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Books

That are a catalyst of change.
That celebrate the father-son relationship.
That nudge children to be free of gender norms.

Introducing books for children age 7-14. Coming out in 2022.

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Books
That question gender norms.
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For children age 7-14. Coming out in 2022.

Rajat

Editor's Note

I can’t think of a better medium than children’s books to nourish young minds. Great children’s books are artifacts of wisdom, that cuts across all lines of division that adulthood mandates us on erecting, and speak to us the deepest, most eternal truths about what it means to live a meaningful, beautiful life. Although written with children in mind, these books speak to all of us, to the inner child we often neglect under the pretense of adulthood.

I grew up with limited access to good children’s books. But even a brief encounter offered me a refuge and an education that I feel eternally grateful for. Learning via children books is one of the most cherished memories I hold of my childhood and I sincerely believe in recreating this magic for others.

Gender norms stifle human creativity. Just as I have tried to change that for girls with projects like Menstrupedia and She Can You Can in the past, Boyish children’s books is my attempt to change that for boys. Our approach to achieve gender equality needs to be inclusive of boys, and I hope these books provide the tools to achieve that.

To all the young children and the little child inside grown-ups!

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Zardozi
Zardozi
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Zardozi

The story of 11 year old Zi, who is learning to indulge in his curiosity for Zardozi, an intricate embroidery work.

Zardozi is a story that questions our gender norms. Come learn about Zi’s tale.

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16 people have pre-ordered this book.
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Kishore Ashore
Kishore Ashore
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Kishore Ashore

A tale of father-son relationship, Kishore Ashore explores a new form of fatherhood that has always been present with us but rarely presented in books.

Come along on this fishing trip with 9yr old Kishore and his dad.

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16 people have pre-ordered this book.
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Made By Raffi
Made By Raffi
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Made By Raffi

Raffi feels different from the other children at school – he doesn’t like noisy games, and sometimes he gets teased. But when Raffi discovers knitting and sewing, everything changes....

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16 people have pre-ordered this book.
FAQs
  • Is this a trilogy? Why 3 books?
    It is not a trilogy. The 3 books are distinct and unrelated from a storytelling standpoint but they all address gender norms and masculinity issues that impact boys. I decided to do 3 books because any more would not be possible creatively for me as an individual.
  • Can I pre-order individual books?
    Unfortunately not at this point. By shipping books as a set, I can make a case for shipping costs. Shipping individual copies is too much work at the moment for me. Also, they make an excellent gift as a set.
  • When will the books come out?
    I plan to ship them in time for Fathers Day June 19, 2022.
  • I have additional questions. How can I reach out?
    Please write to me at rajat@boyish.in
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