Asian American Voices at the Highlights Foundation

Asian American Voices book covers
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Our Goal

To inspire children through story by amplifying the voices of Asian American authors & illustrators.

Our Action:

Craft and education, community-building, and resources and support for Asian American creatives and professionals in and around the children’s book industry.

Testimonials from the Asian American community

Being in-community with other Asian American authors and illustrators was amazing—I immediately felt at home.

The very first reader mail l received for Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen is framed on my wall to remind me that no matter what reviewers say, I write for these young readers. According to her teacher, an Asian American third grader had zero interest in reading or writing, but after she read Mochi Queen, she started reading—and decided she wanted to be a writer. At the end of third grade, she wrote and illustrated Jasmine Toguchi, Baking Queen (Book 5), and with the help of her teacher, made copies for all the third grade classes (and for me). Sometimes I have to pinch myself that there are actual readers out there reading and enjoying my books. This is a dream come true.

Thanks to the Asian American Voices Collective, stewarded by Grace Lin and Debbi Michiko Florence, for sponsoring the Asian American Voices Cabin at the Highlights Foundation.

The Asian American Voices Cabin

When visitors come to the cabin, they’ll be surrounded and inspired by the work of our community, and our Asian American voices will be seen, heard, and amplified at the Highlights Foundation.  The scholarships will play a meaningful role as they support Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander storytellers who inspire children through story.

Grace Lin & Debbi Michiko Florence

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News and Resources

Scholarships for Asian American Voices at the Highlights Foundation

Asian & Asian American Storyteller Scholarship for Asian and Asian American storytellers
Pacific Islander Storyteller Scholarship

Blogs & Podcasts

3 Questions for Mitali Perkins and Nora Shalaway Carpenter About What Great Dialogue Can Do For Your Story

3 Questions for Mitali Perkins and Nora Shalaway Carpenter About What Great Dialogue Can Do For Your Story

3 Questions for Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen About Revising Your Picture Book

3 Questions for Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen About Revising Your Picture Book

Working On a Novel in Verse and Finding Community Thanks to a Scholarship

Working On a Novel in Verse and Finding Community Thanks to a Scholarship

Podcast: Grace Lin and Debbi Michiko Florence

Podcast: Grace Lin and Debbi Michiko Florence

Upcoming Programs Featuring Asian American Voices

Talk to Me: the Ins and Outs of Dialogue that Drives Plot and Delivers Reader Satisfaction

Talk to Me: the Ins and Outs of Dialogue that Drives Plot and Delivers Reader Satisfaction

Starts: February 27, 2024

Writing Through Trauma to Empower Readers: A Working In-Community Retreat for Storytellers

Writing Through Trauma to Empower Readers: A Working In-Community Retreat for Storytellers

Starts: April 11, 2024

Non-Traditional Picture Book Structure: A Two-Night Mini

Non-Traditional Picture Book Structure: A Two-Night Mini

Starts: April 15, 2024

Asian and Asian American Voices: An In-Community Retreat

Asian and Asian American Voices: An In-Community Retreat

Starts: May 2, 2024

Working Retreat: Novelists and Graphic Novelists

Working Retreat: Novelists and Graphic Novelists

Starts: May 19, 2024

Whole Novel Workshop: An In-Person Retreat for Novelists (August)

Whole Novel Workshop: An In-Person Retreat for Novelists (August)

Starts: August 14, 2024

Working Retreat: Novels in Verse

Working Retreat: Novels in Verse

Starts: October 6, 2024

Working Retreat: Chapter Books and Early Readers

Working Retreat: Chapter Books and Early Readers

Starts: October 13, 2024

Get Involved

How will you inspire kids by amplifying the voices of Asian American authors and illustrators?

 

Our Mission in Action

Share Your Story, Inspire a Child
Scholarships
Equity & Inclusion in Kidlit
Partners & Sponsors

The Highlights Foundation positively impacts children by amplifying the voices of storytellers who inform, educate, and inspire children to become their best selves.  Learn more about our impact.