Lovely Multicultural Reads

I am such a huge fan of the Bharat Babies books. They feature diverse characters, introduce different cultures and challenge gender roles.

Padmini is Powerful* by Amy Maranville is a board book that is perfect for babies. Each page introduces a different Hindu god and highlights an attribute of the god that Padmini possesses. She is generous and kind like Lakshmi and she creates like Brahma. The comparisons are supported by the bright and colorful illustrations, making the connections easy for the reader to see. I love that Padmini’s character transcends gender stereotypes, from her appearance to her interests.

Sarla in the Sky* by Anjali Joshi is an inspirational early readers about Sarla Thakral, the first Indian woman to earn her piloting license in 1936. Sarla dreams of flying from an early age. She imagines herself as a bird, a kite and even a butterfly in hopes of one day sailing in the wind. The odds are stacked against her, and many people told her that flying planes was not for women.

The illustrations by Lisa Kurt have a dream-like quality to them with simple backgrounds of clouds and landscapes which places the focus on the characters themselves.

Sarla remains focused on her goal of flying and overcomes a series of obstacles in order to achieve her dream. Sarla in the Sky teaches the importance of not giving up in a beautiful way. Like Padmini is Powerful, it tackles gender stereotypes in a way that empowers girls to pursue interests and careers that have been traditionally identified as being for boys. 

Click here to purchase a copy of Padmini is Powerful and Sarla in the Sky (affiliate links).

*I received a complimentary copy of Padmini is Powerful and Sarla in the Sky in exchange for my honest review.


9 thoughts on “Lovely Multicultural Reads

  1. These look awesome! I love the idea of introducing kids to other cultures from the beginning. They are sponges when they are so young! I have just been learning about the Hindu gods as I get deeper into yoga and this looks like a great way to introduce them to my daughter!

  2. These sound like great books! I have been trying to build a multicultural book collection for my son. Even though he can’t read them yet, I look forward to us learning from them together!

  3. This is SO awesome! thank you so much for this. We have spanish books for our daughter – because I had only thought about it in regard to language. I had never thought about introducing her to other cultures via books – thank you !

  4. These sound like great books. I need to add more multicultural books to my list of books for my day care and for the kids. I’ll have to add these to my list.

  5. Those both look so amazing. I love multicultural books for my little guy. I want him to learn more than just what we are about, I want him to know how every culture is!

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