The Purple Grasshopper
THE PURPLE GRASSHOPPER by Hannah Qizilbash (Nodhi Stories, 2020) a thoughtful and engaging children’s book that encourages young readers to explore topics of diversity, inclusion, self-love, and friendship through the character of a quirky, big-spirited purple grasshopper.
Inspired by the impromptu bedtime story Qizilbash created for her own children—four-year-old twin daughters who were struggling with questions of their own uniqueness and self-acceptance—THE PURPLE GRASSHOPPER follows the journey of one young grasshopper as she discovers she’s different from her peers, tries and fails to hide who she truly is, faces a community who doesn’t quite understand her, and ultimately arrives at a place of self-celebration and friendship. Written for 3-7 year-olds, THE PURPLE GRASSHOPPER is on a mission to make the world a more inclusive place by introducing early, accessible conversations about diversity, exclusion, being your authentic self, and the importance of a support system—in a fun, colorful way! Children and parents alike will love the values of this dynamic story and how it encourages children to be true to who they are.
About Hannah Qizilbash (Richmond, Virginia Author)
Qizilbash is a brown, first generation, gay, woman immigrant who has lived in 3 different countries, on 2 different continents and is ¼ of a family of 4. She has lived a colorful life speckled with perseverance, trauma, and fight. Currently, she lives the American dream by working full-time in healthcare, raising a family, gaining advanced education, and striving to leave behind a legacy. She is passionate about equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as preparing youth for the world they face, while still helping them maintain their innocence and wonder. THE PURPLE GRASSHOPPER is her first book.