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Delightful Picture Book, Jojo Eats Dim Sum by James Kye, Makes Me Hungry for More

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 Jojo Eats Dim Sum by James Kye [picture book, ages 3-9] This  delightful picture book reminds me of Lauren Child’s charming collage illustrations in her Charlie and Lola series. Like Charlie and Lola, James Kye mixes cartoon illustrations with photographs to stunning effect. The characters are drawn as cartoons and manage to convey their very …

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Celebrating 4th of July with Asian American KidLit

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Happy Birthday United States on this 4th of July!  To celebrate, I selected two picture books with an Asian twist.  Both families are immigrants from China.  The children in each book, like all children of immigrants, straddle two worlds trying to be “more-American-like-their-friends” while immersed in the culture and traditions from their home country. But …

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Meet Wendy Shang: The Amy Tan of Children’s Lit (The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, ages 9-12)

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Meet Wendy Shang, a shining voice in children’s literature that actually portrays Asian Americans as we are — not nerdy, tweaky, math wizards — but nuanced balancing the tightrope of assimilating versus being Asian that we all walk. The Great Wall of Lucy Wu is her first chapter book for ages 9-12 but it’s a …

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Top 10: Best Chinese American Children’s Books (ages 2-14)

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The Chinese immigrant experience is one with a long history in America resulting in becoming the largest Asian population in America today.  There is a great one-page overview on Chinese immigration that details this history.  Interestingly, this article says that the earliest Chinese immigrants during the 1700’s were well received and became wealthy but attitudes changes …

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Top 10: Best Japanese American Children’s Books (ages 2-16)

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The story of Japanese immigration is also true for my own family history.  Changes in Japan during the Meiji Restoration from 1868 to 1912 wrought great changes in Japan as the country tried to modernize.  The old feudal system of titled landowners was abruptly stripped away, and the daimyo domains of titled landowners were turned …

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What Happened to Harvard Plagiarist Kaavya Viswanathan Anyway? How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life…Updated

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I just learned of Kaavya’s recent tragedy. Her parents were in a fatal airplane crash recently. My deepest sympathy for her loss. Her neurosurgeon father was the pilot of a small plane and her obstetrician mother was the passenger. The cause of the crash is still being determined. ——————————— …and how Kaavya Viswanathan, then 17-years-old …

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APALA Awards for Children’s Books and Young Adult Literature. Have You Heard of These?

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It came as big surprise to me to learn that there is, indeed, an Asian American Children’s and Young Adult Lit Award. It was Faye Bi from Little Brown who kindly pointed it out to me. I am pretty surprised because I spent the last year tracking Google Alert words “Children’s Book Award” in search of …

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Best Asian American Children’s Authors & Illustrators

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There is the Pura Belpre Award, established in 1996, and presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. And the Coretta Scott King Book Awards which honor new African American authors and illustrators with less than three …

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