It would be pretty weird if I didn’t like this book considering who wrote it. (Spoiler alert: it’s me!)
I’ve been a writer my whole life. Well, ever since I could put sentences together. I worked on the middle school paper, was the editor of my high school paper, and wrote for my college paper, too. Since then I’ve worked for 3 newspapers - including both New York City tabloids - and currently am the Editor-in-Chief of Moneyish.com, published by Dow Jones. I write parenting columns for Elle and write about books for Little Hoboken. You could say writing is basically my only skill. (That, and almost always finding a hidden gem on a sale rack.)
I never thought I’d write a children’s book. But then I had a daughter and the two of us spend a lot of time together poking around the shelves at Little City Books. It’s sort of become our thing. The ritual of touching the spines, checking out the new releases, and then settling in on the floor for a bit to give some new titles a try.
And sometime last year, I had a nagging thought. Our apartment is basically a library -- books lining the shelves in almost all the rooms. Yet, so few of the children’s books we love have characters that look like my daughter, a fiery little Indian-American girl who often dresses like Wonder Woman. The thought ate at me for weeks. Finally, I just wrote her a story on my laptop.
We read the story over and over - at her request - and I was thrilled that my little tale brought her so much joy. She continued to ask for it for months and it occurred to me that perhaps other little superheroes might enjoy it too. (Fast forward a year: Super Satya Saves the Day is out on 10/2 and available on Amazon, in your local bookstore, at Janie + Jack stores, and select Costco locations.)
In the book, Super Satya - named after my own daughter, Satya - has a pretty big problem. Her superhero cape is stuck at the dry cleaner and there’s just no way she’s going to be able to have a super day without it. She thinks all of her superhero powers - her super senses and super bravery - come from the cape. But she soon learns that it takes more than a cape to make you super.
It’s all a bit surreal, the book, the epic launch party at Little City Books, and that fact that Super Satya Saves the Day is already #1 on the Amazon new releases list. I know we need diverse books for our diverse world - and I plan to keep writing children’s books - but, the love that’s been showered on this title has expanded my heart to 1,000 times its original size! Plus, the local kids we met this weekend seemed to really dig all the local spots that show up in the book including Church Square Park, Tony Boloney’s, Little City Books, and Baking Mama.
This book is a love letter to Hoboken, a community that has wrapped us up in support since the day we moved here, and to all kids, including my little Satya, who are super in every way possible. I hope you enjoy reading it to your kids as much as I love reading it to mine.
1: What makes Super Satya really super? What makes you really super?
2: Did you do anything kind for anyone today?
3: If you could have a super power, what would it be?
4: Super Satya is super frustrated at school when she can’t get her structures right. What do you do when you’re feeling frustrated?
If you’re feeling inspired, tag us in some pictures of you and your minis reading. (You can find us at @LittleHoboken + @RaakstarWrites. Also, if I can ever answer any book questions, feel free to holler.)
Mention Little Hoboken’s Little Book Club at Little City Books and get 10% off “Super Satya” for the month of October or grab a copy on Amazon here. Raakhee will be reading her book on 10/13 at 11 a.m. at WORD in Jersey City. For more information, including tickets, visit WORD.
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Raakhee Mirchandani is a writer, editor, and pediatric cancer crusader. Her first children’s book, “Super Satya Saves the Day”, inspired by her daughter and set in Hoboken is out now.