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Ishita's Kids and YA Recommendations

Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781645672579
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Page Street Kids - May 25th, 2021

This book has such a special place in my heart because it features the first ever character in a book that I share a name with - Ishita. The sheer wonder of finally having a book in the world that features the tropes of a fake relationship but the twist of having it be between two queer Bengali girls is something that I never thought I would get to experience. Author Adiba Jaigirdar writes with such livelihood that the characters absolutely leap off the page. A brilliant YA contemporary romance in all sorts of ways!


Hair Twins Cover Image
By Raakhee Mirchandani, Holly Hatam (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316495301
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 4th, 2021

An adorable picture book that is perfect for celebrating diversity and strong family relationships. This book is full of body positive messages about hair and uplifting father-daughter relationships in Sikh households as we are introduced to the traditional bun style of their culture. Loved it!


Counting Down with You Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781335209979
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Inkyard Press - May 4th, 2021

Fake dating! Frank discussions on mental health! The cultural taboos around interracial relationships in South Asian communities! Tashie Bhuiyan's debut COUNTING DOWN WITH YOU is a delight, filled with humor, heart, and hijinks (the perfect trio of H words in books!). Karina is a sweet, reserved Bangladeshi girl with an anxiety disorder who starts tutoring her school's resident bad boy Ace....and ends up roped into a fake dating scheme. Follow her as she tries to balance her anxiety, her parental reservations about her future path, and her growing infatuation with her fake boyfriend. Adorable and charming from beginning to end!


Sing Me Forgotten Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781335147943
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Inkyard Press - March 9th, 2021

The Phantom of the Opera is here, inside this book! Jessica Olson has taken the classic story of the Phantom and revitalized it completely in SING ME FORGOTTEN, a gender bent magical retelling. Told from the viewpoint of her "Phantom" Isda, this story dives into the morality of whether evil is born or bred. The romance between Isda and the janitor Emeric is rife with sparks, and the music fills the pages so fully that you can almost hear the notes in your head. I loved every second of reading it!


Laxmi's Mooch Cover Image
By Shelly Anand, Nabi H. Ali (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984815651
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Kokila - March 2nd, 2021

Hair! We all have it, and not just on our heads. LAXMI'S MOOCH is an adorable, body positive celebration. Laxmi, a young girl, is self conscious of the hairs on her upper lip. Luckily, her parents help her see that her "mooch," (which means mustache in Hindi) is something to be proud of! Debut author Shelly Anand's writing is bright and sparkly, and Nabi Ali brings the story to life with fun, playful drawings. An absolute delight of a book.