Picture Books by Asian American and Pacific Islander Authors & Illustrators

Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors (A Muslim Book Of Concepts) Cover Image
By Hena Khan, Mehrdokht Amini (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781797212531
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 1st, 2022

Now in board book, this picture book magnificently captures the colors of Islam and will inspire curiosity and conversations about world religions and cultures.


One, Two, Three Dim Sum: A Mandarin-English Counting Book Cover Image
By Rich Lo
$7.95
ISBN: 9781950500017
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Published: duopress - May 31st, 2020

Children and their parents can learn to count to ten in both English and Mandarin in this fun bilingual counting book of food.


I Won’t Give Up My Rubber Band Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781797214924
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Published: Chronicle Books - May 3rd, 2022

An everyday object (the endlessly versatile rubber band) becomes an invitation to imagine new possibilities in the latest laugh-out-loud picture book from acclaimed author-illustrator Shinsuke Yoshitake!


I'll Go and Come Back Cover Image
By Rajani LaRocca, Sara Palacios (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781536207170
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Published: Candlewick - March 29th, 2022

A tender, beautifully illustrated story about a girl in America and her grandmother in India, whose love stretches between languages and cultures—and across the world.


One Sun and Countless Stars: A Muslim Book of Numbers (A Muslim Book Of Concepts) Cover Image
By Hena Khan, Mehrdokht Amini (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452182728
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 1st, 2022

Counting and culture come together in this stunning companion to Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns.


The Depth of the Lake and the Height of the Sky Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781782507420
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Published: Floris Books - April 19th, 2022

'Astonishing to behold.' New York Times

It's summertime and a boy and his dog are leaving behind their apartment in the busy city.

His grandparents' home in the countryside feels like a different world. From the window, the curious boy sees a path leading enticingly into the forest. He can't wait to explore.


Tofu Takes Time Cover Image
By Helen H. Wu, Julie Jarema (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781506480350
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Published: Beaming Books - April 19th, 2022

Homemade tofu is good, and good things take time.


Mommy's Hometown Cover Image
By Hope Lim, Jaime Kim (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536213324
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Published: Candlewick - April 12th, 2022

When a young boy and his mother travel overseas to her childhood home in Korea, the town is not as he imagined. Will he be able to see it the way Mommy does?


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Love in the Library Cover Image
By Maggie Tokuda-Hall, Yas Imamura (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781536204308
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Published: Candlewick - February 8th, 2022

Set in an incarceration camp where the United States cruelly detained Japanese Americans during WWII and based on true events, this moving love story finds hope in heartbreak.

To fall in love is already a gift. But to fall in love in a place like Minidoka, a place built to make people feel like they weren’t human—that was miraculous.


Hundred Years of Happiness Cover Image
By Thanhhà Lai, Nguyen Quang (Illustrator), Kim Lien (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063026926
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Published: HarperCollins - April 5th, 2022

A stunning picture book debut, showcasing the love between grandparents and grandchildren, the challenges of memory loss, and the joy that sweet reminders of a faraway home can bring, from award-winning, bestselling author Thanhhà Lại.


I Am Golden Cover Image
By Eva Chen, Sophie Diao (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250842053
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - February 1st, 2022

An Instant New York Times Bestseller!

This joyful and lyrical picture book from New York Times bestselling author Eva Chen and illustrator Sophie Diao is a moving ode to the immigrant experience, as well as a manifesto of self-love for Chinese American children.


What do you see when you look in the mirror, Mei? Do you see beauty?


When the Sakura Bloom Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780648953319
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Published: Berbay Publishing - February 1st, 2022

"An understated ode to an iconic Japanese cultural celebration, mindfulness, and the restorative power of the seasons."Kirkus Reviews



Amah Faraway Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781547607211
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - January 25th, 2022

A delightful story of a child's visit to a grandmother and home far away, and of how families connect and love across distance, language, and cultures.

Kylie is nervous about visiting her grandmother-her Amah-who lives SO FAR AWAY.


Friends Are Friends, Forever Cover Image
By Dane Liu, Lynn Scurfield (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250778185
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - January 4th, 2022

A picture book based on the author's own immigration story, the infinite impact of friendship, and passing on love and kindness around the world.


Where Is the Buddha? Cover Image
By Thich Nhat Hanh, Nguyen Quang (Illustrator), Kim Lien (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781952692055
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Published: Plum Blossom - November 23rd, 2021

A new story for children from Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh: a young boy named Minh goes on a journey to find the Buddha, only to discover the Buddha is in each one of us


The Year of the Tiger: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac Cover Image
By Oliver Chin, Justin Roth (Illustrator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781597021562
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Published: Immedium - November 9th, 2021

2022 is the Year of the Tiger
Teddy is a future tiger king, whose journey celebrates the new year. This
edition features a bilingual Chinese translation.


Eyes That Speak to the Stars Cover Image
By Joanna Ho, Dung Ho (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063057753
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Published: HarperCollins - February 15th, 2022

New York Times bestselling team Joanna Ho and Dung Ho present Eyes That Speak to the Stars, companion to the acclaimed Eyes That Kiss in the Corners.

“A brilliant treatise to love of self and heritage.” —School Library Journal (starred review)


The Boring Book: (Childrens Book about Boredom, Funny Kids Picture Book, Early Elementary School Story Book) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452174563
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 6th, 2019

A New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2019

Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

The Boring Book is a humorous picture book that follows the story of one particularly bored boy.


Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon Cover Image
By Kat Zhang, Charlene Chua (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534463639
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - December 15th, 2020

In this sweet and brightly illustrated picture book, Amy Wu must craft a dragon unlike any other to share with her class at school in this unforgettable follow-up to Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao.

Amy loves craft time at school. But when her teacher asks everyone to make their own dragon, Amy feels stuck.


Wishes Cover Image
By Muon Thi Van, Victo Ngai (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338305890
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Published: Orchard Books - May 4th, 2021

An arresting, poetic journey and a moving reflection on immigration, family, and home, from an acclaimed creative team.

Wishes tells the powerful, honest story about one Vietnamese family's search for a new home on the other side of the world, and the long-lasting and powerful impact that makes on one of the youngest members of the family.


My Tree Cover Image
By Hope Lim, Il Sung Na (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823443383
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Published: Neal Porter Books - May 4th, 2021

When a young boy's beloved plum tree falls in a storm, he feels like he's lost both a friend and a connection to his old home.


The Paper Boat: A Refugee Story Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781771473637
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Published: Owlkids - September 15th, 2020

Named a best picture book of 2020 by Kirkus, School Library Journal, Booklist, New York Public Library, the Globe and Mail, CBC, and the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books -- a heartfelt and personal immigration story by critically acclaimed author Thao Lam


Thao: A Picture Book Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781771474320
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Published: Owlkids - April 15th, 2021

A funny, eye-opening story about the challenges of growing up with an unfamiliar name and learning to be true to yourself, new from the critically acclaimed Thao Lam


Yang Warriors Cover Image
By Kao Kalia Yang, Billy Thao (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781517907983
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Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - April 13th, 2021

Award-winning author Kao Kalia Yang delivers an inspiring tale of resourceful children confronting adversaries in a refugee camp

After lunch the Yang warriors prepare for battle. They practice drills, balance rocks on their heads, wield magical swords from fallen branches.


Hello, Mandarin Duck! Cover Image
By Bao Phi, Dion Mbd (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781684462568
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Published: Capstone Editions - February 1st, 2021

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.


Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist Cover Image
By Julie Leung, Chris Sasaki (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524771874
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Published: Schwartz & Wade - September 24th, 2019

Winner of the American Library Association's 2021 Asian/Pacific American Award for Best Picture Book!
 
An inspiring picture-book biography of animator Tyrus Wong, the Chinese American immigrant responsible for bringing Disney's Bambi to life.


Danbi Leads the School Parade Cover Image
By Anna Kim, Anna Kim (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780451478894
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - July 7th, 2020

An Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Honor Book
 
Meet Danbi, the new girl at school!


Eyes That Kiss in the Corners Cover Image
By Joanna Ho, Dung Ho (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062915627
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Published: HarperCollins - January 5th, 2021

A New York Times Bestseller and #1 Indie Bestseller · A Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year · A School Library Journal Best Book of 2021 · Included in NPR’s 2021 Books We Love List · Featured in Forbes, Oprah Daily, The Cut, and Book Riot · Golden Poppy Book Award Winner · Featured in Chicago Public Library’s Best Books of 2021


Almond Cover Image
By Allen Say, Allen Say (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338300376
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Published: Scholastic Press - March 3rd, 2020

Almond is a breathtaking and evocative story about finding your talent from Caldecott Medalist Allen Say.

Everything changes for Almond Biggs when a new girl comes to school. The New Girl can play "The Flight of the Bumblebee" fast fast fast on her violin. And every day Almond sits and listens. Lost in the music, Almond wonders if she has her own unique gift.


Chicken of the Sea Cover Image
By Viet Thanh Nguyen, Thi Bui (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781944211738
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Published: McSweeney's - November 26th, 2019

Ohana Means Family Cover Image
By Ilima Loomis, Kenard Pak (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823443260
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Published: Neal Porter Books - February 4th, 2020

Join the family, or ohana, as they farm taro for poi to prepare for a traditional luau celebration with a poetic text in the style of The House That Jack Built.
 
An American Library Association Notable Children’s Book


Lift Cover Image
By Minh Lê, Dan Santat (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368036924
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 5th, 2020

From the award-winning and bestselling creators of Drawn Together comes the fantastic tale of a magical elevator that will lift your spirits--and press all the right buttons!


Drawn Together Cover Image
By Minh Lê, Dan Santat (Illustrator), Dan Santat (Cover design or artwork by)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781484767603
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 5th, 2018

The recipient of six starred reviews and the APALA Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature! Named a Best Book of 2018 by the Wall Street Journal, NPR, Smithsonian, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, Booklist, the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, BookRiot, the New York Public Library, the Chicago Public Library


Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao Cover Image
By Kat Zhang, Charlene Chua (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534411333
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 1st, 2019

A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of 2019

Meet the funny, fierce, and fearless Amy Wu, who is determined to make a perfect bao bun today. Can she rise to the occasion?

Amy loves to make bao with her family. But it takes skill to make the bao taste and look delicious.


A Map Into the World Cover Image
By Kao Kalia Yang, Seo Kim (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781541538368
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Published: Carolrhoda Books (R) - October 1st, 2019

Filled with wonder and sorrow and happiness. --Alison McGhee, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Someday

A heartfelt story of a young girl seeking beauty and connection in a busy world.


Leila in Saffron Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534425644
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Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - June 18th, 2019

“Glorious.” —Kirkus Reviews

A colorful journey of self-discovery and identity, this sweet, vibrant picture book follows young Leila as she visits her grandmother’s house for their weekly family dinner, and finds parts of herself and her heritage in the family, friends, and art around her.

Sometimes I’m not sure if I like being me


Thanking the Moon: Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780375861017
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 14th, 2010

This simple, young, and satisfying story follows a Chinese American family as they celebrate the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival.

Each member of the family lends a hand as they prepare a moonlit picnic with mooncakes, pomelos, cups of tea, and colorful lanterns. And everyone sends thanks and a secret wish up to the moon.


My Footprints Cover Image
By Bao Phi, Basia Tran (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781684460007
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Published: Capstone Editions - September 1st, 2019

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?


A Different Pond Cover Image
By Bao Phi, Thi Bui (Illustrator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781623708030
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Published: Capstone Young Readers - August 1st, 2017

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.


The Shared Room Cover Image
By Kao Kalia Yang, Xee Reiter (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781517907945
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Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - June 9th, 2020

A family gradually moves forward after the loss of a child—a story for readers of all ages

When someone you love dies, you know what doesn’t die? Love. On the hot beach, among colorful umbrellas blooming beneath a bright sun, no one saw a little girl walk into the water.


Bilal Cooks Daal Cover Image
By Aisha Saeed, Anoosha Syed (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534418103
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Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - June 4th, 2019

A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of 2019
An Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Honor Book 2019

Six-year-old Bilal introduces his friends to his favorite dish—daal!—in this charming picture book that showcases the value of patience, teamwork, community, and sharing.

Six-year-old Bilal is excited to help his dad make his favorite


Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atomvolume 6 Cover Image
By Teresa Robeson, Rebecca Huang (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781454932208
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Published: Union Square Kids - October 8th, 2019

Meet Wu Chien Shiung, famous physicist who overcame prejudice to prove that she could be anything she wanted.

"Wu Chien Shiung's story is remarkable--and so is the way this book does it justice." --Booklist (Starred review)


Grandmother's Visit Cover Image
By Betty Quan, Carmen Mok (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781554989546
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Published: Groundwood Books - September 4th, 2018

Grandmother lives with Grace's family. She teaches her how to measure water for rice. She tells her stories about growing up in China and together they savor the flavors of her childhood. Grandmother says goodbye when she drops Grace off at school every morning and hello when she picks her up at the end of the day.


The Name Jar Cover Image
By Yangsook Choi, Yangsook Choi (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780440417996
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Published: Dragonfly Books - October 14th, 2003

A heartwarming story about the new girl in school, and how she learns to appreciate her Korean name.


Sumo Joe Cover Image
By Mia Wenjen, Nat Iwata (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781620148020
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Published: Lee & Low Books - June 11th, 2019

In this sweet and funny story, Sumo Joe and his friends enjoy pretending to be sumo wrestlers. But when his little sister wants to join their boy-only game, what should Sumo Joe do?


What I Like Most Cover Image
By Mary Murphy, Zhu Cheng-Liang (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781536209402
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Published: Candlewick - April 7th, 2020

In a lyrical story by Mary Murphy, gorgeously illustrated by award-winning artist Zhu Cheng-Liang, a child offers an ode to her favorite things — and people.

What I like most in the world is my window. This morning, through my window, I see the postman at the red gate. . . .


A Big Mooncake for Little Star Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316404488
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 28th, 2018

A gorgeous picture book that tells a whimsical origin story of the phases of the moon, from award-winning, bestselling author-illustrator Grace Lin
Pat, pat, pat...
Little Star's soft feet tiptoed to the Big Mooncake.


Duck for Turkey Day Cover Image
By Jacqueline Jules, Kathryn Mitter (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780807517352
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company - September 1st, 2017

It's almost Thanksgiving, and Tuyet is excited about the holiday and the vacation from school. There's just one problem: her Vietnamese American family is having duck for Thanksgiving dinner - not turkey! Nobody has duck for Thanksgiving - what will her teacher and the other kids think?


Grandmother School Cover Image
By Rina Singh, Ellen Rooney (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781459819054
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Published: Orca Book Publishers - May 5th, 2020

Every morning, a young girl walks her grandmother to the Aajibaichi Shala, the school that was built for the grandmothers in her village to have a place to learn to read and write.


Grandpa Grumps Cover Image
By Katrina Moore, Xindi Yan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781499808865
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Published: little bee books - April 7th, 2020

Daisy's Yeh-Yeh is visiting from China, and try as she might, Daisy can't get her grumpy grandpa to smile!

Daisy's Yeh-Yeh is visiting for the first time from China, and Daisy is so excited to meet him! She has big plans for all the fun they'll have together, like tea parties and snow angels, but when Yeh-Yeh arrives, Daisy finds him less jolly than she imagined.


It Began with a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way Cover Image
By Kyo Maclear, Julie Morstad (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062447623
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Published: HarperCollins - October 8th, 2019

* 4 Starred Reviews *

* An Indie Next List Pick *

“Playful, bold, and, much like its subject, full of grace.” —Jillian Tamaki, Caldecott Honor winner for This One Summer


Laxmi's Mooch Cover Image
By Shelly Anand, Nabi H. Ali (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984815651
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Published: Kokila - March 2nd, 2021

A joyful, body-positive picture book about a young Indian American girl's journey to accept her body hair and celebrate her heritage after being teased about her mustache.


Sarah and the Big Wave: The True Story of the First Woman to Surf Mavericks Cover Image
By Bonnie Tsui, Sophie Diao (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250239488
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - May 11th, 2021

This stunning nonfiction picture book tells the inspiring story of Sarah Gerhardt, one of the first female big-wave surfers.

Have you ever seen a big wave? One that’s twenty, thirty, forty, even fifty feet tall? Here’s a better question: Would you ever surf a big wave? Sarah Gerhardt did—and this is her story.