God Loves Hair

A seemingly unconnected collection of beautifully written vignettes, tells the true story of a young Indian teen trying to find his place in the world. Shraya writes with intense honesty and insight about the cutting pain of not only being of a different race and religion, but also discovering that he is gay. Readers will be amazed by the author’s strength and resilience. (Grades 7 and up)

Iqbal and His Ingenious Idea

What would it be like to use a broken umbrella to win a school science fair? Watch Iqbal help his family find a way to cook their food without using an open fire at their home in Bangladesh. Hear the monsoon rain, the wind, and baby Rupa’s cough from breathing the smoke from the fire. Use the glossary and the do-it-yourself activity, too! (Grades 3-7)

Burying the Moon

Latika’s village lacks proper sanitation facilities for women, and they are forced to silently tread to the field every night to relieve themselves. Fearful of scorpions, snakes and harmful germs, and dreading leaving school once she menstruates, Latika gathers courage to approach a government agent to change this shameful problem. (Grades 4-7)

Razia’s Ray of Hope One Girl’s Dream of an Education

Razia dreams of getting an education, but in her small village in Afghanistan, girls haven’t been allowed to attend school for many years. When a new girls’ school opens in the village, a determined Razia must convince her father and oldest brother that educating her would be best for her, their family and their community. Based on the true stories of the students of the Zabuli Education Center for Girls just outside of Kabul. (Grades 3-8).