I’m grateful that my mother was able to read my debut picture book. My mother was always supportive of everything we did and when my sister and I started writing and publishing books, she would make a point of purchasing five copies.
At the time, she was living in an Independent Living facility so she really didn’t have the means to distribute the four copies of the books that were in duplicate. It was just her way to help us with our book sales. That’s my mom in a nutshell.
My mom passed away in September 2019 and in honor of her, I am giving away six copies of Sumo Joe for its six month anniversary. Please fill out the Rafflecopter below to enter. I can only mail to U.S. addresses.
p.s. My parents used to take us to the public library every single week. It was only at the 50% off book fair at Cal State University Long Beach where my father taught that they would ever buy books. There used to be rows of tables with boxes of books at these book clearance events, and I would spent time searching for children’s books. I never found a book with Japanese characters, though, in my public library or at that book sale.
My mom would be happy to know that things have changed.
Japanese American Books for Kids
For your young ninja, books to learn about Japan.
It’s amazing how a single piece of art can have a ripple effect, inspiring others all around the world and for many generations.
WWII Internment seems to dominate Japanese American books for kids. I agree that it is an important lesson in history — my own mother was forced to relocate but I also hunger for books that explore other facets of being Japanese American.
Kite flying is an important ritual in Asia and I’ve rounded up every great kite flying book thanks to a little help from my friends and readers.
This was my response to a reader request.
I explore my own Japanese history in this post.
These older books explore the Japanese American internment experience during WWII, a shameful chapter in America’s history.
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BEST #OWNVOICES CHILDREN’S BOOKS: My Favorite Diversity Books for Kids Ages 1-12 is a book that I created to highlight books written by authors who share the same marginalized identity as the characters in their books.