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Books

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

Introducing books for boys age 8-14. Coming out in 2022.

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Books
To change masculine gender norms.
For boys age 8-14. Coming out in 2022.

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 education that I feel eternally grateful for. Learning about ideas via such 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 raising boys in India needs a paradigm shift, and I hope these books provide the tools to cultivate that.

To all the young boys and the little boy inside grown-ups.

Rajat
Maker - Boyish
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.


200 people have pre-ordered this book.
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.


200 people have pre-ordered this book.
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....


200 people have pre-ordered this book.
F.A.Qs
  • 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?
    Sometime around April 2022.