Help us get our books in front of teachers

I hope you have had a great summer!

When you’re a kid, the summer days stretch out endlessly. You have all the time in the world to play outside, watch countless summer blockbusters, and hang around at the pool. As a mom and business owner, however, Summer (yes, with a capital “S”) is a marathon!

Suhani and I have been working tirelessly behind the scenes, merging our two companies, Modern Marigold Books and Yali Books, under our eponymous parent company, Sambasivan & Parikh. Surfacing from rounds of paperwork, we have to remind ourselves to focus on our primary job: Marketing our beautiful books.

Our overarching goal is to bring our books and the underrepresented stories they tell into classrooms and place powerful learning tools in the hands of educators, librarians, families, and community advocates. Gaining visibility in the school and library market is essential to our mission, and we constantly seek opportunities to network with teachers and librarians.

In 2022, we successfully exhibited at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference. This year, we are aiming to showcase our titles at the 103rd National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference in December. A big motivator for us: Lioness of Punjab will be honored at the conference as a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, an honor awarded by NCSS and the Children’s Book Council🎉

The NCSS Annual Conference is a fantastic opportunity. However, as a small business with limited capital, the cost of exhibiting takes away from the resources we need for production. We are asking for your help to mitigate our travel, tabling, and shipping costs.

Please consider supporting our crowdfunding campaign and sharing this far and wide. Your contribution will help bring more authentic, culturally relevant teaching resources into classrooms nationwide, helping children see themselves and the world in fresh and empowering ways. 

With gratitude,


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