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“[A] sure-to-inspire offering . . . Seeing all the accomplishments compiled in one place, in so many fields, gives the sense that history was—and is still being—made. The book itself is something of a parade of achievement, as each illustration is done by a different Asian American artist. The pages are colorful and action packed as well as poignant.”
– Booklist,Starred Review

Yes We Will: Asian Americans Who Shaped This Country

Written by Kelly Yang
Illustrated by (See Below)
Published by Penguin Young Readers Group

From creating beautiful music like Yo-Yo Ma to flying to outer space like Franklin Chang-Díaz; 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-Díaz
Lia Cirio
Tammy Duckworth
Jenny Han
Kamala Harris
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

Primary ISBN: 9780593463055
Publication Date: May 2022
Available As: Hardcover, Audiobook, eBook
Picture Book, Nonfiction, 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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Illustrated by: Nabi H. Ali, Fahmida Azim, Marcos Chin, Sally, Deng, Shreya Gupta, Julia Kuo. Julie Kwon, Nhung Le, Kitkat Pecson, Dow Phumiruk, Sujean Rim, Dan Santat, Yuko Shimizu, Yuewei Shi, Yao Xiao