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Diversity in Children’s Literature 2: Sunflower Sisters, with Monika Singh Gangotra and Michaela Dias-Hayes

Sunflower Sisters is the first in a new, uplifting picture book series from Owlet Press by Monika Singh Gangotra, which centres around best friends Amrita and Kiki. While the story offers a window into the lived experiences of those affected by colourism, it also celebrates the joy of the two girls experiencing each other’s South Asian and Nigerian communities and traditions, in this case weddings. With the protection and empowerment from their mums, the sunflower sisters grow into strong independent young women who embrace and celebrate the colour of their dark brown skin and empower other women to do the same.

The book’s author and illustrator join Deirdre O’Byrne to talk about the book and the issues it addresses, and they will also touch on how picture book authors and illustrators work together.

The book will be published on July 1st – if you select the ticket type that includes a copy of the book (available in UK only) we will send your book to you as soon as copies are available to us.

Although this event is not aimed specifically at an audience of children and young people, they may well find it of interest.

Tickets: £3, £7.99 with a copy of Sunflower Sistersregister via Eventbrite.

Supported by Lottery funding from Arts Council England.

Thanks to Bounce Marketing, who helped us find publishers and authors to take part in this series, and to Owlet Press, who worked with us to find guests for this event.

This event will have BSL interpretation provided. PLEASE NOTE: because of the way Zoom works on an iPad, you will not be able to see the BSL interpretation during the talk if you’re using an iPad – please use an alternative device to view the webinar.