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A Different Pond: Author Bao Phi’s 2018 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

I am so thankful to the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards committee for this honor. A Different Pond started as a very simple idea: I wanted my daughter, and the various communities she is a part of, to have a children’s book that told a story about her grandparents’ generation of working-class Vietnamese refugees. I am […]

A Different Pond: Illustrator Thi Bui’s 2018 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

I am so humbled and honored that A Different Pond is in the good company of the books being celebrated tonight. It’s like lingering at the school drop-off gate and watching your kid playing with new friends. It’s a sweet, reassuring feeling that things are gonna be alright. I want to thank the authors and […]

A Different Pond

What happens when a cartoonist/graphic novelist is tasked with illustrating a picture book? The result in this case is a phenomenal piece of work that intensely captures mood and tells an unforgettable story of endurance. Upon our first look at Bao Phi’s A Different Pond (i.e., the cover), illustrated by Thi Bui, we see a book about […]