Sanjay’s Super Team’s Big Step for Diversity

Nowadays, in the animation industry, the short film that goes ahead of the feature gets just as much attention as the main event. But none has gotten so much attention as “Sanjay’s Super Team”. Short films are a big deal for the Big Studios for several reasons: they get to tell stories that wouldn’t normally […]

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Let’s Talk About Elephants, Children’s books and Race

As you might be able to tell from our book and characters – Maya and Leela, we love elephants.  Even those bigger, tricky figurative elephants in the room like say- race. Headlines abound ranging from horrendous racially charged run-ins with the law often involving youngsters of color, to the recent uncomfortable, fascinating perplexity that is […]

Making “Dances of India”, Part 2

We left off with testing out the style of both the characters and the individual pages. But what about actual story? Malini and Kyra had a solid draft of the script but weren’t sure how they wanted all the pages to look.  Before I could actually draw the draft, I needed to know what aspects […]

Can more multicultural children’s literature = less racism?

Let’s start with the good news first. It looks like there was a slight uptick in the number of books by and about people of color in 2014, specifically – Africans and African Americans, Asians/Asian Pacific Americans and Latinos.   This is according to statistics gathered by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University […]

New Year, New Activities

It’s New Year’s Eve and the last minute preparations for 2015 are underway! And that includes Our Little Loka! We’re getting the next round of all-new content together for you and your little dreamers as we start work on The Next Book. YAY!! We had an amazing time at BloomBars in Washington, DC and had […]

Making “Dances of India”, Part 1

Greetings, readers! This is Alyssa, the Illustrator of “Dances of India”, writing to you all as we begin some new and exciting transitions. Our Little Loka will now be sending out regular newsletters to those who would like to receive them to compile news and specials in one e-mail. Please sign up if you’re interested on […]

Change Is…

It has been quite a while since we last surfaced with news, updates or anything!  We apologize for those of you who love to hear from us.  You are welcome for the rest of you! 🙂 The theme for this summer has been – change.  The title says it all and its open ended because […]

Board Books, Picture Books, And Those Sticky Fingers

I recently ventured down into the basement, Arjun’s unofficial play space, only to find him sitting in the midst of about 17 red, blue, and yellow balls he had strategically removed from his ball pit…with a book in hand.  It was a sweet picture book with revealing tabs that someone had given to him.  Unfortunately, as I got […]

Elephant characters of color?

So far we are thrilled and blessed to have received lots of wonderful feedback and reviews for our first multicultural children’s book – Maya and Leela Present: Dances of India!  Shameless, indeed! 🙂 YET (see we are not COMPLETELY full of it), we have also heard from a few that wished we had chosen characters […]

Playlist Extravaganza

  Ok, so it’s not so much an extravaganza as it is…well…an awesome playlist.  Or at least an initial attempt at one, ha!  Since Maya and Leela’s first adventure involves learning about the various Dances of India, we figured it would be exciting to bring some music and dance into the conversation.  I mean, what […]