Reading and Book Launch: Kao Kalia Yang
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Reading and Book Launch: Kao Kalia Yang

The Most Beautiful Thing, by Kao Kalia Yang, illustrated by Khoa Le
The Most Beautiful Thing, Kao Kalia Yang, illustrated by Khoa Le.

Join us for a virtual reading of author Kao Kalia Yang’s forthcoming picture book The Most Beautiful Thing, available October 6 from Carolrhoda Books, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group. Yang will be joined in conversation by illustrator Khoa Le as well as partners from St. Paul Public Schools, AMAZEworks, and the Summer Literacy Institute at Hamline University. A Q&A will follow the discussion.

Drawn from the author’s childhood experiences as a Hmong refugee, The Most Beautiful Thing offers a window into the life of a family with little money and a great deal of love. Families and educators will enjoy this touching intergenerational tale.

Click here to register for this Zoom webinar. You can also stream the event on the Walker’s YouTube channel.

To purchase a signed copy of the book, visit Subtext Books.

Related Materials

Download instructions to create a photographic family collage inspired by The Most Beautiful Thing and the artwork of Frank Big Bear.

Continue the conversation about important themes in the book, such as cultural identity and socioeconomic class, with this lesson for educators and caregivers from AMAZEworks.

Learn how to incorporate The Most Beautiful Thing into your classroom with this lesson by teacher Christi Schmitt from the Nokomis Montessori Magnet School.

Kao Kalia Yang is a Hmong American writer and author of the picture books A Map into the World and The Shared Room as well as a number of books for adults, including The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir and The Song Poet. Much of Yang’s work is inspired by the people in her life whose stories have never been part of the bookshelves of a bigger world. She lives in Minnesota.

Khoa Le has illustrated picture books published in a number of different countries. She is also an author and a painter. Le has a passion for travel, an eagerness to learn about different cultures, and a desire to discover the beauty of the world. She lives in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

This live reading and discussion will have ASL interpretation and captions. For questions about accessibility at the Walker or to request additional accommodations, email or call 612-375-7564.

Free First Saturday is sponsored by

  • Ameriprise Financial
  • Medtronic Foundation

This project is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services

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