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Two kids books unpack the harrowing realities of Southeast Asian refugees

Many immigrants come to the United States to find their opportunities and escape hostility. The two books, Last Flight and Finding Papa, are both about refugees and the trauma they faced when their home...

Q&A: Lori Matsukawa’s new picture book is a story from her own childhood

I interviewed Lori Matsukawa about her new picture book, Brave Mrs. Sato, and where she got the idea for the story. Seattleites know Matsukawa as a TV journalist who spent 36 years as evening news...

Two kid’s books ask the question: What does it mean to be an American?

Often Asian American children are bullied and the message that is hurled at them is that they are not Americans. Two books to read to our youngest Asian Americans that reinforce that they are...

Two children’s books that will inspire young readers to follow their dreams

Following Your Dreams in Nigel and the Moon Have you ever had dreams about your future, but were too embarrassed to share? Nigel, an African American youngster, wants to be an astronaut. He wants to...

Two luminous picture books help kids find a light in the dark

A Spark in the Dark, written and illustrated by Pam Fong This is a beautiful book about light and dark. The story features a little orange fish who gets lost in the dark of the...

How families tell their children “I love you”

A Sweet New Year for Ren, by Michelle Sterling, illustrated by Dung Ho Ren is a fun and interesting young girl who wants to help her mom, dad, uncle, aunt, and brother as they prepare...

In new children’s book, Katie Yamasaki pays tribute to her grandfather, noted Seattle architect...

Shapes, Lines, and Light: My Grandfather’s American Journey Written and Illustrated By Katie Yamasaki Norton Young Readers, 2022 Minoru Yamasaki, one of the most famous architects in the world, was born in Seattle, Washington and when he was...

Grandmas and their grandchildren share precious time

The Little Toymaker Written and Illustrated By Cat Min The little toymaker is like the Santa Claus for older folks. Do grandmothers like toys? Of course, they do. The little toymaker builds toys specifically for grandparents and...

A garden of picture books for summer reading

Hello, Mandarin Duck! This is a fun book about a Mandarin duck who flies to a new place and seems to be lost. At first, the duck waddles around not knowing where it is going....

Learning about infinity and other mathematical concepts using baked goods

This picture book is about how two young children, X and Y, work with their Aunt Z to bake infinite pie. Aunt Z helps them discover how to use “flour, butter, and water” to make...