Ages 4 to 8, Grades P to 3
Baba's Gift is a radiant celebration of a Persian father's love of family, from his boyhood in Iran to his new life in America.
Baba enchants his six daughters with his stories, transporting them to his childhood in Iran as they play on the flowering vines of the Persian carpet in California. He tells the story of a determined young man who comes to the United States, the challenges of leaving his Persian family, and the unfolding of his new American life.
This glorious debut authentic voices picture book is written by two sisters about their Baba ("father" in Farsi), who weaves together the love of two countries with the love of family.
A perfect read-aloud for parents, grandparents, and teachers, the story inspires curiosity about other cultures and connection between generations.
Baba's Gift--full of delight, tenderness, and vibrant illustrations by award-winning Persian illustrator Elaheh Taherian--sparkles with the beauty of love and family around the world.
About the Author
ARIANA SHAHEEN AMINI graduated with an MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College and a BA from UC Davis. She loves teaching children and volunteering in schools. She has written essays for the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine and Mothering magazine, as well as the gift book You Owe Me: Fifty Favors for the Mom-to-Be. As a child, Ariana loved dancing, making up plays, and jumping from Persian carpet to Persian carpet with her five sisters. As an adult, she loved daily talks with her dad over tea and interviewing him about his extraordinary life. She lives with her husband and two creative kids in San Anselmo, CA.
CHRISTINA MAHEEN AMINI was taught to read at an early age by her older sister, Ariana, and from that day on, she has loved the magic of books. Christina is the executive publishing director at Chronicle Books, and is happy to be a professional collaborator and creator--bringing new ideas, new artists, and new voices to the world every year. Christina has spoken on creativity and collaboration at AdobeMax, 99u, In/Visible Talks, Creative Mornings, and as an SFMOMA museum guide. She lives with her wife and two kids in the San Francisco Bay area, where all six Amini sisters live.
Author Residence: ARIANA AMINI: San Anselmo, CA CHRISTINA AMINI: Ross, CA
Author Hometown: San Francisco, CA
ELAHEH TAHERIAN graduated from the Illustration as Visual Essay MFA program at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Prior to this, she received her BFA degree from Shahed Art University and a MFA degree from Art University in Tehran, Iran. She has illustrated several children books and her works have been published in magazines and featured in many exhibits. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Illustrator Residence:Brooklyn, NY
Illustrator Hometown:Kerman, Iran