The Most Beautiful Thing: Review by Kirkus

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING BY KAO KALIA YANG ; ILLUSTRATED BY KHOA LE ‧ RELEASE DATE: OCT. 6, 2020A deep and moving reflection on enduring hardship and generational love. Kalia’s grandmother holds a revered place among her Hmong family. Her origins feel almost mythic in stature as Kalia recounts how no one knows Grandma’s true age and how, as a […]

Minnesota writers trust kids to take on difficult topics in new picture books

Our children need to talk and learn about scary stuff going on in our world today, even if the conversation is difficult for adults, whether it’s the death of a child or the Earth without humans. That’s the message from award-winning Minnesota writers Kao Kalia Yang and John Coy, who will talk about their new […]

The Shared Room: Reading and discussion

Join me in a reading and discussion of The Shared Room on Wednesday, June 17th!

The Shared Room: Review by the Pioneer Press

Two children’s picture books, an author who takes us to the seas, a fictional visit to old Deadwood, S.D., and stories about a woman who loves to travel. Today we offer a wide variety of early summer reading by Minnesota authors. ‘The Shared Room’ Award-winning writer Kao Kalia Yang and artist Xee Reiter tell the […]

How to tell bedtime stories in the age of coronavirus

I tell stories for a living. I look at the faces of my audience. I register the silence in a room and then call on the forces that inspire me to tell the stories I have been waiting my whole life to hear. Stories about the old who somehow survive the wars that decimate their […]



In fall 2019, we released A Map into the World by Kao Kalia Yang. In this heartfelt picture book, Kalia and illustrator Seo Kim tell the story of a young Hmong girl who experiences the cycle of the seasons as well as the cycle of life, welcoming twin baby brothers along with watching her across-the-street neighbor Bob […]

Virtual Launch: The Shared Room

Come to the virtual launch of The Shared Room! When is a good time to speak to a child of grief, to teach them of loss, to speak of those who have gone, who are leaving, who will be so desperately missed? These are some of the big questions of my life and my art. […]