Loved doing this podcast with Susan McCabe
Here are some excerpts:
Gita Varadarajan, author, My Bindi:
“A story like My Bindi is universal to all kids. ‘Hey, show your authentic self, and be proud of all parts of you….’ When you love yourself, the world will see the beauty in you.”
“As an immigrant, myself, I know firsthand what it feels like to leave your home and move to a new country. It can make you feel lost and unrooted and lonely in so many ways, that you bring little things with you that remind you of home.”
“When we think of Asian Americans, I don’t think we acknowledge the vastness and the breadth of the Asian diaspora and the complexities of the histories of the people and the countries of origin.”
“My hope is that the AAPI community will become more involved in mainstream conversations in America and that our voices and ideas are taken into account as we define who is American.”
Loved chatting with Kia Heise of Mackin and two wonderful Asian American authors; Debbie Michiko Florence and Wendy Wan-Long Shang on the AAPI experience and writing stories with AAPI characters. Give this a listen.
This was so fun. As Sarah made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and I made saag paneer and kachumber, we talked about the making of Save Me a Seat.
The Power of Story Telling
By Gita Varadarajan
Aug 22, 2022
Inviting Children into the World of Books
by Gita Varadarajan
GLLI- Global Literature in Libraries Initiative
Sept 9, 2022
Staying in Touch with Their Inner Tween- An interview with Karen Yingling- School Library Journal
May 17, 2016
Watch this incredible video from the awesome Book Boys
Looking for a resource guide to teach this book, this one created by the Rhode Island Center for the book is a great one.
...It opens the door for kids to share cultural traditions of their own in a welcoming setting. Have a sharing day, or have students write about a family tradition.