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The Perfect Children's Book on Facing Your Fears

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The Perfect Children's Book on Facing Your Fears
I am delighted to introduce my readers to Aruna Khanzada's Harrison Braves The Hilla beautifully illustrated book that teaches children the power of courage and hope through the anxious journey of the main character, Harrison the young chick. 

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40 Books from 2019 You Need to Read in 2020

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40 Books from 2019 You Need to Read in 2020

    Best Literature and Fiction Books of 2019  City of Girls (Fiction) by Elizabeth Gilbert City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert From the Eat, Pray, Love lady, comes this enticing book aptly titled City of Girls. A nostalgic tale of an older woman reminiscing her past, specifically her youthful time at the Lily Playhouse, a revue theatre owned by a her eccentric Aunt Peg. Dial back to the summer of 1940. A barely-adult Vivian Morris springs up in the Big Apple with nothing but a sewing machine and suitcase. She becomes a seamstress for the showgirls. When the talented English...

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Girl Power! - 50 Extraordinary Indian Women that Smashed Status Quo

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Girl Power! - 50 Extraordinary Indian Women that Smashed Status Quo

Whilst we've had many children's books narrating the lives of women across the world who've made exceptional marks on human history, there's been very few on women of colour - representation of the East has been missing, particularly the failure to represent young readers of colour whose roots stem from non-White heritage. Neha Hiranandani, a writer and self-proclaimed nomad of Indian origin, set out to serve justice to little Indian children around the world with her debut book, Girl Power! which has topped best seller lists in India and is now setting its sights on the UK and US.  Girl Power! is a tribute...

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Neha Hiranandani's 50 Indian Female Mavericks You've Never Heard About

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Neha Hiranandani's 50 Indian Female Mavericks You've Never Heard About

  After smashing all the bestseller lists in India with her debut book, Girl Power! author Neha Hiranandani is set to take on the rest of the world.  Girl Power! is the first book of its kind to celebrate 50 Indian women that achieved remarkable feats - it's the first children's book that represents Indian women in this light, adding diversity and hope to a dying all-white narrative.  I'm really excited about this book, not just because I'm Indian and a woman, but because it gives a voice to children of colour everywhere and acknowledges their identity through representation, offering inspiration...

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Imagine Me Stories!

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Imagine Me Stories!

After doing the rounds at the BBC, the Bookseller and the Voice-Online we finally got a chance to catch up with exciting mumpreneur, Keisha Ehigie, on a mission to gain representation for young readers of colour. Keisha Ehigie, a former city worker and mum of a three year old, launched an incredible book box subscription on realising the absence of characters of colour in children's books, finally putting these characters on the map. Diversity is trending and it's really exciting to see Keisha's project breaking barriers and enabling belated representation of young readers of colour. It's a much-needed step on the elusive road...

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