A is for Alok

by Julia Salo-Mani

$810 Raised
  • Created 9/25/18
  • Children’s Books
  • Madison, NJ

If you haven’t noticed yet, minority people groups and languages are still highly passed over in the world of children’s literature. We need more multicultural representation and inclusion! 

I was pregnant with my first born in remote India when it occurred to me- I have NO BOOKS! Frantically searching (before my delivery) for books that would represent my cross-cultural family dynamic was fruitless. There weren’t any bilingual nursery rhymes I could find either! As a parent and International School teacher I want my children and students to be able to relate to the characters and languages in the books they read. So far the selection has been so limited-I’ve taken it upon myself to start writing my own books! Even if they don’t become best-sellers, that’s fine by me. My goal foremost is that my family will have resources, as well as my close friends and community that desire the same products. However I will still plan on DREAMING BIG! We live in a global community that is hungry for the same thing-we want our children to be reflected in the stories that they read. And when you read a story in your heart language as well as your head language (for all those polyglots out there) you are moved to inspiration! Let’s promote literacy and a lifelong love of learning for these young hearts.


“Aaja Alok!” is the first book of a 3-part Hinglish series. The Hindi/English book series introduces you to the loveable little boy who lives in two different worlds. Being Indian and American, makes Life a masala (spicy) adventure!

You don’t need to know Hindi to read this book, but you will learn some fun words along the way!

Support our journey in bringing more inclusion and diversity to kid’s literature!



Founder of Himani Readers, Julia Salo-Mani has been a teacher for the past 15 years specializing in early childhood development and supporting a Montessori lifestyle. She has visited, volunteered and served as a cross-cultural humanitarian in 10 countries. Her travels have fueled her passion to promote early literacy and peace education.

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Be the first to get your hands on Alok's debut book! Autographed book plate by the author will only be found in these editions. Shipping and handling included.

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Receive a signed 1st Edition Book of "Ajaa Alok." These copies will be the only autographed books sold. You will also receive a signed illustrated print of our little hero! A perfect gift to frame and hang in a child's room. Shipping and handling included.

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Receive 4 early release autographed copies of the book-great to give as gifts! Plus you will receive an illustrated signed print as well as an #A4Alok Tote Bag. Shipping and Handling included.

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Our Elite supporters will receive an early release of 10 autographed copies- in perfect time for the holidays! You will also receive 10 #A4Alok Tote Bags to haul your books around. We are excited to also offer a Personalized Caricature Drawing of a person of your choosing, illustrated by our talented artist Dewi. Shipping and Handling included.

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Our Icons will not only receive a case of 10 autographed book copies, but 10 fabulous #A4Alok Tote Bags to complete the gift set. Of course you will also receive the Personalized Caricature Drawing of a person of your choosing from our talented illustrator. NOW DRUM ROLL PLEASE>>>>The amazing Grand Prize will be a custom made Alok plush toy doll! Your special little one will cherish it while snuggling up to read along with Alok's adventures. Thank you for making our Dream a Reality!

Julia Salo-Mani

Sneak Peak Video!

October 17, 2018, 4:19 am

Nearing the finish line!

October 3, 2018, 1:38 pm

Illustrations are halfway done!

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