Perfect Picture Book Friday: AMERICAN DESI Plus Critique Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends. I absolutely LOVE today’s featured book. The text is empowering and the illustrations are fabulous. There is action and discovery on every page. And guess what! There is a Picture Book Critique up for grabs, thanks to generous author Jyoti! Please make sure you leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway – and sharing this post on your social media will earn you extra tickets in the giveaway hat.

AMERICAN DESI

Written by Jyoti Rajan Gopal

Illustrated by Supriya Kelkar

Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Ages: 4-8

Themes: Bicultural families, embracing diversity, self-awareness

Synopsis: From Amazon:
For fans of Eyes That Kiss in the Corners, this poetic story filled with expressive art empowers South Asian children living in the United States and celebrates being bicultural.

Pavadais in bright gold colors
Jersey shirts and faded jeans
Swapping, changing, feeling seen…
Which is the color of me?


A young girl longs to know where she fits in: Is she American? Or is she Indian? Does she have to pick or can she be both? With bright, joyful rhyme, and paired with an immersive art style using American and Indian fabrics, American Desi celebrates the experiences of young children growing up first and second generation Indian American: straddling the two cultural worlds they belong to, embracing all they love of both worlds and refusing to be limited by either.

This story is a powerful tribute to the joy of being South Asian and for every reader who aspires to bridge their worlds with grace, grit, and confidence.

Why I Love This Book:
1. Lovely lyrical text invites the child reader and listener on a joyful journey of celebration as the main character examines and embraces everything about herself.
2. A wonderful mirror for children with bicultural identities and/or those who are straddling identities as well as a window for all children to learn more about the beauty and strength of South Asian culture.
3. Glorious illustrations vividly portray the joy and strength of the main character and her family.

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Photo courtesy: https://artsycraftsymom.com/painting-a-simple-madhubani-fish-in-12-steps/

For details on how to make this beautiful Madhubani Fish: https://artsycraftsymom.com/painting-a-simple-madhubani-fish-in-12-steps/

Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered in the Critique Giveaway. AMERICAN DESI launches June 21st!!!! Please remember that the best way to help your favorite books become a success is to buy them, review them, tell friends about them, and ask your local library to purchase copies for their collection.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Happy Book Birthday: SOME DADDIES Plus PB Critique Giveaway

I always have a smile on my face when a new book launches! It’s kind of like a baby shower, right? And today we are singing happy birthday to a very special book baby, written by the lovely Carol Gordon Ekster and illustrated by Javiera Maclean Alvarez and published by Beaming Books! And guess what? Carol is offering a PB CRITIQUE as a giveaway! Make sure you read the end of the blog post to check out how to enter for a chance to win.

Here’s a little bit about the book from the Amazon sales page:
Every daddy is different–and that makes them even more special!

“Some daddies teach you about the world. Others attend tea parties. Some help turn blankets into forts. Others hold you steady while you pedal.”

This rollicking showcase of daddies celebrates the incredible diversity of modern fathers. The inclusive cast of characters–including a two-dad family, a single dad, and a stay-at-home dad–highlights the bond between daddy and child as they play, learn, comfort, and laugh their way through everyday life. This open-hearted ode to fatherhood will give readers new appreciation for how their own fathers and father-figures shine in their own unique ways.

Some Daddies is the perfect gift for a new dad, Father’s Day, or any occasion for parents and educators to read with their kids. Carol Gordon Ekster’s playful text is illustrated with the quirky, colorful artwork of Javiera Maclean Alvarez, making this picture book a wonderful read-aloud.

I’m so in love with the amazing diversity of the illustrations – and the text is so much fun that kids will want to hear this story over and over.

And the lovely Carol was kind enough to stop by with a few words about a challenge she encountered on the path to publication for this book – get your box of tissues ready, folks:
CAROL: I know many authors have challenges along the way…it was delayed a year because of covid, and it was dedicated to my elderly dad, so I was disappointed when it was delayed because his health was declining. He passed away in 2021 and did not get to see the book, but he did know about the deal. He was SOME daddy! 

ME: Oh dear…I am so sorry to hear that you weren’t able to put a copy of the book into his hands, Carol. But I’m glad he knew about the deal…and you are celebrating his life with this story! What a tribute!

And here is a lovely trailer for the book:

The book is available in bookstores TODAY!!!! And remember – the way to support your favorite books and ensure that publishers will keep creating ones just like them is to:
* Buy them
* Review them
* Ask local libraries to purchase copies for their collection
*Tell friends about them

And just a note about something coming up tomorrow…I’ll be chatting on #ReadYourWorld Instagram Live at 3pm ET…I hope some of you will tune in – and hopefully I’ll figure out how to connect!

I hope you all have a wonderful week! Please make sure to leave a comment and then share this post on Twitter or Facebook or any other social media to be entered in the giveaway…and, and if you tag a friend or two or three, you will get extra tickets in the giveaway hat!

Happy Book Birthday: TOFU TAKES TIME

There must be something in the air that is providing authors and illustrators with great ideas! Here’s another beautiful book that launches TODAY!

Written by Helen Wu – Illustrated by Julie Jarema – Published by Beaming Books
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