Amazing!: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Who Inspire Us All

Viking. Apr. 2023. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780593525432.
Gr 2-5–In this uplifting collected biography, the young Olympic medalists known as the ShibSibs introduce readers to influential Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. Paragraph-length profiles champion the achievements of household names such as U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, as well as those who may be new to young readers, e.g., Olympic swimmer Sammy Lee and White House chef Cristeta Comerford. This slim volume presents trailblazers from the late 1800s through to present day, and includes a thoughtful balance of genders, abilities, areas of achievement, and ethnic backgrounds. Though each individual deserves more comprehensive coverage, the compelling bite-size biographies presented here will surely invite discussion and further reading. Eye-catching, colorful illustrations accompany each brief biography, and the text is straightforward and inviting.
VERDICT A solid addition to children’s biography collections, this book is an inspiring choice to highlight during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and beyond.

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