KitaabWorld is an independent online bookstore focused on the discovery and distribution of South Asian childrens' books, toys and games. It was launched in the fall of 2016 by its founders, Gauri Manglik and Sadaf Siddique, who are passionate about making South Asian children’s literature more accessible and easily available in the US.
In many languages, the word ‘Kitaab’ means book - our mission is to connect the world to South Asia, one book at a time, hence the name "KitaabWorld".
Kitaabworld stemmed from a need for representation of diverse and inclusive books about South Asian children and young adult literature in the mainstream. We curate books from around the world which feature traditional, contemporary and re-imagined stories on and about South Asia. Our selection of books showcases an authentic representation of the diverse elements of South Asian culture as well as mirror the realities of growing up in the South Asian diaspora.
Our products reflect the vast and diverse region with books from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Myanmar,Nepal,Pakistan, India, and Sri Lanka. The South Asian diaspora comprises of over a billion people, at least 20 languages and many religions including Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism and Sikhism.
Even today many traditions still remain a part of people’s daily lives. Our products reflect key elements of our culture such as art, dance, food, folk tales, history, religions, mythologies and traditions. We also focus on preserving South Asian languages by providing parents and language teachers resources to teach children these languages in a fun and engaging manner.
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