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For immigrant parents raising kids in different places than where we grew up, parenting can be challenging. The balance between authentic expression of who we are, and the context of our children is often difficult. Books present a gateway. Children’s book author, Meera Sriram talks about books celebrating our differences and adding context.

Meera talked to us about her own parenting experiences that led her to be curious about the representation she saw in books. She also talks about incidental representation where books are not just about stereotypes, but truly showcase the diversity in the everydayness.

We discussed a lot about Meera’s own books, but also the new work she is excited about. She talked about the beautiful art being created by the diaspora which is now finding space in our books. It’s a wonderful time to be reading new books celebrating our differences.

This season of Kitabi Qisse has had in-depth conversations with writers, publishers, and creatives. We hope you are enjoying it. We have a few more episodes and will be restarting the series in fall.

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About Meera Sriram

Meera Sriram is an Indian American children’s writer who draws from her life straddling the East and West to tell stories. She is the author of several picture books including the multi-award winner, A GIFT FOR AMMA, DUMPLING DAY, featured in The New York Times, and A GARDEN IN MY HANDS. Her forthcoming title, THE SPICE BOX, releases in Spring 2024.