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Bright Light Books – Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing

Illustrated by Michelle Pereira

As a second-generation migrant, 6-year-old Shreya’s life tilts between her life at home and the outside world.

While her love for family lifts her up, her spirits plummet at the stares and whispers that her amma’s sari attracts. Searching for balance, Shreya asks questions about her culture. But despite the beautiful stories her mother shares, Shreya’s internal and external struggle continues. 

It isn’t until her amma’s sari saves her from being lost in a crowd that Shreya comes to find pride in her difference.

Amma’s Sari is a powerful reflection on connection with family, the acceptance of difference, and the celebration of cultural heritage. Perfect for ages 3 and up.

Scroll down for Amma’s Sari book reviews. 



Bright Light Books – Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing

Illustrated by Michelle Pereira

When no amount of shrinking, folding or crumpling works, he simply settles for Zim – but deep down, it doesn’t feel right. It’s not until a new friend sees him for who he truly is that Zimdalamashkermishkada finds the confidence to step boldly into his long name.

A warm and uplifting story that encourages young readers to celebrate their individuality, and shows how no-one should ever have to shrink themselves down to fit in. For ages 4 and up.

Themes: Diversity & Inclusion, Acceptance, Friendship.

Scroll down to see snippets from book reviews for The Boy Who Tried to Shrink His Name. 

Teachers’s notes and classroom activities can be found here.

U.S. release in Fall, 2022 by Abrams Books.



My twisted fairy tale – ANTS ON SACCHARIDES –  is one of the many stories in this awesome anthology.

All proceeds go to the Life’s Little Treasures Foundation supporting families of premature and sick babies. Click on the green button to buy now!

Book Reviews –

The Boy Who Tried to Shrink His Name

KIDS’ BOOK REVIEW – DIMITY POWELL The Boy Who Tried To Shrink His Name is a delicious juxtaposition of acceptance, assimilation and self-awareness that is the perfect fit for classroom and bedroom reading. And don’t worry about the pronunciation! Both text and pictures will give you all the confidence you need to embrace Zimdalamashkermishkada, as well.” Read the full review here

YOUR KIDS NEXT READMEGAN DALEY  “The absolute message of this story is the message that we do not have to shrink anything about ourselves for anyone else. It may seem like lots of picture books explore themes of self-identity but ‘The Boy Who Tried to Shrink His Name’ nails it in a way that is authentic, unique and will absolutely connect with the intended audience – from maybe 5 to…well I reckon it’s ageless!” Listen to the podcast here.

STORYLINKSMIA MACROSSAN “A charming and thought-provoking story. This timely and sensitively written story will amuse young children and give them some understanding and sympathy for those blessed with a wonderful but possibly difficult name.” Read the full review here.


@byronbiblio – I feel like the luckiest reader in Australia, because I get to be one of the first people to read this outstanding picture book ~ a Tikki Tikki Tembo for the modern age.

@littlelibraryowl – This is a perfect book for cultivating empathy, kindness, and acceptance, and would make a brilliant addition to school and library shelves everywhere! The story will be sure to spark important conversations about character and diversity, and is one to treasure.

@loveforlearning – The use of literary devices such as metaphor, personification and onomatopoeia make it a wonderful mentor text for use in a classroom.💚 Yet it’s the clever storyline that truly won me over. 

@bookieboobox – Similar to the likes of The Name Jar, The Boy Who Tried to Shrink his Name is simply lovely. From the inclusive message to the swoon-worthy colour palette, a new favourite for us.

@mightymuslimheroes – This book poetically shows children (and adults) that our names are parts of our identity and with practice they can be mastered to make us feel whole. That we can stand proud and expand our chests with pride.

@inda_binda – Sandhya’s imagery is exciting and at the same time very touching, as it brings Zimdalamashkermishkada’s worries to life in such a charming way. Michelle’s visual narration and her fabulous colour palette is simply inspired. Her illustrations carry the story masterfully from start to finish.

@itsalibrarianlife – This is such a beautiful story written by @sandhya_librarybagbooks A story about identity, belonging, diversity and inclusion, friendship, courage and being yourself.

@fletch_writes  – This is a book about racial diversity, acceptance and also not shrinking yourself or your personality to fit in. 

@apsarabaldovino – This is a book with captures my heart and felt it was written for me. Having an unusual Indian name growing up in the 80’s led me to try and shrink my name down… If only I had read this growing up! Thank you @sandhya_librarybagbooks

@michellewanasunderaauthor – We loved this story, sweet and funny but I love how he keeps true to his name rather than shortening it. A super important message.

@milo_reads – One from our library book haul this week – and such a great one at that! I absolutely loved this story. ~ What a sweet story about individuality and not trying to being anybody else.

@motherworkshard – I’ve found a perfect encouraging and uplifting book to help the reclamation of names. Readers, adults and kids alike can find pride in individuality. It’s also great for those who want to widen their perspectives. 

@mind_superheroes – We love that this book encourages readers to be themselves and to take the time to practise pronouncing people’s names correctly. Even if they’re in an unfamiliar language. 


Amma’s Sari

STORYLINKSMIA MACROSSANAmma’s Sari has one of the pinkest covers I’ve seen and it is absolutely gorgeous. The colours are  delicate and attractive, perfectly complementing this sensitively told tale of love and acceptance, the whole notable for its careful nuance and delicacy of feeling. I am sure it will appeal to a wide readership.” Read the full review here