“Hey! That’s you and me every morning!”

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Sketch from Fauja Singh Keeps Going

By Simran Jeet Singh | UNITED STATES |

When my 3-year-old daughter first saw this image from our new book, Fauja Singh Keeps Going, she squealed with joy: “Hey! That’s you and me every morning!” My heart melted. I had dreamed of this moment my whole life. This is what we mean when we say that representation matters.

Seeing people she loved as positive characters in a picture book confirmed for me what I had felt growing up. Representation also matters for marginalized folks because it can counter the negative messages all around us.

At a time when hate has been normalized and our children are susceptible to its toxicity, I can’t put explain how it feels to offer a story that instills compassion and understanding for those who seem most different from us.

[Text adapted from Simran Jeet Singh’s social media posting. The book is available here

 

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