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Our student reporter, Taesung Tao shares his pick of South-Asian children’s books for Women’s Day today. We have more books curated for kids in our March Maker Box. Along with the book recommendations, Maker Box members can attend a FREE StoryTime. This March, we have a story time celebrating South-Asian women.

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Now for the books, we recommend, here is the list!

  1. Beautifully Me: A book about women learning to love their bodies by Nabella Noor and Nabi H. Ali, ages 2 and up. A Bangladeshi girl named Zubi notices her mother worrying about being “too big,” and Zubi points out that everyone should embrace their authentic selves. This picture book teaches young girls that everyone is beautiful, despite their differences
  2. The Katha Chest: A book about heritage and looking up to bold women by Radhiah Chowdhury and Lavanya Naidu, ages 4 and up. Asiya rummages through Nanu’s chest and learns about all the brilliant, brave women from her family. This picture book reminds girls that their contributions are important, and they can learn a lot from the women in their lives. 
  3. Stories for South Asian Supergirls: A collection of short stories about inspirational South Asian women by Raj Kaur Khaira, ages 5 and up. This book describes well-known entertainers such as Jameela Jamil and Mindy Kaling, as well as lesser known figures such as the British Muslim spy, Noor Inayat Khan. This celebratory book gives South Asian girls a list of role models to empower and uplift them. 
  4. Rickshaw Girl: A novel about a talented painter named Naima by Mitali Perkins, ages 8 to 11. Naima excels at painting alpana patterns, which is a tradition for Bangladeshi women and girls to paint on their houses for special celebrations. Yet, she wants to do more to help her family. This juvenile fiction novel follows a brave girl as she proves she can excel past society’s expectations for her. 
  5. Markswoman: A novel about a highly trained sisterhood of elite warriors by Rati Mehrotra, ages 14 to 18. Kyra is the youngest Markswoman in the Order of Kali. Although she pledges allegiance to the sisterhood, she secretly harbors a desire to avenge her dead family. This book follows Kyra as she journeys through the wilderness and tries to unfurl the mysteries of her world. This young adult fiction novel explores a fantastical realm in which most warriors are women. 

With our Maker Box, we are shipping Shetal Shah’s book, Shakti Girls where is a book in rhyme. It talks about South-Asian women from across different fields that Shetal has highlighted in a wonderful picture book for kids.

Which books do you like? Do share your recommendations with us!