School Library Journal gives Food for the Future a ⭐️ starred review! This review will be in the May issue. More here.
I am thrilled to announce my new picture book through Red Comet Press! We Sing from the Heart: How The Slants® Took Their Fight for Free Speech to the Supreme Court by Mia Wenjen, illustrated by Victor Bizar Gomez, with a forward from Simon Tam. This is a picture book biography about Simon Tam and his battle to claim the name of his band, which he won in a landmark Supreme Court Decision.
Food for the Future selected by dPICTUS for 100 Outstanding Picture Books of 2023
As a dPICTUS curated selection, Food For the Future will be featured at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair!
FOOD FOR THE FUTURE is a Junior Library Guild Gold Selection!
Scholastic Purchased my Kickstarter book, CHANGING THE GAME: ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN FEMALE ATHLETES!
This is what Scholastic said:
“I’m pleased to say that we are interested in school market paperback reprint rights to Changing the Game: Asian Pacific American Female Athletes.
We are working on a new classroom program entitled Rising Voices: Amplifying AANHPI Narratives (the latest in our line of Rising Voices libraries, which have covered African American and Latino Boys, Girls of Color, and Latino Stories), and we think this title would make a great addition.”
CHANGING THE GAME will be available in June of 2023 through Scholastic Book Fairs and flyers.
FOOD FOR THE FUTURE: SUSTAINABLE FARMS AROUND THE WORLD Cover Reveal!
I’m so excited to reveal the cover of my latest picture book!
This is a rhyming picture book featuring twelve unusual farms around the world. From vertical gardens in Singapore to ancient terrace farms in Chile, humans have innovated with sustainable farms throughout history. How do we feed our planet? Here are 12 ways we can grow food while caring for our planet! [picture book, ages 3 and up]
Food for the Future: Sustainable Farms Around the World releases May 23, 2023 through Barefoot Books.
Boxer Baby by Mia Wenjen, illustrated by Kai Gietzen
Mom is counting on Dad to get Boxer Baby down for her nap but Boxer Baby is the G.O.A.T. of sleep avoidance. This hilarious face-off mimics a three-round boxing match as Boxer Baby is no lightweight when it comes to staying awake. Dad has a few tricks up his sleeve but will it be enough in this epic battle against naptime?
Boxer Baby is a 479-word humorous picture book that depicts naptime struggles as a three-round boxing match. Boxing idioms sprinkled throughout, demonstrate how boxing terms are part of everyday English [picture book, ages 4 and up] Publication for Spring 2024 through Eifrig Publishing
Postcards from Malcolm X: How Yuri Kochiyama Became a Civil Rights Activist by Mia Wenjen, illustrated by Keith Henry Brown
I am thrilled to be making a picture book biography with Red Comet Press! Keith Henry Brown will illustrate! Publication is slated for 2024 through Red Comet Press.
Food for the Future: Sustainable Farms Around the World by Mia Wenjen, illustrated by Robert Sae-Heng
I’m thrilled to announce that I have a new picture book coming out through Barefoot Books spring of 2023!
This is a rhyming picture book featuring twelve unusual farms around the world. From vertical gardens in Singapore to ancient terrace farms in Chile, humans have innovated with sustainable farms throughout history. How do we feed our planet? Here are 12 ways we can grow food while caring for our planet!
Changing the Game: Asian Pacific American Female Athletes
Meet 17 Asian Pacific American Female Athletes in this book who excel at a range of sports and represent many Asian ethnicities:
- (Eun Jung) EJ Lee Smith (Korean American) is thought to be one of the greatest point guards ever to play women’s college basketball.
- Chloe Kim (Korean American) is the youngest snowboarder to win Olympic Gold.
- Miki Gorman (Japanese American) is the only female marathon runner to win both the Boston Marathon and the New York Marathon, twice!
- Victoria Manalo Draves (Filipino & European American), a diver, is the first woman to win two Gold Medals in both springboard and platform in the same Olympics games, the first Asian-American to medal at an Olympics game, and the first Filipino to win a Gold Medal.
- Evelyn Tokue Kawamoto-Konno (Japanese American) learned to swim competitively in a ditch through Soichi Sakamoto’s Three-Year Swim Club and is the first Japanese-American female to win an Olympic Medal.
- Julie Chu (Chinese & Puerto Rican American), a hockey player, is the first Asian-American female to compete for the United States in the Winter Olympics for a sport other than figure skating. She took home three silver medals and one bronze medal from five Olympics.
- Natasha “Tasha” Kai-Marks (Filipino, Hawaiian, Chinese & European American) is the first player from Hawaii to make the full U.S. National Women’s Soccer team. In 2008, she helped the team earn an Olympic Gold medal.
- Michelle Wie (Korean American) is the youngest female to compete on the PGA Tour and the youngest USGA champion in an adult event.
- Kristi Yamaguchi (Japanese American) is a two-time Olympic Gold Medal ice skating champion, a two-time singles World Champion, and a two-time pairs National Champion.
- Amy Chow (Chinese American) is the first Asian American woman to win an Olympic Gold Medal in gymnastics.
- Anona Naone Napoleon (Native Hawaiian) won the International Makaha Surfing Competition.
- Michelle Waterson (Thai & European American) is a Mixed Martial Arts champion.
- Liane Lissa Sato (Japanese American) took home a Bronze Medal for the United States Women’s Volleyball Team at the Olympics held in Barcelona.
- Catherine Mai-Lan Fox (Vietnamese & European American) is a two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner for swimming.
- Megan Khang (Hmong American) is the first Hmong American to play on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour.
- Mohini Bhardwaj (Indian & Russian American) is the first Indian-American gymnast to medal at the Olympics.
- Naomi Osaka (Japanese & Haitian) is the first female Asian player to hold the number one ranking by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA).
The Elusive Full Ride Scholarship: An Insider’s Guide co-authored with Alison Foley
Did you know that 80% of parents put their kids in sports with the hopes they can attend college on an athletic scholarship? But, without knowing the facts and strategies behind attaining the elusive full-ride scholarship, only 7% of high school athletes move on to college sports.
For those looking to go to college on a sports scholarship, the recruiting process can be both daunting and overwhelming. The Elusive Full Ride Scholarship: An Insider’s Guide breaks down the process step-by-step to help parents and athletes navigate the system and find the right college fit. Inside the pages of this book, readers will discover the answers to essential questions, such as: how do I get recruited, what are coaches looking for, and when does recruitment start? The book also covers crucial topics including recruiting Do’s & Don’ts; ways to communicate with coaches, teams, and schools; how academics play into the recruiting process; how to build a recruitment kit; the role parents play, and much more. This guide lays out all the advice needed to maneuver through the recruiting and scholarship process successfully – and with minimum stress. Order here.
Sumo Joe by Mia Wenjen, illustrated by Nat Iwata
Sumo Joe makes Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year list!
In this sweet and funny story, Sumo Joe and his friends enjoy pretending to be sumo wrestlers. But when his little sister wants to join their boy-only game, what should Sumo Joe do?
On Saturday mornings, Sumo Joe is a gentle big brother to his little sister. But on Saturday afternoons, he and his friends are sumo wrestlers! They tie on makeshift mawashi belts, practice drills like teppo, and compete in their homemade dohyo ring. They even observe sumo’s ultimate rule: no girls allowed! But when Sumo Joe’s little sister wants to join in the fun, Sumo Joe is torn between the two things he’s best at: sumo, and being a big brother. Published by Lee and Low Books. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Asian Pacific American Heroes published by Scholastic
Meet 18 Asian Pacific American leaders from yesterday and today! From musician Bruno Mars and Olympian Chloe Kim to Chef Niki Nakayama, these real-life heroes inspire us to learn about Asian Pacific American history, language, and culture. Order here.
As a mom, dedicated kidlit reader, author, and co-founder of the non-profit Multicultural Children’s Book Day, I’ve been on a decade-long journey to discover the best diversity books in children’s literature. With a determination to change the world, one book at a time, I created BEST #OWNVOICES CHILDREN’S BOOKS: My Favorite Diversity Books for Kids Ages 1-12 as a way to highlight books written by authors who share the same marginalized identity as the characters in their books.
Inside the pages, readers, parents, caregivers, educators, and librarians will find extensive book recommendations for Native American Heritage Month #OwnVoices, Muslim #OwnVoices, Holocaust #OwnVoices, African American #OwnVoices, Asian American #OwnVoices, Latinx #OwnVoices, LGBTQ #OwnVoices, Sensory Issues #OwnVoices and much more. While change is a long time coming, it starts with a single book.
How To Coach Girls is a comprehensive guide to help coaches keep girls in sports!
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We won a Silver Award at the 31st annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™ in the Sports & Recreation category!
How to Coach Girls provides the most comprehensive guide available to the many issues associated with coaching girls’ teams across the spectrum of sports, from soccer to lacrosse, field hockey to softball. Volunteer parents and experienced coaches alike will find invaluable advice on the process of making a successful team, encouraging girls to stay in sports beyond the middle school years. Twenty-two chapters cover all the major issues, including how to pick captains, the importance of growth mindset, issues around body image and puberty, as well as the intricacies of coaching your own daughter.
Read Your World: A Guide to Multicultural Children’s Books for Parents and Educators edited by Mia Wenjen
This is a fundraiser book for Multicultural Children’s Book Day with well-known children’s book bloggers contributing diversity book lists. All proceeds go to nonprofit Multicultural Children’s Book Day.
Read Your World: A Guide to Multicultural Children’s Books for Parents and Educators brings together booklists from blogging and author contributors who have participated in Multicultural Children’s Book Day. Each list is created around a topic or theme. Themes include Diversity as every day, Africa, Antarctica, Australia, Asia, Middle East, South America, World Religion, LGBT, Special Needs, Latin America, Asian American, African American, and much more.
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.