Created by Shoumi Sen and woven in poetry and color, ‘From The Toddler Diaries’ is a series of children's books on Indian culture & mythology.
Shoumi is a Strategy, Sales and Marketing professional at a leading global energy management company and currently lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband and 3 year old daughter. Her childhood in Paris, Bombay and Dubai provided her with opportunities to appreciate how Indians preserve their cultural connectedness even while living abroad.
In the words of Maria Adcock - "Passing down heritage from one generation to the next is a natural desire for parents. This may prove more challenging if the dominant environment which children are immersed in differs from the culture the parent seeks to promote. One traditional way parents have passed down their heritage is through story telling.
Shoumi Sen, a mother of Asian Indian descent, decided to write her own stories to teach her daughter about her culture. She created “From The Toddler Diaries” which started as a collection of poems she wrote for her daughter and shared with other children. Inspired by interest from kids and encouraged by their parents, she decided to publish the collection."
Her widely acclaimed book ‘Celebrate Durga Puja With Me!’ portrays the culture and celebration of Durga Puja as experienced by 3 year old Riya. The book has a pronounced Bengali connection, but is universal to Durga Puja celebrations across several communities.
This is her first published book and has provided inspiration for other authors. ‘I am happy that this could mean there is more literature available to our kids in an environment where diverse books are still hard to come by.’
Celebrate Durga Puja With Me! (From The Toddler Diaries)
Durga Puja is here! What does it mean to a child? New clothes, laughing with friends, yummy food and being immersed in a colorful cultural experience. Step into this book and share in Riya's excitement as you watch this festival come alive!
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Celebrate Holi With Me! (From The Toddler Diaries)
Holi, the Festival of Colors is here, marking the arrival of Spring! Step into this book and watch Riya and her friends immerse everyone in a spectacular carnival of colors, while learning the story of Prahlad and why we celebrate Holi! This book is part of the series From The Toddler Diaries, a series of illustrated books which celebrates the spectrum of Indian festivals as experienced by a toddler. Presented in poetry and color, 'From The Toddler Diaries' is designed to drape parents and children in vivid hues of India's cultural fabric. The inspiration behind this collection comes from an appreciation of a child's clarity in perception, which becomes magical because of its simplicity.
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