An illustration of a young, smiling, brown-skinned boy with flowers in his hair, against a colourful starry background. Text reads, The Boy & The Bindi; Written by Vivek Shraya; Illustrated by Rajni Perera.

The Boy & The Bindi is a playful picture book about a young boy’s fascination with the dot on his mother’s forehead.

Ammi, why do you wear that dot?
What’s so special about that spot?

It’s not a dot, says my Ammi—
It’s not a spot, it’s a bindi!

With his mom’s help, the boy discovers that wearing a bindi allows him to joyfully explore and express his difference—and that even a little “spot” can be meaningful and magical.

Featuring illustrations by Rajni Perera.