YANG WARRIORS virtual event with Busboys & Poets, Kao Kalia Yang, and Billy Thao

Join author Kao Kalia Yang and illustrator Billy Thao for a virtual event for YANG WARRIORS with Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC on Friday, May 14.
When May 14, 2021
from 17:00 PM to 18:00 PM
Where Virtual (more info below)
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Yang Warriors 1.pngJoin author Kao Kalia Yang and illustrator Billy Thao for a virtual event for Yang Warriors with Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC on Friday, May 14 at 5:00 PM CT/6:00 PM ET. Yang will give a reading of the picture book, and Thao will share his process and inspiration in illustrating the author's story. An audience Q&A will follow the book discussion. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase from Busboys  and Poets. Register here for free

In this inspiring picture book, fierce and determined children confront the hardships of Ban Vinai refugee camp, where Kao Kalia Yang lived as a child. Accompanied by the evocative and rich cultural imagery of debut illustrator Billy Thao, the warriors’ secret mission shows what feats of compassion and courage children can perform, bringing more than foraged greens back to the younger children and to their elders. In this unforgiving place, with little to call their own, these children are the heroes, offering gifts of hope and belonging in a truly unforgettable way. 

"Yang Warriors is a gentle reminder that superheroes come in all shapes and sizes. A moving and powerful story of the hope and resilience of a Hmong family."—Carole Lindstrom, author of We Are Water Protectors

"Yang Warriors by Kao Kalia Yang and illustrated by Billy Thao has so much to love. Starting with the fact that it shows that fierce, determined, compassionate — and of course committed — children can be heroes too... The reviews describe the hope, resilience and inspiration this story holds, while offering an excellent history lesson that isn’t often covered in elementary school history classes." —Cool Mom Picks