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Laxmi's Mooch by Shelly Anand & Nabi H. Ali

Laxmi's Mooch by Shelly Anand & Nabi H. Ali

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A joyful, body-positive picture book about a young Indian American girl's journey to accept her body hair and celebrate her heritage after being teased about her mustache.

Laxmi never paid much attention to the tiny hairs above her lip. But one day while playing farm animals at recess, her friends point out that her whiskers would make her the perfect cat. She starts to notice body hair all over--on her arms, legs, and even between her eyebrows.

With her parents' help, Laxmi learns that hair isn't just for heads, but that it grows everywhere, regardless of gender. Featuring affirming text by Shelly Anand and exuberant, endearing illustrations by Nabi H. Ali, Laxmi's Mooch is a celebration of our bodies and our body hair, in whichever way they grow.

Shelly Anand: 

I was born and (mostly) raised in Georgia by immigrant parents from India. I am a civil and human rights attorney fighting for immigrants and workers from marginalized communities. I live with my husband and two super kewt, super badmaash kids, who don’t put up with any bakwaas. No pets because my husband and son are allergic to everything.

My debut children’s book, Laxmi’s Mooch, comes out in Spring 2021 and is inspired by my own experiences growing up and having a mooch that other kids noticed. I hope kids (and adults) reading the book can celebrate their mooches and body hair!

Nabi H. Ali is a Tamil American illustrator who enjoys creating diverse works that showcase an array of cultures and people.

He illustrates digitally, but he also has a secret love of inks, color pencil, and acrylic paints. His hobbies include drawing (of course), doll collecting, reading, learning about South Asian mythology and folklore, and researching history.