Cat Min + Kristen Giang

Join us on May 6 at 10 AM on Crowdcast for a conversation with Cat Min, author and illustrator of Shy Willow, and Kristen Giang author of Ginger and Chrysanthemum.

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About the Event

Join author Kristen Mai Giang (GINGER & CHRYSANTHEMUM) and author/illustrator Cat Min (SHY WILLOW) for an intimate in-conversation and reading in celebration of Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Children's Book Week. The authors will team up to read from their books, ask each other questions about their work, and offer an inspiring message of empathy, Asian cultural pride, and emotional connections.

About the Books

Shy Willow

Willow is shy. VERY shy.

Her home is in an abandoned mailbox, and she'd rather stay put. Outside kids scream and soccer balls collide, trees look like monsters, and rain is noisy in a scary kind of way. It's much nicer to stay inside, drawing. But then a young boy drops a letter in Willow's mailbox: it's a note to the moon asking for a special favor. Willow knows that if she doesn't brave the world outside, the letter will never be delivered, and the boy will be heartbroken. Should she try? Can she?

Cat Min delivers a breathtakingly illustrated story about shyness, the power of empathy, and what it means to make a friend.

Ginger and Chrysanthemum

Two very different cousins must work together to save the day for Grandma's birthday! A gorgeous glimpse of Asian American culture in a story all kids will love.

Ginger is excitable; she leaps into action, throwing herself headfirst into any project. Chrysanthemum is cooler-headed; she likes to plan, she's organized. She makes lists Yet they are cousins, close as two beans in a pod. Planning Grandma's birthday celebration is going to be a huge challenge. There are presents to buy, decorations to pick, and a special birthday cake to bake.

How they manage it is a testament to affection being stronger than differences.

About the Authors

Cat Min is an illustrator, animator, and writer. Cat grew up as a shy kid in Hong Kong, where she spent most of her childhood drawing and making comic books out of printer paper and staples with her best friend. She studied animation and film at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, and completed the Illustration & Visual Storytelling Summer Residency Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York. She is also a member of SCBWI. Her (not so) guilty pleasures are: McDonald's french fries, sappy romance comics, mobile escape game apps, visual novels, and all things cheese.

Kristen Mai Giang is a Chinese American author who immigrated from Vietnam when she was 18 months old and grew up in San Gabriel, California, a melting pot of Asian cultures and cuisines, which inspired Grandma's New Asian Kitchen. Ginger and Chrysanthemum, her debut picture book, draws from these memories as well as the antics of her two children and their cousins.


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Get Your Copy

Get your copies of Shy Willow and Ginger and Chrysanthemum below.

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Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 10:00am
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Shy Willow Cover Image
By Cat Min
ISBN: 9781646140350
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Levine Querido - February 16th, 2021

Ginger and Chrysanthemum Cover Image
By Kristen Mai Giang, Shirley Chan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781646140015
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Levine Querido - October 13th, 2020

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