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One of the most frequently asked questions we get is to recommend children’s books with South-Asian characters. So, today, we decided to share a little list of Scholastic books for kids for perfect spring reads. This is also a part of our mission to promote South-Asian authors. These are creators who are making our world more inclusive, one story at a time.

Before you ask, this is not a partnership with Scholastic, but they usually do create many diverse books. So, we chose to take some reads from their catalog! 🙂

5 Scholastic Books for Kids with South-Asian Characters

  1. The Aru Shah Series by Roshani Chokshi – This book follows the adventures of 12-year-old Aru as she saves the world. The themes draw from Hindu mythology and are easy-breezy reads.
  2.  The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani – A historical fiction following the journey of 12-year-old Nisha. You read along as as her family experiences the Indian partition in 1947.
  3.  Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed – The story is about a young Pakistani girl, Amal who dreams of becoming a teacher. She is forced into a job to pay off her family’s debt. But her dreams do not die!
  4.  Rickshaw Girl by Mitali Perkins – A story about a young Bangladeshi girl, Naima who wants to help her family financially. She becomes a rickshaw driver. Trouble is, this is a job that is mostly reserved for men.
  5.  The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh by Supriya Kelkar – A book celebrating Harpreet. This is a young boy who expresses himself through his colorful turbans.

And if you’re looking at adding more diverse books to your bookshelves this year, we have more. Don’t forget to pre-order a couple of our new books at the Peerbagh bookstore. We also cover #onedesibook in our weekly Instagram postings that you can follow through here.

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