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A New York Times Bestseller and #1 Indie Bestseller This lyrical, stunning picture book tells a story about learning to love and celebrate your Asian-shaped eyes, in the spirit of Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry, and is a celebration of diversity.

A young Asian girl notices that her eyes look different from her peers'. They have big, round eyes and long lashes. She realizes that her eyes are like her mother's, her grandmother's, and her little sister's. They have eyes that kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea, crinkle into crescent moons, and are filled with stories of the past and hope for the future.

Drawing from the strength of these powerful women in her life, she recognizes her own beauty and discovers a path to self-love and empowerment. This powerful, poetic picture book will resonate with readers of all ages.

This tale of self-acceptance and respect for one's roots is breathtaking. -Kirkus (starred review) A young girl finds beauty in her uniqueness. -School Library Journal (starred review) A lyrical celebration of her eyes, their shape, spirit, and legacy. -Booklist (starred review) A poignant testament to familial love and legacy. -Publishers Weekly
By:   Joanna Ho
Illustrated by:   Dung Ho
Imprint:   HarperCollins
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 279mm,  Width: 229mm,  Spine: 6mm
Weight:   422g
ISBN:   9780062915627
ISBN 10:   0062915622
Pages:   40
Publication Date:   18 May 2021
Recommended Age:   From 4 to 8 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Joanna Ho is passionate about equity in books and education. She has been an English teacher, a dean, and a teacher professional development mastermind. She is currently the vice principal of a high school in the San Francisco Bay Area. Homemade chocolate chip cookies, outdoor adventures, and dance parties with her kids make Joanna's eyes crinkle into crescent moons. Keep your eyes open for her next picture book, YO-YO MA: PLAYING AT THE BORDER (Fall 2021). Visit her at and @JoannaHoWrites. Dung Ho was born and raised in Hue citadel, Viet Nam where she studied Graphic Design at the Arts University. She finds inspiration in nature, the beauty of plants, flowers, and leaves. She also loves to draw interesting characters with unique personalities. Now she lives in Ho Chi Minh, Viet Nam, where she's continues to learn and develop her art, something she loves doing. When she's not drawing, she loves spending time cooking (eating), watching movies and tending her plants. Visit her at or follow her on Instagram @dunghanhho.

Reviews for Eyes That Kiss in the Corners

When the narrator comes to describe her own eyes and acknowledges the power they hold, she is posed against swirling patterns, figures, and swaths of breathtaking landscapes from Chinese culture. This tale of self-acceptance and respect for one's roots is breathtaking. -- <em>Kirkus Reviews </em><strong>(starred review)</strong>

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