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Kao Kalia Yang is an award-winning Hmong American author who lives in Minnesota with her husband and three children. She has written adult non-fiction and has recently debuted her first children’s book, A Map Into the World.

According to her Biography, Kao Kalia Yang was born in a Thai refugee camp in 1980 and immigrated to Minnesota when she was six. She went on to graduate from Carleton College and Columbia University. Besides writing, she is a teacher and public speaker who co-founded Words Wanted, a company dedicated to helping immigrants with writing, translating, and business services.

A Map Into the World – Picture Book

A Map Into the World (illustrated by Seo Kim) was Yang’s first picture book and tells the story of a young girl who helps her elderly neighbor find joy and a map into the world after the passing of his wife. This book is geared toward kids ages 5 to 9 years old.

Other Children’s Books by Kao Kalia Yang:

  • The Shared Room, illustrated by Xee Reiter
  • From the Tops of the Trees, illustrated by Rachel Wada
  • Yang Warriors, illustrated by Billy Thao
  • The Most Beautiful Thing, , illustrated by Khoa Le

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Adult Books by Kao Kalia Yang

Yang’s first book, The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir won the 2009 Minnesota Book Awards in Creative Nonfiction/Memoir and Readers Choice, and  was a finalist for the PEN USA Award in Creative Nonfiction and the Asian Literary Award in Nonfiction. Latehomecomer was followed by The Song Poet, which won the 2016 Minnesota Book Award in Creative Nonfiction Memoir and was a finalist for the several national awards.

Kao Kalia Yang’s Books for Adults:

  • The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father
  • Somewhere in the Unknown World: A Collective Refugee Memoir
  • The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir


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