Christina Soontornvat

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Seeing Ourselves: Listen to the Kids

Christina Soontornvat on a school visit. Photo courtesy of Christina Soontornvat. When I do school visits, I always show a slide filled with covers of diverse fantasy and sci-fi. I love the reaction from the kids — they point and gasp and whisper to their friends about which ones they...

All Thirteen: Christina Soontornvat's 2021 BGHB Nonfiction Honor Speech

Thank you so much to the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards committee for selecting All Thirteen for this honor and for recognizing my work in telling the story of the Tham Luang cave rescue. When I first began working on this book, I felt a bit like the divers entering the...


As a picture book author, whenever I write a new manuscript, I always fret about ensuring that my words leave room for an artist’s interpretation. Mượn Thị Văn’s words in Wishes are so powerful — yet incredibly spare (75 words in total). I can only wonder how Victo Ngai felt when she read them for the...

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