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Three children’s books teach kids about family love, inclusion, and empathy

Geraldine Pu and Her Lucky Pencil, Too! by Maggie P. Chang In Geraldine Pu and Her Lucky Pencil, Too! written and illustrated by Maggie P. Chang, protagonist Geraldine Pu loves to write and draw adventure...

‘Cook As You Are’ is an invitation to reflect on food as an occasion...

Cook as You Are by Ruby Tandoh is an invitation to reflect on our culinary desires and urges readers to enjoy time in the kitchen. This book demonstrates that food is not just refueling,...

In tender debut memoir “Meet Me Tonight In Atlantic City,” Jane Wong examines the...

In the late 1980s, Jane Wong grew up a restaurant baby: Helping prep wontons, napping on bags of rice, and playing games with her younger brother. Her family’s story seems to be the classic...

STEM education with a fun dinosaur adventure

Never Teach a Stegosaurus to do Sums inspires kids to develop an interest in numbers and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) with a fun dinosaur adventure! This book, reminiscent of If You Give...

‘Thai Cinema Uncensored’ is an illuminating work of resistance to censorship

Before reading Thai Cinema Uncensored, my only encounter with Thai cinema was in an English class. We watched the short film Mobile Men by Apichatpong Weerasethakul and my professor briefly mentioned that there is...

Alma Presses Play is a beautiful teen coming-of-age story

If you need a moment of reflection or a step away from the telephone screen, look no further. Alma Presses Play throws the reader back to 1982 a time where teens would listen to...

Two cute illustrated kids stories about dumplings

Dumplings for Lili by Melissa Iwai, published by Norton Young Readers (2021) In Dumplings for Lili, Lili goes on an adventure with her dog Kiki in search of ingredients. What starts as an errand to...

Nghi Vo’s debut novel brilliantly reimagines The Great Gatsby

  Nghi Vo’s debut novel The Chosen and the Beautiful, published by Tordotcom, glitters just as bright as the stars and lights of the city she describes. In a stunning reinvention of The Great Gatsby,...