You Are Life


Bao Phi & Hannah Li, 2022.

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You are . . . You are . . . You are . . . Every child is bursting with amazing things! This joyful picture book celebrates the wonderful and complex identities of children of immigrants and refugees. Through poetic text, acclaimed author Bao Phi (Hello, Mandarin Duck!, A Different Pond) empowers readers to embrace all that they are–a dancer, a shining light, a K-pop song–and promises them, “You are not invisible.” Alongside vibrant, collage-style artwork, this inspiring read-aloud bursts with humor, passion, and heart. It reminds young readers who they are and what they love will always be enough–a timely message for young and old alike. You Are Life features: – An author’s note from Caldecott Honor Book author Boa Phi about the origins of this poem, particularly the rise in anti-American violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. – Critical social-emotional learning (SEL) skills, including empathy, understanding, and recognizing one’s own value. – An explanation of Vietnamese terms used within the book.

Praise for You Are Life

“An affirmation for Asian American youth.”

– Kirkus Reviews

About Bao Phi and Hannah Li

Bao Phi was born in Vietnam and raised in the Phillips neighborhood of South Minneapolis. He is an author, a poet, a community organizer, and a father.

Hannah Li is a New York-based illustrator from China. She graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design and provides illustrations for newspapers and magazines such as the New York Times, Washington Post, and Harper’s Bazaar. She illustrates for publishers such as Penguin Random House and Macmillan. Hannah’s work has been recognized by the Red Dot Award, Communication Arts, American Illustration, Society of Illustrators, 3×3, and many more.

Additional information

Weight13.2 oz
Dimensions10.25 × 8.375 × .375 in

Publication date

1 September, 2022

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