Fall 2019

A Map into the World

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

“Filled with wonder and sorrow and happiness.”
—Alison McGhee, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Someday
A heartfelt story of a young girl seeking beauty and connection in a busy world.

As the seasons change, so too does a young Hmong girl’s world. She moves into a new home with her family and encounters both birth and death. As this curious girl explores life inside her house and beyond, she collects bits of the natural world. But who are her treasures for?
A moving picture book debut from acclaimed Hmong American author Kao Kalia Yang.

Format Your Price
978-1-5415-3836-8
$13.49
978-1-5415-6104-5
$20.99
Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Fiction, Picture Books
Subject Diversity, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2019
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2019-10-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV011020, JUV039030, JUV013000
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.25 x 11
Lexile 560
Guided Reading Level P
ATOS Reading Level 3.7
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 503619
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews

Awards

  • Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book, Commended, 2020
  • Minnesota Book Award Finalist, Runner-up, 2020
  • ALA Notable Children's Books, Winner, 2020
  • Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices, Winner, 2020
  • MIBA Midwest Connections Pick, Winner, 2019
  • Kirkus Best Children's Books, Winner, 2019

Reviews

The Horn Book Magazine

“Culturally specific details are naturally incorporated into the text and into the textured, delicate-lined, digitally created illustrations.”—The Horn Book Magazine

Shelf Awareness

“[A] quietly uplifting picture book.”—Shelf Awareness

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“A gentle, subtle introduction to life’s changes and seasons, this comfortingly allows kids to approach difficult topics from a safe distance.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Booklist

“Kim’s digital artwork using pastels, graphite, watercolors, and hand-scanned textures captures the warmth of family, the charm of changing seasons, and the depth of friendships.”—Booklist

Publishers Weekly

“A distinctive story that weaves together threads of family life, community and culture, the natural world, and the power of stories.”—starred, Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“Contemplative, curious, and kind.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews

Sarah Park Dahlen

“A young Hmong girl settles into her new home, and as the seasons change, so does the world around her. A Map Into the World is a beautiful and hopeful story about love and loss, family and friendship, and it belongs in every reader’s hands.”—Sarah Park Dahlen, Associate Professor in the MLIS Program at St. Catherine University

Bao Phi

“With the clear, careful, and beautiful language we’ve come to expect from her, Kao Kalia Yang unfurls her first children’s book, a journey waiting to reward our every step.”—Bao Phi, author of A Different Pond

Alison McGhee

“The world of this book is filled with wonder and sorrow and happiness. Kao Kalia Yang’s lovely, gentle story will keep readers young and old returning to these pages again and again.”—Alison McGhee, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Someday

Matt de la Peña

“Powerful, beautiful, and transcendent.”—Newbery medalist and New York Times bestselling author Matt de la Peña

Author: Kao Kalia Yang

Kao Kalia Yang is a Hmong-American writer. Born in the refugee camps of Thailand to a family that escaped the genocide of the Secret War in Laos, she came to America at the age six. Yang holds degrees from Carleton College and Columbia University. She is the author of The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir winner of the 2009 Minnesota Book Awards in Creative Nonfiction/Memoir and Readers' Choice, a finalist for the PEN USA Award in Creative Nonfiction and the Asian Literary Award in Nonfiction. The book is a National Endowment for the Arts Big Read title and on the roster of the American Place Theatre's Literature to Life Program. Her second book, The Song Poet won the 2016 Minnesota Book Award in Creative Nonfiction Memoir, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Chautauqua Prize, a PEN USA Award in Nonfiction and the Dayton's Literary Peace Prize. The book is the first Hmong story adapted into an opera by the Minnesota Opera and will premiere in the spring of 2021. Yang debuted her first children's book, A Map Into the World (Carolrhoda Books) and a co-edited collection titled What God is Honored Here?: Writings on Miscarriage and Infant Loss By and For Indigenous Women and Women of Color (University of MN Press) in the fall of 2019. In the spring of 2020, her second children's book The Shared Room (University of MN Press) and third work of creative nonfiction, a collective memoire about refugee lives, Somewhere in the Unknown World (Metropolitan Books), will be published. In October 2020, she will release The Most Beautiful Thing (Carolrhoda Books). Kao Kalia Yang is also a teacher and a public speaker.

Illustrator: Seo Kim

Seo Kim received her MFA in Illustration Practice from Maryland Institute College of Art. A South Korean native, she divides her time between Busan and Baltimore. Seo lives with her family in Baltimore, Maryland, where she teaches illustration at Towson University.