Our Pod

Here at the Pod, we share thoughts and opinions about the growing need for diversity in
children’s literature. As we get rooted, we will feature stories about Mighty Girls and Gentle Warriors of Change. Please stay a while, and join the conversation.

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February 19, 2020

Self-Publishing Diverse Children’s Books: Lessons Learned [Part 2]

Do Lived Experiences Even Matter? A decade ago, when I launched Saffron Press, everything was an unknown. Self-publishing was frowned upon, it was seen as lesser-than. […]
February 17, 2020

Self-Publishing Diverse Children’s Books: Lessons Learned [Part 1]

As a classroom teacher of colour, it had been unwaveringly apparent that the limited access to diverse representation within standard curriculum, or from the shelves and […]
November 7, 2018

Human Connection – Bandi Chhor Divas

This has been a year of advocate voices rising. It’s been a time of people recognizing that change can only happen through action. We have been […]
August 2, 2018

Facing Hate and Discrimination While Wearing a Dastaar

Before venturing out on the very first printing of A Lion’s Mane, I had reached out to Waris Singh Ahluwalia. I did not anticipate a response […]
August 1, 2018

The Indie Community Advocating for Diverse Children’s Books

Years ago, when far fewer conversations were taking place around the need for diverse books, I took the necessary leap to launch a small independent Children’s […]
June 13, 2018

A Cartoonist Transforms into Diverse Superhero

When you are constantly labeled as the other, then education becomes one way to transform the situation. Believe me, it’s exhausting being part of a community […]
April 14, 2018

The Root of Our Truth

The most common narrative that is shared about Vaisakhi Day is a 300 year-old first-hand account from a person who was known as a spy. He […]
April 9, 2018

8 Ways to Include Vaisakhi in Classrooms

Culturally relevant (or responsive) education is about looking for ways to engage students in meaningful conversations and critical thinking by drawing on their own expertise. It […]
April 5, 2018

Could Heritage Months Scaffold Anti-bias Education?

We’ve been in the process of renovating our home and so, trips to tile shops and bathroom showrooms have kept us occupied. Just last weekend, we […]
February 8, 2018

Representation Matters

It is not often that I see culturally responsive materials promoted on social media that have Canadian sources. When I do find something, my immediate thought […]
December 31, 2017

Filling the Diversity Gap in Canadian Children’s Lit in 2018

When I reflect on what was happening in the world while I was writing the initial drafts of The Garden of Peace,I remember the rising hopes […]
April 20, 2017

When People See You, What Would You Like Them To Know?

ESPEJISMO – A Festival of Borrowed Reflections An installation of mirrored art, will line the floors of the Bekenstein Atrium of the Yale School of Management, […]