What children’s books have you enjoyed recently? This weekend, I found five new-to-us books written by Asian and Asian-American authors, and the boys have loved them…
First up: Eyes that Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho and illustrated by Dung Ho. How lovely is that title? We also really liked A Different Pond by Bao Phi and illustrated by Thi Bui; When the Cousins Came by Katie Yamasaki; and The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi.
If the kids in your life are ready for chapter books, Superbeetle by S. Michele Chen looks amazing. It tells the story of an eight-year-old girl who visits her grandmother in Taiwan. She discovers that her grandmother is planning to close her dumpling shop because she feels too old to run it. Also, a giant multicolored beetle is sitting in the bathtub! One thing that’s cool about Superbeetle is that the author explains how to pronounce certain Mandarin Chinese words within the story.
I’d love to hear more recommendations, if you have them. xoxo
P.S. Children’s books with female characters, and children’s books by Black authors. Plus, the beauty uniform of Ruth Chan, a children’s book illustrator.