audiences across North America and Asia, and has had her books translated into 11 languages. In our interview, we asked Uma specifically about her book, Bringing Asha Home, a book, primarily about an interracial couple and their biracial…

Book Review: The Open-Hearted Way To Open Adoption by Lori Holden with Crystal Hass

If you are an adoptive parent like me, chances are you have stumbled on Lori’s essays on Adoptive Families magazine, read her advice columns on Open Adoption, or checked her blog at some point. [perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Adoption creates a split between a child’s biology and biography. Openness is an effective way…

Diwali Books for Kids

One of the biggest festivals of Hindus, Diwali, is coming up later this month on the 19th. Every year around this time, I look for Diwali-related books to read to my kids. Last year, I read 7 different books to my son, in both English, and bilingually, in English and Hindi but they all left…

Book Review – Swing Time by Zadie Smith

Swing Time: A Novel by Zadie Smith I am often nervous to read wildly famous books. I fear I have to spend a lot of time explaining myself, if I find I did not enjoy the book. This is based on the assumption that everyone I meet is eager to hear me talk at length…

11 Radical Children’s Books for Social Justice Parenting

Writers of children’s books are challenging narratives of normativity while demonstrating that children can grasp issues such as economic inequality, LGBT relationships (obviously – many children being LGBT themselves), and racial solidarity. The 11 radical children’s books for social justice parenting presented below will support this observation.  This is also, of course, an issue of…

You’re Welcome, Universe

You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner Synopsis: When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural. Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with…

Beautiful Rainbow World

The 78 pages of this photography book are just as beautiful as the cover. Every page features little boys and girls from different countries, some of them in their traditional clothes.

Le Repas

Le repas (the meal, in French) is a French baby book exploring different types of meals throughout the day, featuring a mixed race family of four. The book goes through breakfast, lunch, tea, setting the table, dinner, and cleaning the table. Each double page explores one of the above themes. The page on the left…

Touch and Feel Birthday

This is a sturdy and efficient touch-and-feel image book centered around the theme of birthdays.   On four double pages, we see kids opening presents, playing with toys and balloons, wearing party hats, and eating cake. The birthday presents are shimmering, the wheels of the truck are bumpy, the crown is shiny, and the cake…