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Attention all book lovers: Here’s what we’re adding to our shelves

July 18, 2022


In true Room to Read fashion, we love good book recommendations. This month, look no further for a worthwhile read because our Book Creator Collective brings a new wave of creative energy to the table... or shall we say bookshelf!  

Our collective unites creators and storytellers from around the world to share their diverse voices and visions with our global community of supporters and changemakers. You can learn more about each member on our Book Creator Collective webpage.  

Discover which books we're already eager to read from our newest Book Creator Collective members:


Oliver Phommavanh 

Look out for Oliver Phommavanh’s newest novel “What About Thao?” available this August in Australia.

This novel for ages 10+ features Thao, a Vietnamese-Australian city boy in a small country town who's enjoying being the new kid at his tiny school, and when another new kid named Kadir arrives, he joins forces with Thao as a dynamic duo.  

Learn More About Oliver Phommavanh






Sheetal Sheth 

Make sure to add Sheetal Sheth’s upcoming September 2022 release “Making Happy” to your booklist, available on pre-order now.

This touching story that focuses on social and emotional learning for children ages 5+ shares young Leila's experience with change as her mother gets sick. Yet amidst change, Leila knows one thing that never changes: love for her family.  

If you’re interested in learning more about social and emotional learning within children’s literature, discover more from Senior Director of Room to Read’s Global Literacy Program, Christabel Pinto. 

Learn More About Sheetal Sheth


Shugri Salh 

Winner of the 2022 Gold Nautilus Award, Multicultural & Indigenous Category, Shugri Salh’s “The Last Nomad” shares her personal coming-of-age story about her experience growing up in the Somali desert with her nomadic grandmother starting at age six. Make sure to grab a paperback copy on July 19. 

Learn More About Shugri Salh







Tristan Bancks 

Tristan Bancks’ new release “Cop & Robber” just hit the shelves in Australia. This fictional crime-comedy for ages 10+ follows Nash Hall, whose mother is a cop and father a criminal. When Nash’s father needs his help to commit a crime, how will Nash handle this conflict of interest? 

Learn More About Tristan Bancks