Raashi's Rakhis: A New Celebration of Raksha Bandhan

by Sheetal Sheth (Author) Lucia Soto (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Celebrate Raksha Bandhan in a totally new way!

Little Raashi is ready to update this popular South Asian festival with her idea that both boys and girls get to trade rakhi bracelets.

Raksha Bandhan is Raashi's favorite festival! Every year, her family comes together to dance, eat, and celebrate! Most importantly, siblings give out rakhis--beautiful handmade bracelets meant to provide protection in all of their adventures.

But rakhis are traditionally only given to boys! Raashi doesn't like that. . . . Why don't girls receive rakhis too? Why do some people think that only boys go out into the world? Now it's up to Raashi to inspire the change she imagines.

Sheetal Sheth, award-winning actress and author of the Anjali series, delivers another empowering story of a young girl bold enough to start her own traditions and blaze a trail toward inclusivity.

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A stilted attempt to put a twist on a time-honored tradition, elevated by charming visuals.
Sheetal Sheth
Sheetal Sheth is an award-winning actress, producer, author, and activist. She is also the author of the Always Anjali picture-book series and Making Happy. She is known for her provocative performances in a wide range of film and TV roles and for being a fierce advocate of traditionally marginalized communities. She is one of the founders of the nonprofit For the Love of Reading, served in AmeriCorps, and is currently on the board of SAYA and the advisory board of Equality Now. She has had op-eds published on CNN, The Daily Beast, Parents.com, and Thrive Global. Although she was told she'd have to change her name to work, her successful career has trailblazed paths for other women of color across media. Visit her at sheetalsheth.com.

Lucia Soto was born in Spain and is now based in London. She aims her brushes at giving voice to the stories we all need to hear, creating powerful characters with relatable families and strong communities, and surrounding them with colorful worlds lit with the Mediterranean light of her childhood. Visit her at luciasoto.com.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication date
July 09, 2024
BISAC categories
JUV011020 - Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States - Asian American
JUV013070 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Siblings
JUV017080 - Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Other, Non-Religious
Library of Congress categories
Picture books
Manners and customs

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