Black Hair, Dark Skin: Exploring the Non-European Roots of Rapunzel

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At the beginning of the year, Kavya was utterly distraught she didn’t have "yellow hair" like Rapunzel from Disney's Tangled, and that most of her favourite characters didn’t look like her. This realization did not actually revolve around hair color: … [READ MORE]

Review: Essays on Fatherhood by Novelists (When I First Held You, edited by Brian Gresko)

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Full Disclosure: I received a review copy of this anthology.  The months before Kavya arrived were spent in a haze of baby books, mostly about the biological effects of pregnancy, as well as some great motherhood memoirs. Books marketed for Dads … [READ MORE]

Support #DadsRead and #WeNeedDiverseBooks Because Reading to Your Kids is Fun!

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I was at our local park in Jersey City with Kavya and Shaiyar the other day and saw a dad with his laptop open sitting on the bench, his eyes fully engaged with whatever was on his computer screen. His daughter was about seven, and she would run up … [READ MORE]

Join the #WeNeedDiverseBooks Twitter Party and Stay For VONA’s Anthology #Dismantle Launch Party!

We Need Diverse Books Because I'm Way Too Cute Not To Be The Protagonist.

I'll just come out with it: Young Adult and Middle Grade authors are total badasses when it comes to rocking social media, especially on twitter. They don't just join in conversations, they make conversations happen, and know what they're doing with … [READ MORE]

Non-Token Diversity in Storytelling: CAKE Literary to the Rescue! The Revolution Has Begun.

The CAKE Literary team hard at work.

Growing up in England during the 1980s, where blatant racism was perfectly normal, sucked, but at least I knew where I stood. Institutionalized racism is confusing -- and Kavya was all of three when she felt the isolating pain that only … [READ MORE]