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Yes We Will: Asian Americans Who Shaped This Country

Author Kelly Yang
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From #1 NYT bestselling author Kelly Yang comes a gorgeously illustrated picture book about Asian American changemakers doing everything they dreamed of and inspiring all of us to reach for new heights!

From creating beautiful music like Yo-Yo Ma to flying to outer space like Franklin Chang-Díaz; from standing up to injustice like Fred Korematsu to becoming the first Asian American, Black and female vice president of the United States like Kamala Harris, this book illuminates the power of Asian Americans all over the country, in all sorts of fields.
 
Each spread is illustrated by a different renowned Asian American or Asian artist. Alongside the poetic main text, Yes We Will includes one-line biographies of the person or historical moment featured on the page, with extended biographies at the end. Readers of different ages and needs can use the book in different ways, from classroom discussions to bedtime readalouds and more.
 
Yes We Will answers the question, can we accomplish whatever we dream? With love, courage, determination, and lots of imagination, we can—and we will!
 
Featured changemakers:
Franklin Chang-Díaz
Lia Cirio
Tammy Duckworth
Jenny Han
Kamala Harris
H.E.R.
Fred Korematsu
Padma Lakshmi
Sunisa Lee
Jeremy Li
Yo-Yo Ma
Amanda Nguyen
Sandra Oh
I. M. Pei
Mamie Tape
Peter Tsai
Philip Vera Cruz
Vera Wang
Kelly Yang is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of New From Here, the Front Desk series, and the young adult novels Parachutes and Private Label. Her books have earned multiple awards, including the 2019 APALA Award for Children’s Literature, the Parents’ Choice Gold Medal, and multiple best of the year lists, and her writing has been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Atlantic. Kelly immigrated to the United States when she was six years old and grew up in Southern California. Today, she and her family live in Los Angeles.

Featuring beloved illustrators:
Nabi H. Ali
Fahmida Azim
Marcos Chin
Sally Deng
Shreya Gupta
Julia Kuo
Julie Kwon
Nhung Lê
Kitkat Pecson
Dow Phumiruk
Sujean Rim
Dan Santat
Yuewei Shi
Yuko Shimizu
Yao Xiao View titles by Kelly Yang
  • SELECTION
    Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
  • SELECTION
    NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies
  • SELECTION
    Texas Topaz Reading List
Texas Topaz Reading List
Bank Street College Best Children's Books of the Year
NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book


★ “[A] sure-to-inspire offering . . . Seeing all the accomplishments compiled in one place, in so many fields, gives the sense that history was—and is still being—made. The book itself is something of a parade of achievement, as each illustration is done by a different Asian American artist. The pages are colorful and action packed as well as poignant.” – Booklist, starred review
 
★ “[A] clear and concise commemoration of 200 years of accomplishments and contributions. . . . All of the art is striking. . . . [A] perfect read-aloud book. . . . Readers will learn about a variety of incredible figures, and will surely want to know more. A must-have book for all collections, offering an array of personalities and contributors under Yang’s thoughtful gaze.” – School Library Journal, starred review
 
★ “Succinct text and the combined talents of diverse artists bring vibrancy and color to the portrayal of Asian American pioneers. . . . Every illustration is unique in scope and style to match the spotlighted individual. . . . A radiant tribute to groundbreakers to inspire the next generation.” – Kirkus, starred review

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From #1 NYT bestselling author Kelly Yang comes a gorgeously illustrated picture book about Asian American changemakers doing everything they dreamed of and inspiring all of us to reach for new heights!

From creating beautiful music like Yo-Yo Ma to flying to outer space like Franklin Chang-Díaz; from standing up to injustice like Fred Korematsu to becoming the first Asian American, Black and female vice president of the United States like Kamala Harris, this book illuminates the power of Asian Americans all over the country, in all sorts of fields.
 
Each spread is illustrated by a different renowned Asian American or Asian artist. Alongside the poetic main text, Yes We Will includes one-line biographies of the person or historical moment featured on the page, with extended biographies at the end. Readers of different ages and needs can use the book in different ways, from classroom discussions to bedtime readalouds and more.
 
Yes We Will answers the question, can we accomplish whatever we dream? With love, courage, determination, and lots of imagination, we can—and we will!
 
Featured changemakers:
Franklin Chang-Díaz
Lia Cirio
Tammy Duckworth
Jenny Han
Kamala Harris
H.E.R.
Fred Korematsu
Padma Lakshmi
Sunisa Lee
Jeremy Li
Yo-Yo Ma
Amanda Nguyen
Sandra Oh
I. M. Pei
Mamie Tape
Peter Tsai
Philip Vera Cruz
Vera Wang

Author

Kelly Yang is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of New From Here, the Front Desk series, and the young adult novels Parachutes and Private Label. Her books have earned multiple awards, including the 2019 APALA Award for Children’s Literature, the Parents’ Choice Gold Medal, and multiple best of the year lists, and her writing has been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Atlantic. Kelly immigrated to the United States when she was six years old and grew up in Southern California. Today, she and her family live in Los Angeles.

Featuring beloved illustrators:
Nabi H. Ali
Fahmida Azim
Marcos Chin
Sally Deng
Shreya Gupta
Julia Kuo
Julie Kwon
Nhung Lê
Kitkat Pecson
Dow Phumiruk
Sujean Rim
Dan Santat
Yuewei Shi
Yuko Shimizu
Yao Xiao View titles by Kelly Yang

Awards

  • SELECTION
    Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
  • SELECTION
    NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies
  • SELECTION
    Texas Topaz Reading List

Praise

Texas Topaz Reading List
Bank Street College Best Children's Books of the Year
NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book


★ “[A] sure-to-inspire offering . . . Seeing all the accomplishments compiled in one place, in so many fields, gives the sense that history was—and is still being—made. The book itself is something of a parade of achievement, as each illustration is done by a different Asian American artist. The pages are colorful and action packed as well as poignant.” – Booklist, starred review
 
★ “[A] clear and concise commemoration of 200 years of accomplishments and contributions. . . . All of the art is striking. . . . [A] perfect read-aloud book. . . . Readers will learn about a variety of incredible figures, and will surely want to know more. A must-have book for all collections, offering an array of personalities and contributors under Yang’s thoughtful gaze.” – School Library Journal, starred review
 
★ “Succinct text and the combined talents of diverse artists bring vibrancy and color to the portrayal of Asian American pioneers. . . . Every illustration is unique in scope and style to match the spotlighted individual. . . . A radiant tribute to groundbreakers to inspire the next generation.” – Kirkus, starred review

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