In The Yellow Suitcase by Meera Sriram, Asha travels with her parents from America to India to mourn her grandmother’s passing. Asha’s grief and anger are compounded by the empty yellow suitcase usually reserved for gifts to and from Grandma, but when she discovers a gift left behind just for her, Asha realizes that the memory of her grandmother will live on inside her, no matter where she lives.
When my first child was born, more than a decade ago, we enjoyed reading together many wonderful books on a wide range of themes. We turned to board books and picture books for everything – milestones, holidays, travel, first experiences, gifts, and early learning. However, something was missing in them. People and experiences like our own. Children like my own.
For years, I went on a deliberate hunt to discover and read stories with protagonists of color, families…
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