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!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.