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Ditto Kids Books We Love: AAPI Heritage Month

Happy AAPI Heritage month everyone! We've got a short round up featuring a few of our faves. If we're missing any you love, let us know! “Watercress”,  Andrea Wang  (Author)  Jason Chin  (Illustrator). A moving autobiographical story of a child of immigrants discovering and connecting with her heritage. "What's That?", Karen Chan  (Author), Basia Tran  (Illustrator). A charmer about the foods that make up who we are and how the meals we eat can bring us together. “Priya Dreams of Marigolds & Masala", Meenal Patel  (Author). A celebration of the special bond between grandparents and grandchildren, the threads that connect each of us to our heritage, and the power of sharing our traditions with others. “Eyes That Speak to the...

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Ditto Kids Illustrator Series: Jannie Ho

We love Jannie Ho's bright and playful illustrations and we were ecstatic to feature them in Issue 3. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Philadelphia, Jannie received her BFA in illustration from Parsons School of Design in New York. After graduating, she worked as an in-house graphic designer at Nickelodeon and Scholastic and as an art director at TIME for Kids. Jannie has illustrated over 50 board and novelty books, and is the author/illustrator of the picture book Bear and Chicken. Her artwork also appears in toys, stationery, and comics. Keep reading to hear more from her! What does your work mean to you? My artwork is an extension of how I see the world. It is also a...

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Ditto Kids Books We Love: Women’s History Month

Hi folks!  It might seem a little late in the game, but we'd like to  highlight a few books focusing on amazing, radical women who changed the world in their own way. Sometimes simply by being true to who they are and were. These are great books to read year-round to inspire your littles-girls, boys, and non-binary alike. “Ablaze with Color: A Story of Painter Alma Thomas”, Jeanne Walker Harvey  (Author),  Loveis Wise  (Illustrator). Told from the point of view of young Alma Thomas, readers can follow along as she grows into her discovery of the life-changing power of art. "Loujain Dreams of Sunflowers", Uma Mishra-Newbery  (Author), Lina Al-Hathloul  (Author), Rebecca Green  (Illustrator). Based on the experiences of Nobel Peace...

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Raising Peace Builders

photo by Amy Hashimoto The ongoing war in Ukraine and other conflicts around the world are heavy. Perhaps, as a caregiver or educator, you broached the subject in advance with the children in your life. Or maybe they surprised you with a question at the dinner table, in the car or at the park. For children, hearing about war may incite feelings of fear, and bring up big topics like violence and death. Between war, climate change, a rapidly changing economy, and of course, the ongoing battle with Covid-!9, our world seems especially fraught right now. Maybe it’s always been that way and we had the luxury of being ignorant to current events in a way that children today don’t....

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The True Tale of "Rainbow Grandpa"- an exclusive story by Grace Lin and Lorraine Nam

If you've been following along on instagram then you know that we are pumped about Issue 3! With a focus culture of Taiwan and value of respect, it’s here just in time for Lunar New Year. As always, it's flush with gorgeous artwork and meaningful conversation starters. And at over 20 pages longer than our previous two issues, it’s like a super edition! One of our favorite parts of creating Ditto Kids Magazine is getting to partner with so many extraordinarily talented authors, artists, and changemakers. And this issue is no different. We have the pleasure of publishing Grace Lin’s story “Rainbow Grandpa,” all about Huang Yung-fu, the 99-year old artist who preserved his village by sharing his beautiful artwork....

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