"Grandfather was not one for riddles...but he was one for stories..."

—Grandfather Gandhi

New Grandfather Gandhi Book Coming!

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015 in Be the Change | 0 comments

Author Bethany Hegedus, Illustrator Evan Turk, Author Arun Gandhi

Author Bethany Hegedus, Illustrator Evan Turk, Author Arun Gandhi at Books of Wonder

Arun Gandhi, Bethany Hegedus, and Evan Turk will partner on a new book!

Be the Change will be a companion picture book to the critically acclaimed Grandfather Gandhi. The new book will tell the story of how Gandhi’s young grandson learned a valuable lesson about practicing non-violence and growing up to “be the change” that he wanted to see in the world.

Publishers Lunch announced that the book was sold to to editor Reka Simonsen at Atheneum, by Alexandra Penfold at Upstart Crow Literary for the authors and by Brenda Bowen at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates for the artist.  No publication date has been announced.


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Ezra Jack Keats Illustrator Honor

Posted by on Feb 22, 2015 in By Evan Turk, Illustrations | 0 comments

Illustration © Ezra Jack Keats

Illustration © Ezra Jack Keats

“The Ezra Jack Keats Book Award celebrates and inspires exceptional new writers and illustrators, who are seldom recognized in the early stages of their careers,” said Deborah Pope, Executive Director of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. “These new artists have created books of beauty in the spirit of Keats that portray the universal qualities of childhood, a strong and supportive family and the multicultural nature of our world.”

Evan Turk was awarded the 2015 New Illustrator Honor from the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation for his work on Grandfather Gandhi.

“I am beyond thrilled to receive the Ezra Jack Keats Honor!,” said Evan Turk, “Keats was an incredible, inspiring, and boundary breaking artist and storyteller, and I am so honored to be included in his company in this way.”

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New Shining Perspective

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in By Arun Gandhi, School Visits | 0 comments

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Arun Gandhi thanks Mr. Greenleaf’s for their wonderful thank you notes following his appearance at a marvelous school in Canby, Oregon.  Here are some of the things students had to say:

“Living in the light is an easy title to learn, it’s just up to you to take the first step into a new shining perspective.”

“Your a person that makes people laugh and change the way they think.”

“I was soo thankful that I got to hear your message about helping the poor people or others that need it…I was soo inspired by you, following in your grandpas steps and I believe wherever he is, he is proud of you.”

“Poverty.  Hunger.  Neglect.  These are things not many people take time with.  They hear about it and ignore it…However there are people who only get what they’ll use and save the rest.  The people who are less fortunate in their times of need.   These people love with all they have and cherish everything everyday…”

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“Living your life as light would mean avoiding bad moments and also thinking about the good side of things.”

“Being angry and using violence is just ruining the world.”

“If we all cared for one another world hunger and homelessness wouldn’t be such a problem.”

“He [Arun Gandhi] saved all 128 babies that were in the streets, that was an amazing and life changing thing to do…:

“The world can be a dark place.  There is evil within our cities and government but also light…”

“Poverty is a heartbreaking thing…”

“It’s good to be kind in the least way you can to somebody.”

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“Don’t waste things…”

“If only people with more money would help.  This world would be a better place.”

“Don’t let your light fade, let it shine.”

“…what ever you give them means alot to them even if it’s a little thing…”

“This is an experience I will cherish forever…”

“[Mahatma] Gandhi was able to be the light at the end of the tunnel for everybody across the world.”

“It takes courage and bravery to live your life as light.”

” He [Mahatma Gandhi] was trying to banish the darkness of war.”

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“…got me thinking that I don’t always appreciate what I have…”

“Showing random acts of kindness, with no intention of being rewarded, are the kind of people we should look up to and admire.”

“[Mahatma] Gandhi was light in darkness.”


“…we need to act more like [Mahatma] Gandhi who was brave, sweet, loving, and so much more!”

“Blood, violence, and many disturbing things are in this world, but one thing can stop it, peace.”

“Once the negativity becomes too great, the holder explodes, shattering into tiny shards and causing casualties.”

“That story harmed my heart because I can’t imagine kids living in the streets with no food, money, water and shelter…I am so glad that Arun Gandhi saved these kids lives.”

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Don’t Have To Be A Kid To Love

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in Outreach | 0 comments


Thank you to NPR for “channeling our inner 7-year-old” and recommending Grandfather Gandhi for “8 Picture Books You Don’t Have To Be A Kid To Love.”

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