Visions: Malathi at the LA Times Festival of Books, 2009
"As the population of biracial and multiracial chidlren continues to grow, we must have literature that grows with them as well, books like Romina's Rangoli."-MultiCultural Review
Malathi Michelle Iyengar is a first grade teacher working in a dual-language public school program in Southern California. She grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina, and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Malathi lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband, Ryan, and their daughter Sanjana.
Jennifer Wanardi is a freelance illustrator / designer who was born and currently lives in Jakarta, Indonesia. She graduated from the Illustration department of California College of the Arts in San Francisco in 2006. Ever since her early days, Jennifer has always been interested in fairy tales and children’s stories. Much of her artistic inspiration comes from Japanese-style comic books (manga) and animated films (anime) and other artists as well.
Shen’s Books is a publisher of multicultural children’s literature that emphasizes cultural diversity and tolerance, with a focus on introducing children to the cultures of Asia.
Through books, we can share a world a stories, building greater understanding and tolerance within our increasingly diverse communities as well as throughout our continuously shrinking globe.