Title: Eyes That Kiss In The Corners
By: Joanna Ho and illustrated by Dung Ho
The Skinny: The main character, a young girl of Asian descent, goes on a journey of self discovery and pride for herself and her culture. She notices how her eyes are different from her those of her peers and recognizes the beauty and power of where she comes from.
The Pros: Lovely poetic prose, easy to read to kids, and easy for kids to read themselves. The illustrations are gorgeous, and I felt like flipping through the pages over and over just to look at them!
The Cons: None.
The Bottom Line: Eyes That Kiss in the Corners is a wonderful story, sure to spark conversations around race, representation, and cultural pride in readers of all backgrounds. It’s a simple yet powerful tale of a young girl who sees the beauty of her “eyes that kiss in the corners” in herself, her mother, grandmother, and sister.