TRANS* & Nonbinary

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The Boy and the Bindi

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by Vivek Shraya (she/her),
illustrated by Rajni Perera (she/her)
Trans* & Nonbinary Lending Library -The Boy and the Bindi by Vivek Shraya (she/her) illustrated by Rajni Perera (she/her) book cover

In this beautiful children’s picture book by Vivek Shraya, author of the acclaimed God Loves Hair, a five-year-old South Asian boy becomes fascinated with his mother’s bindi, the red dot commonly worn by Hindu women to indicate the point at which creation begins, and wishes to have one of his own. Rather than chastise her son, she agrees to it, and teaches him about its cultural significance, allowing the boy to discover the magic of the bindi, which in turn gives him permission to be more fully himself.

Beautifully illustrated by Rajni Perera, The Boy & the Bindi is a joyful celebration of gender and cultural difference.

Vivek Shraya is a writer, musician, performer, and filmmaker. Her body of work includes twelve albums, four short films, and four books which include God Loves HairShe of the Mountains, and even this page is white. She has read and performed at shows, festivals, and post-secondary institutions internationally. She lives in Toronto.

Rajni Perera is a Sri Lankan-born artist whose internationally showcased work floats between Western and immigrant culture. She lives in Toronto.

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