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“Gigi crafts her Japanese American identity in this ­enchanting early reader. The cuteness, inclusivity, and cross-cultural problem-solving represented will have young ­readers coming back again and again. A must-buy.”
School Library Journal,Starred Review

Gigi and Ojiji: What’s in a Name?

Written by Melissa Iwai
Illustrated by Melissa Iwai
Published by HarperCollins Publishers

Gigi wants to go by something besides her baby name—but her full name, Geraldine, is too long to write and Hanako, her middle name, doesn’t feel quite right. Will Gigi find the perfect name?

Gigi and Ojiji: What’s in a Name? is a Level Three I Can Read book. Level 3 includes many fun subjects kids love to read about on their own. Themes include friendship, adventure, historical fiction, and science. Level 3 books are written for early independent readers. They include some challenging words and more complex themes and stories. The story contains several Japanese words and a glossary of definitions.

Primary ISBN: 9780063208094
Publication Date: January 2023
Available As: Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook, eBook
Early Reader, Age 04 or older

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Setting: Unspecified

Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: 1st Generation

Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience

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