Priya Dreams of Marigolds and Masala (4-8yrs)


A children’s picture book about having pride in your heritage.

Priya Dreams of Marigolds & Masala explores the threads that connect each of us to our heritage, the special bond between grandparents and grandchildren, and the power of sharing our traditions with others. The protagonist, Priya, lives in the United States and her family is from India. Although she’s never visited India, she feels its magic through her Babi Ba’s colorful descriptions of the country – from the warm smell of spices to the swish-swish sound of a rustling sari. Together, Priya and Babi Ba keep their heritage alive through the traditions that they infuse into their everyday lives.

About the Author: Meenal Patel is an artist, designer, and author based in San Francisco, California. She is inspired by family, childhood wonder, strong women, textures in nature, and her Indian-American heritage. When she’s not making art, she loves reading to her nieces, cooking chana masala, visiting her home state of Minnesota and being in the beautiful outdoor spaces of California. Learn more about Meenal at

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