In a world rich with stories and cultures, we hope to inspire generations to look beyond their borders, embrace differences, and cultivate a sense of global community. Founded in 2021, Global Bookshelves International began with a singular, profound vision:
To support creators and readers from around the world.
Each book in our collection holds the potential to transcend mere reflection, offering not just a mirror of our own existence but a window into the lives of others. Through the pages of our authors' books, every narrative, every voice, is an opportunity to learn, grow, and connect.
We work closely with authors to publish children’s books, nonfiction books, and stories that are aimed to diversify bookshelves. By sharing these stories, we hope to learn more about each other and pave the way for greater understanding and unity.
Join us in creating a more empathic, inclusive, and compassionate global community.
Meet our Authors
Global Bookshelves International featured authors
Meet our Founder and CEO
Janan Sarwar, PharmD
Janan Sarwar, PharmD, has worked in the publishing industry since 2014. Her experience spans from traditional to independent publishing. She contributed to the publishing of over 50 books. Her career began with professional titles, single and multiauthored textbooks, and currently includes children's books and memoirs.
Janan x TEDxOcala 2023
Judging Your Book Covers:
What Your Bookshelves Reveal About You
Check out this 2023 TEDx Talk where Janan reflects on how her Bengali-American upbringing in Clarksville, Tennessee led to an absence of relatable characters in the books she read as a young girl. She also explores Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop’s concept of "Windows, Mirrors, and Sliding Glass Doors," emphasizing literature's power to offer universal insights, reflect identities, and open doors to different worlds.
Just A Little Mynah
By: Evelyn Sue Wong
Little Mynah wishes she was not so ordinary. But when her friend, the magnificent Heron, gets into trouble she flies into action and discovers that even ordinary little birds can do extraordinary things. This is the first multilingual picture book in a series to be published by Epigram Books that introduces preschoolers and early primary kids to the diverse languages and cultures of Singapore.
Shaky Quaky Jake
By: Kelly D. Roberts
Will Jake ever fit in at school? After a particularly bad day at school with his shaky quakies in control, Jake expresses his anxieties to his Gramma when his frustration reaches a boiling point.
The Reading Tree
By: Dr. Khoo Kim Choo
In this illustrated ode to books and reading, literacy and libraries are promoted and celebrated. A little tree and a little boy form a friendship over their love of books.
Healing the Emptiness [Bengali Edition]
By: Yasmin Mogahed
In this Bengali translation of Yasmin Mogahed’s book, translator Hamid Sirajy translates this deeply motivational self-help guide to spiritual well-being.
COVID Long-Hauler: My Life Since COVID
By: Dr. Salam Kabbani
Salam Kabbani has done everything she can to not contract COVID-19, including getting vaccinated, socially distancing, and taking all possible precautions. When the delta variant spread, she had a breakthrough infection that upended her life.
The Stars That Shine for You
By: Rishma Govani
The Stars That Shine for You introduces the concept of death in a child-friendly way. It’s a topic we need to get comfortable talking about–enhancing not only our own grief literacy, but also raising the next generation to be fluent in the language of love, loss, and hope.
Just One: A Journey of Perseverance and Conviction
By: Dr. Nour Akhras
Just One: A Journey of Perseverance and Conviction chronicles the life of Syrian American, Dr. Nour Akhras honestly portraying her struggles as an American Muslim in an Islamophobic climate and as a mother providing humanitarian aid in war-torn countries around the globe.
MetalGhost: Kashif and the Echoes from a Past Life
By: Ali Mohammad Rizwan
When university professor Kashif Razvi’s seemingly normal life is shattered by the death of a loved one, and the police quickly close the investigation without finding the perpetrator, he is forced to take matters into his own hands.