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.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Fiction, Picture Books
Subject Diversity
Copyright 2019
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2019-10-01
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

Note: Accelerated Reader® values are estimates.


  • MIBA Midwest Connections Pick, Winner, 2019


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


“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

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.

Author: Kao Kalia Yang

Kao Kalia Yang is a Hmong-American writer. She is the author of The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir (Coffee House Press, 2008), winner of the 2009 Minnesota Book Awards in Creative Nonfiction/Memoir and Readers Choice, and a finalist for the PEN USA Award in Creative Nonfiction and the Asian Literary Award in Nonfiction. Her second book, The Song Poet (Metropolitan Books, 2016) won the 2016 Minnesota Book Award in Creative Nonfiction Memoir. It 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. In the fall of 2019, Yang will debut her first children's book, A Map into the World (Carolrhoda Books), a creative nonfiction book about refugees in America, Somewhere in the Unknown World (Metropolitan Books), and a co-edited anthology with writer Shannon Gibney, What God Is Honored Here?: An Anthology on Miscarriage and Infant Loss By and For Women of Color (University of MN Press).