Board Books

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Board Books
Tig, Toog = Hip, Hop
Author: Catherine Hnatov

Board book. Text in Hmong and English. Domestic animals. Age: Birth-5.

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Board Books
Kaum Tus Me Nyuam Ntses
Author: Yee Lee

Board book. Text in Hmong and English. Alternate Title: Ten little fish. Age: Birth-2.

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Leej twg nyob ntawm nod? Tsiaj nyeg = Who lives here? Pets
Author: Kathleen Rizzi

Board book. Text in Hmong and English. "From puppies to kittens to goldfish or hamsters, we share our homes with special animals. They are our pets and members of our families. With each flip of a flap, babies and toddlers will have lots of fun talking about and discovering pictures of each animal and its home within our homes"--P. [4] of cover. Age: Birth-5.

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I Can Do It
Author: Mykou Thao

Board book. Text in Hmong and English. Alternate title: Kuo Ua Tau. Features Gaolu, a whimsical and courageous Hmong girl who teaches our children that they can accomplish whatever they set their hearts to. Age: Birth-3.

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Ua Si, Ua Si!
Author: Mykou Thao

Board book. Text in Hmong. Tub looks for someone to play with and finds many animal friends along the way. Age: Birth-3.

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Picture Books

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Picture Books
I Won’t Bite!
Author: Rod Campbell

Child picture book. Text in Hmong and English. Alternate title: I won't bite. Touch-and feel the animals who will not bite, but look out for the crocodile's sharp teeth! Age: 5-8.

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Grandfather's Story Cloth
Author: Linda Gerdner

Child picture book. Text in Hmong and English. Alternate title: Yawg daim paj ntaub dab neeg. Ten-year-old Chersheng helps his beloved grandfather cope with his failing memory, brought on by Alzheimer's disease, by showing him the story quilt Grandfather made after fleeing his homeland, Laos, during wartime. Age: 5-8.

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The Forbidden Treasure
Author: See Lor

Child picture book. Folklore. Age: 4-7.

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The Greedy Couple
Author: See Lor

Child picture book. When Greedy Husband dies, Greedy Wife needs help to harvest the rice in her fields. She hires a poor farmer but learns an important lesson from him about kindness and honesty. Age: 5-9.

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Ka's Garden
Author: Maggie Lee McHugh

Child picture book. Text in Hmong and English. Alternate Title: Kab lub vaj. “As Ka learns about gardening, the reader learns about traditional Hmong culture as well as the belief that everything on earth is part of the circle of life. Ka discovers the interconnectedness of the earth, the plants, and the animals. She learns the importance of sharing what the earth has provided to feed the animals and nourish her family. Ka's Garden is a place where the earth and all creatures come to life to create balance and harmony, a place where all can gather to celebrate the Hmong way of living."--Website. Age: 4-7

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Picture Books
The Whispering Cloth: A Refugee’s Story
Author: Pegi Deitz Shea

Child picture book. Young Mai's grandmother teaches her to make the traditional Hmong pa ndau storycloth while they are living in a refugee camp in Thailand. Mai weaves her life and dreams into her pa ndau and when it comes time to sell it so that her family may leave the camp, she questions whether she will be able to do so. Age: 5-7

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The Ball That Did Not Like to Bounce
Author: Brendon Vreeman

Child picture book. George is different from the other balls he knows. Follow him on a journey to find out if being different is okay. Age: 4-8.

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Pickles + Ocho
Author: Dan Wellik

Child picture book. Pickles is a very happy French bulldog who lives in a big house. He has lots of toys and gets lots of attention from his two papas. Life for Pickles is perfect--until Ocho arrives. Age: 4-8.

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Qhov phajtshab : Hmoob ib Lub Xyoo
Author: Ia Xiong

Child picture book. Text in Hmong. Alternate title: Gift : the Hmong New Year. Dao, a Hmong-American girl, has a social studies project to do but has no idea how to get started until her grandfather comes to her aid. With information and help from the older generation, Dao learns how the Hmong celebrated the New Year in her grandparents' time. Age: 8-11.

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A Map into the World
Author: Kao Kalia Yang
Child picture book. Paj Ntaub, a young Hmong American girl, spends a busy year with her family in their new home, and seeks a way to share the beauty of the world with a grieving neighbor. Age: 5-8. Where to Find:
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New Life in America
Author: Sheng Yang

Child picture book. Text in Hmong and English. Alternate Title: Lub Neej Tshiab Nyob Tebchaws Amiskas. Age: 4-7.

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Early Readers

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Early Readers
Pa Lia’s First Day
Author: Michelle Edwards
Child fiction book. On the first day of second grade at her new school, Pa Lia Vang discovers that things are not as bad as she had feared. Age: 5-8. Where to Find:

Graphic Novel

Graphic Novel
The Collection
Author: Duachaka Her

Child graphic novel. On the first day of school, fifth grader Duab gets assigned a "family heritage project" that includes making a class presentation. Duab feels uncomfortable talking about her Hmong background in this mainly white community. She also has to help her little sister get used to school and help her mother host a family reunion party. Follow Duab as she tries to balance her school and home life while discovering the importance of her culture. Age: 8-11.

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Then and Now
Author: Duachaka Her

Child graphic novel. Yia, a young girl, works with her parents farming the land and wishes she could go to America, like her older sister. Years later, when Yia is living in America, she takes her children to tend their vegetable garden because this reminds her of the home she misses. Age: 8-11.

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Kickoff Blitz
Author: B.A. Hoena

Child graphic novel. When Tou Yang's football team plays the team from his former school, where he was picked on for being small, he struggles to remain focused and use his skills against Darren, who still wants to bully him. Age: 8-11.

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Fiction

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Fiction
Little Cricket
Author: Jackie Brown
Child fiction book. After the upheaval of the Vietnam War reaches them, twelve-year-old Kia and her Hmong family flee from the mountains of Laos to a refugee camp in Thailand and eventually to the alien world of Saint Paul, Minnesota. Age: 8-11. Where to Find:
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Fiction
Tangled Threads : A Hmong Girl’s Story
Author: Pegi Deitz Shea

Child fiction. After ten years in a refugee camp in Thailand, thirteen-year-old Mai Yang travels to Providence, Rhode Island, where her Americanized cousins introduce her to pizza, shopping, and beer, while her grandmother and new friends keep her connected to her Hmong heritage. Age: 10-14.

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Nonfiction

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Nonfiction
Nine-in-one, Grr! Grr!
Author: Blia Xiong

Child nonfiction book. Text in Hmong and English. Alternate title: Cuban tug-ib-xyoos, Mlaug! Mlaug. When the great god Shao promises Tiger nine cubs each year, Bird comes up with a clever trick to prevent the land from being overrun by tigers. Age: 5-8.

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Dia’s Story Cloth
Author: Dia Cha

Child nonfiction book. Alternate title: Hmong people's journey of freedom. The story cloth made for her by her aunt and uncle chronicles the life of the author and her family in their native Laos and their eventual emigration to the United States. Age: 6-11.

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Jouanah, a Hmong Cinderella
Author: Jewell Reinhart Coburn

Child nonfiction book. Alternate Title: Ntsuag Nos : Ib Tug Cinderella Hmoob. Despite a cruel stepmother's schemes, Jouanah, a young Hmong girl, finds true love and happiness with the aid of her dead mother's spirit and a pair of special shoes. Age: 5-8.

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Mai Ya's Long Journey
Author: Sheila Cohen

Child nonfiction book and e-book. Relates the personal story of Mai Ya Xiong and her family and their journey from the Ban Vinai refugee camp in Thailand to a new life in Madison, Wisconsin. Age: 8-13.

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Dance, Mice, Dance!
Author: Guangcai Hao

Child nonfiction book. Text in Hmong and English. Alternate title: Seevce, nas tsuag, seevcev! Jimmy Tune, a magic flute player, finds success when he teams up with some mice. Age: 8-11.

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Farmer Boy
Author: Peggy B. Mathews

Child nonfiction book. Text in Hmong and English. Alternate title: Tub qoob tub loo. A story from the Hmong culture telling how it began that farmers have to work hard to harvest their fields. Age: 5-8.

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Many Ideas Open the Way : A Collection of Hmong Proverbs
Author: Randy Snook

Child nonfiction book. Text in Hmong and English. A collection of twenty proverbs from the Hmong tradition, such as "The mouth tastes food; the heart tastes words," which represent the culture and heritage of this South Asian people. Age: 5-8.

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Only a Toad
Author: Cher Thao

Child nonfiction book. Text in Hmong and English. A toad, dissatisfied with his lot in life, ventures out into the world and discovers that being a toad is not so bad after all. Age: 5-8.

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Grandma's Hmong New Year celebration
Author: Maiker Vang

Child nonfiction book. Text in Hmong and English. Social life and customs. Age: 8-11.

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The Story of the Turtle and the Giant Hornbill
Author: Gerry Vue

Child nonfiction book. Text in Hmong and English. Alternate Title: Dab neeg hais txog vaub kib thiab nkawm naim txiv noog tuam haum vag. A Hmong folktale describing how the turtle acquired its cracked shell. Age: 6-12.

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The Hemp and the Beeswax
Author: Moua Ia Yang
Child nonfiction book. Text in Hmong, English and Laotian. Alternate title: Xuv maaj hab cabntaab. “The Cinderella story is told worldwide. The Hmong Cinderella brings alive the Laotian Hmong culture in a favorite folktale." --Back cover. Where to Find:
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The Latehomecomer : A Hmong Family Memoir
Author: Kao Kalia Yang

Child nonfiction book, audiobook on CD, audiobook on playaway, or e-book. Presents the journey from refugee camp to America and the hardships and joys of a family's struggle to adapt in a strange culture while holding onto traditions that are passed down from their beloved grandmother. Age: 10+

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The Song Poet : A Memoir of My Father
Author: Kao Kalia Yang

Child nonfiction book, audiobook on CD, e-book, or e-audiobook. "From the author of The Latehomecomer, a powerful memoir of her father, a Hmong song poet who sacrificed his gift for his children's future in America. In the Hmong tradition, the song poet recounts the story of his people, their history and tragedies, joys and losses; extemporizing or drawing on folk tales, he keeps the past alive, invokes the spirits and the homeland, and records courtships, births, weddings, and wishes.” -- Provided by publisher. Age: 10+

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Audiobooks

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Audiobooks
The Latehomecomer : A Hmong Family Memoir
Author: Kao Kalia Yang

Child nonfiction book, audiobook on CD, audiobook on playaway, or e-book. Presents the journey from refugee camp to America and the hardships and joys of a family's struggle to adapt in a strange culture while holding onto traditions that are passed down from their beloved grandmother. Age: 10+

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The Song Poet : A Memoir of My Father
Author: Kao Kalia Yang

Child nonfiction book, audiobook on CD, e-book, or e-audiobook. "From the author of The Latehomecomer, a powerful memoir of her father, a Hmong song poet who sacrificed his gift for his children's future in America. In the Hmong tradition, the song poet recounts the story of his people, their history and tragedies, joys and losses; extemporizing or drawing on folk tales, he keeps the past alive, invokes the spirits and the homeland, and records courtships, births, weddings, and wishes.” -- Provided by publisher. Age: 10+

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eBooks

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eBooks
Mai Ya's Long Journey
Author: Sheila Cohen

Child nonfiction book and e-book. Relates the personal story of Mai Ya Xiong and her family and their journey from the Ban Vinai refugee camp in Thailand to a new life in Madison, Wisconsin. Age: 8-13.

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The Latehomecomer : A Hmong Family Memoir
Author: Kao Kalia Yang

Child nonfiction book, audiobook on CD, audiobook on playaway, or e-book. Presents the journey from refugee camp to America and the hardships and joys of a family's struggle to adapt in a strange culture while holding onto traditions that are passed down from their beloved grandmother. Age: 10+

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The Song Poet : A Memoir of My Father
Author: Kao Kalia Yang

Child nonfiction book, audiobook on CD, e-book, or e-audiobook. "From the author of The Latehomecomer, a powerful memoir of her father, a Hmong song poet who sacrificed his gift for his children's future in America. In the Hmong tradition, the song poet recounts the story of his people, their history and tragedies, joys and losses; extemporizing or drawing on folk tales, he keeps the past alive, invokes the spirits and the homeland, and records courtships, births, weddings, and wishes.” -- Provided by publisher. Age: 10+

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