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“In moving, lyrical prose, the book celebrates the beauty and sounds of each name alongside their culture of origin. The author builds a strong case that everyone should embrace their names and honor and learn those with which they may not be familiar.”
Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

Say My Name

Written by Joanna Ho
Illustrated by Khoa Le
Published by HarperCollins Publishers

Names reveal generational ties and histories, weaving an intricate tale of the past. Names—and correctly saying them—are important. Each one carries the hopes, dreams, and traditions of those who came before us.

Six children connect with the reader and proudly celebrate their names and backgrounds: Hé Xiao-Guang, Ofa Kivaha Tupoumalohi, Bijan Hosseini, Nizhoni Yazzie, Xóchitl Luna, and Akosua Acheampong. These captivating kids of Chinese, Tongan, Persian, Navajo, Mexican, and Ghanaian descent also honor their ancestors and cultural histories.

Primary ISBN: 9780063205338
Publication Date: September 2023
Available As: Hardcover, eBook
Picture Book, Age 04 or older

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Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: Various

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

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