Eyes That Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho

New York Times Bestseller and #1 Indie Bestseller

This lyrical, stunning picture book tells a story about learning to love and celebrate your Asian-shaped eyes, in the spirit of Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry, and is a celebration of diversity.

A young Asian girl notices that her eyes look different from her peers’. They have big, round eyes and long lashes. She realizes that her eyes are like her mother’s, her grandmother’s, and her little sister’s. They have eyes that kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea, crinkle into crescent moons, and are filled with stories of the past and hope for the future.

Drawing from the strength of these powerful women in her life, she recognizes her own beauty and discovers a path to self-love and empowerment. This powerful, poetic picture book will resonate with readers of all ages.

“This tale of self-acceptance and respect for one’s roots is breathtaking.” —Kirkus (starred review)

“A young girl finds beauty in her uniqueness.” —School Library Journal (starred review)

“A lyrical celebration of her eyes, their shape, spirit, and legacy.”  Booklist (starred review)

“A poignant testament to familial love and legacy.” —Publishers Weekly

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Message from the Author :

I live in the Bay Area, California with my two rascally children. When I’m not at home stepping on LEGOs and chasing around a toddler who won’t put on her pull-up, I’m at my school doing big, important vice principal things like chasing around teenagers who refuse to go to class.

In the summer, you can find me in a muumuu and flip-flops planning trips to the beach and eating buckets of Marianne’s 1020 ice cream. In the winter, I live in baggy sweats and fuzzy socks, and I turn into a holiday tradition overlord who is determined to pack every possible holiday activity into not enough time. This is how I became a writer of children’s books; I was hunting for holiday books with diverse characters for my newborn, and realized there weren’t very many. I started writing because I believe all kids need to see themselves and others in books.

If I’m not writing, vice-principalling, or mommying, I am most likely searching for the perfect chocolate chip cookie, reading books by diverse creators, or tromping through nature on epic outdoor adventures.

My debut picture book, Eyes that Kiss in the Corners, will be released on January 5, 2021. More upcoming picture books include: Playing at the Border: A Story of Yo-Yo Ma (Fall 2021) and One Day (Winter 2023). My debut young adult novel, The Silence that Binds Us, releases in 2022. Keep your eyes open for more books to come!

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