We're thrilled to present a Saturday morning storytime with acclaimed author and poet Bao Phi reading his latest picture book, YOU ARE LIFE.
This event is free and open to the public. This event will take place indoors and seating will be available for those with accessibility needs. Masks will be required.
Following the event, Bao Phi will be available to sign and personalize copies of his books. If you would prefer not to stay for the signing, you may pre-order copies that will be signed just prior to the event. Orders must be placed by 5 p.m. on Friday, November 4th to guarantee pre-signing. Please note in your order that you would like the book signed and the names of those you would like it signed to (or simply write "signature only").
Born in Vietnam, raised in the Phillips neighborhood of South Minneapolis, Bao Phi is a Vietnamese American Minnesotan and a long time spoken word artist. A poet, he has two collections published, Song I Sing and Thousand Star Hotel, both by Coffeehouse Press. As a children's book author, he has written four children's books: A Different Pond, My Footprints, Hello Mandarin Duck, and You Are Life, all published by Capstone. His first children's book, A Different Pond, received six starred reviews and won multiple awards including a Caldecott Honor and the Charlotte Zolotow Award for excellence in children's book writing. His most recent picture book, You Are Life, was hailed by Kirkus as "A sweet and empowering poem."
"An affirmation for Asian American youth." --Kirkus Reviews You are . . . You are . . . You are . . . Every child is bursting with amazing things This joyful picture book celebrates the wonderful and complex identities of children of immigrants and refugees.
A 2018 Caldecott Honor Book that Kirkus Reviews calls a must-read for our times, A Different Pond is an unforgettable story about a simple event - a long-ago fishing trip. Graphic novelist Thi Bui and acclaimed poet Bao Phi deliver a powerful, honest glimpse into a relationship between father and son - and between cultures, old and new.
Every child feels different in some way, but Thuy feels double different. She is Vietnamese American and she has two moms. Thuy walks home one winter afternoon, angry and lonely after a bully's taunts. Then a bird catches her attention and sets Thuy on an imaginary exploration. What if she could fly away like a bird? What if she could sprint like a deer, or roar like a bear?
Twins Hue and Hoa are excited for the May Day parade While waiting at the park for the parade to begin, they spot a little duck who seems new to the neighborhood--and looks confused by the crowd and commotion. How can the twins help the duck get to the pond? Many friends from the neighborhood stop to say hello and offer suggestions.