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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-D�az; from standing up to injustice like Fred Korematsu to becoming the first Asian 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-D�az; 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-D�az 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


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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-D�az; from standing up to injustice like Fred Korematsu to becoming the first Asian 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-D�az; 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-D�az 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

30 review for Yes We Will: Asian Americans Who Shaped This Country

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Yang

    I wrote YES WE WILL so my Asian American children can see all the glorious possibilities for what they can do when they grow up. If they can see it, they can dream it. And tomorrow, they can be it. Growing up, I didn’t get a lot of opportunities to see it. A first generation Chinese immigrant girl, I wanted to be an author. But there were so few Asian American authors that I could see, that I wondered if my dream was within the realm of possibility for me. Was I dreaming too big? Was I hoping for I wrote YES WE WILL so my Asian American children can see all the glorious possibilities for what they can do when they grow up. If they can see it, they can dream it. And tomorrow, they can be it. Growing up, I didn’t get a lot of opportunities to see it. A first generation Chinese immigrant girl, I wanted to be an author. But there were so few Asian American authors that I could see, that I wondered if my dream was within the realm of possibility for me. Was I dreaming too big? Was I hoping for too much? Those doubts and worries kept me up at night. Not only did I wonder, but my family wondered too. But I kept fighting for my dream. And when I got older, I learned of the many many Asian Americans who fought for their dreams too – in the arts, sports, architecture, fashion, science, civil rights movement, and so many more! Their contributions to this nation are awe-inspiring. And I knew I had to write this book, because YES WE WILL celebrate our voices! YES WE WILL honor Asian American heritage and history! YES WE WILL showcase the incredible Asian Americans who have pioneered, changed the world, opened doors, and helped others! So that the next generation, our children, can dream big, too. That’s why I wrote this book. I want your children, and mine, to be able to see. To know. To read about the astonishing lives of the trailblazers before them. Be inspired. And smile when they go to bed, knowing they can do anything. All they have to do is dream it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Donalyn

    Fantastic collection of notable Asian-American people and illustrators. Great jumping off point for further inquiry and exploration.

  3. 5 out of 5

    TheNextGenLibrarian

    Beautiful, important and necessary—now more than ever.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Every library needs this book--who doesn't need to learn about Asian Americans who shaped our country? I appreciated how the illustrator's names are included on the page, as well as more information in a different font. Every library needs this book--who doesn't need to learn about Asian Americans who shaped our country? I appreciated how the illustrator's names are included on the page, as well as more information in a different font.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Wiley

    This book was not only informational and inspiring, but very unique. Every page had a different Asian American illustrator! Ive never seen that done before in a book! I throughly enjoyed reading this book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus If you're a big fan of Ms. Yang's, keep her upcoming collective biography picture book on your radar as well! I have to admit that I was expecting something more along the lines of the Wallace's First Generation: 36 Trailblazing Immigrants and Refugees Who Make America Great, and was a little disappointed that I couldn't buy a copy to cut up for bulletin boards. This is more of an overview; to accompany a poem about the impact of Asian Americans on the country, th E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus If you're a big fan of Ms. Yang's, keep her upcoming collective biography picture book on your radar as well! I have to admit that I was expecting something more along the lines of the Wallace's First Generation: 36 Trailblazing Immigrants and Refugees Who Make America Great, and was a little disappointed that I couldn't buy a copy to cut up for bulletin boards. This is more of an overview; to accompany a poem about the impact of Asian Americans on the country, there are fantastic illustrations of various people by a wide variety of Asian American artists. The names of the people are included on the picture, and there are great notes in the back with further information. Great for classroom read aloud or as a springboard for research!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Michele Knott

    Gorgeous. Timely. Important.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Toni Rose Deanon

    I learned about Stella Abrera. Pretty dope.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kristen Majkut

    Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with this collective picture book biography about influential Asian Americans who helped shape this country, past and present. Also features many gorgeous illustrations by many talented artists.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sally

    An important book. A dialog introduces a number of Asian Americans, some familiar, some not. What is striking is that each spread is created by a different Asian American artist/illustrator. The author's note consists of short biographies of each person noted. They are (follow each with -American) Taiwanese, Filipino, Chinese, Costa Rican, Thai, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Hmong, Indian. Please pardon my ignorance (I acknowledge it), the range of Asian heritage is very diverse. What I'd have like An important book. A dialog introduces a number of Asian Americans, some familiar, some not. What is striking is that each spread is created by a different Asian American artist/illustrator. The author's note consists of short biographies of each person noted. They are (follow each with -American) Taiwanese, Filipino, Chinese, Costa Rican, Thai, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Hmong, Indian. Please pardon my ignorance (I acknowledge it), the range of Asian heritage is very diverse. What I'd have liked to have seen is a short page or paragraph about this range. Ignorantly, I didn't realize Indians are Asian. I also didn't know that Sandra Oh, "Gray's Anatomy" & "Killing Eve" was the "first actress of Asian descent to be nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series..." Why we need these books... What I also would have liked, and I know space in picture books is limited, is more than a list of the names of the Asian American illustrators. But it's okay that I need to look them up on my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amy Pickett

    4.5 🌟 rounded up to 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟! Yes We Will explores the many ways that Asian Americans have found to belong and thrive in the United States. Kelly Yang opens with a little information about the Transcontinental Railroad and the Chinese Exclusion Act, then transitions to spotlighting individuals and their accomplishments. Spare text accompanies showstopping illustrations by fifteen different artists. For example, “We’ll soar to new heights” is paired with Dan Santat’s two-page illustration of NBA play 4.5 🌟 rounded up to 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟! Yes We Will explores the many ways that Asian Americans have found to belong and thrive in the United States. Kelly Yang opens with a little information about the Transcontinental Railroad and the Chinese Exclusion Act, then transitions to spotlighting individuals and their accomplishments. Spare text accompanies showstopping illustrations by fifteen different artists. For example, “We’ll soar to new heights” is paired with Dan Santat’s two-page illustration of NBA player Jeremy Lin flying toward the hoop. Featured individuals include I.M. Pei, Kamala Harris, Vera Wang, Sunisa Lee, Yo-Yo Ma, and many others. Each illustrator’s style is perfectly matched to their subject. While this inspiring book can be read in minutes, it’s worth rereading to fully appreciate the stunning and varied artwork, as well as the range of achievements!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Panda Incognito

    This beautiful picture book features work from different illustrators to accompany a poem by the author, Kelly Yang. Each page spread introduces different Asian American groups or individuals that have had an impact in American history, and the book includes paragraph-length bios of them in the back. My main critique is that the text is missing multiple commas. This bothered me from a grammatical perspective, but it also bothered me from a reader's perspective, since commas are visual cues for rh This beautiful picture book features work from different illustrators to accompany a poem by the author, Kelly Yang. Each page spread introduces different Asian American groups or individuals that have had an impact in American history, and the book includes paragraph-length bios of them in the back. My main critique is that the text is missing multiple commas. This bothered me from a grammatical perspective, but it also bothered me from a reader's perspective, since commas are visual cues for rhythm. Someone who is reading this aloud to children will want to take a run-through to make sure they're confident in how to pace and emphasize different phrases.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Russell

    Lovely beginning book that features incredible Asian Americans. I enjoyed learning about the different inspirational people, some that I was familiar with, and some I was learning about for the first time. I listened to this one on audio, which I think is what contributed to the lack of a wow feeling. The narrator was great, but I think this is a book to be read in physical form (if that is an option available to you).

  14. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Great picture book biography featuring Asian Americans that fills a huge library collection gap. This book will launch a reader’s curiosity and lead them to want to learn more about each of these significant change-makers.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Krajewski

    Powerful collection of Asian American “changemakers” that shares the important message of “yes you can, and will.” I love the gorgeous illustrations by various Asian and Asian American artists along with the facts explaining each person.

  16. 5 out of 5

    A.

    A solid, affirming collective biography. I appreciated the inclusion of each artist on their spread and the additional backmatter on the changemakers featured alongside Ms. Yang's poem. Should be a good jumping-off point for additional inquiry. A solid, affirming collective biography. I appreciated the inclusion of each artist on their spread and the additional backmatter on the changemakers featured alongside Ms. Yang's poem. Should be a good jumping-off point for additional inquiry.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Joy Davenport

    A quick read for elementary kids - I would have liked a little more info about each person, but it’s great for the audience. Rating: G Recommend: 2nd and up - a good starting point for older jh/hs readers as well

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Misra

    In many ways, this is a beautiful book, the diversity of Asian folks, artists is beautiful. Important events within Asian American history was also shared. I do, of course, wish there was a little more South and Southeast Asian representation...

  19. 5 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Burkhart

    Every school library should have a copy of this informative and interesting book. It would be a very helpful resource for school projects.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kim Stock

    Short but informative. This would be a great addition to a classroom library.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bre

    Great illustrations and an amazing and important book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shilpa

    Beautifully illustrated by multiple AAPI artists and written by the amazing Kelly Yang, this book is a great addition to any family, school, or public library.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Hailey

    Loved the audio of this short little book. Definitely going to seek out the physical copy so I can see the pictures!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Judy Vergara

    Beautiful illustrations. Straight to the point. Inspiring.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Danica Page (One Page at a Time)

    Quick blurbs in a variety of spheres.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dara Yoder

    Wonderful and informative audio book courtesy of Libro.fm. I love Kelly Yang and I loved this one for sure!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    Fantastic!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    It was great to hear about an amazing group of people. I especially liked that it had multiple illustrators. That made each page fun to look at and enjoy even more talent along the way.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Eti

    Happy early Book Birthday to YES WE WILL: Asian Americans Who Shaped this Country by Kelly Yang. Yes We Will features 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. This nonfiction picture book is illustrated by a collective of 15 imaginative artists, who give life to Kelly Yang’s evocative, spare, and expansive text in a style each Happy early Book Birthday to YES WE WILL: Asian Americans Who Shaped this Country by Kelly Yang. Yes We Will features 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. This nonfiction picture book is illustrated by a collective of 15 imaginative artists, who give life to Kelly Yang’s evocative, spare, and expansive text in a style each their own, perfect for each spread about different Asian Americans who have accomplished so much, from Jeremy Lin to Fred Toyosaburo Korematsu to Kamala Harris and many more. As Kelly shared with We Need Diverse Books, “It was also super important to me that I include Asian Americans from all different backgrounds and heritages—I’m so proud that we have South Asian Americans, East Asian Americans, Black Asian Americans and Southeast Asian Americans in this book because Asian Americans are not a monolith!” Each trailblazer has a short biography in the author’s note in the back-matter that is so engaging and interesting that young readers are sure to want to dive deeper and know more. Also, can we take a moment to talk about the exquisite endpapers with images of basketballs, beakers, ballet slippers, dresses, chef’s hats, film, doves, violins, expressing those endless possibilities and futures? Yes We Will is buoyant and joyful and beautiful - and also honest about the United States’ history of anti-Asian discrimination and racism. As Kelly writes on the first pages, “A long time ago, our ancestors came to this land to build a better life. To build a better future. They were told to get out. They were told they couldn’t stay. You know what they said to that? They said, we belong here and we will thrive! Yes, we will.” Kelly is an author who will always speak the truth to and with young readers. Her respect for young people’s understandings and needs comes through in every project she does. And that’s why they continue coming back time and again for her books. (I love that she’s diving into nonfiction and I want more! Please also write an I Can Read series and a graphic novel series.) In her Edelweiss note to readers, Kelly shares, “I wrote YES WE WILL so my Asian American children can see all the glorious possibilities for what they can do when they grow up. If they can see it, they can dream it. And tomorrow, they can be it… YES WE WILL showcases the incredible Asian Americans who have pioneered, change the world, opened doors, and helped others! So that the next generation, our children, can dream big, too.” This gorgeous book belongs in every classroom, library, and home. As a picture book, it can be shared with our youngest and oldest readers, providing the spark for them all to dream big.

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