Asian American Voices at the Highlights Foundation
To inspire children through story by amplifying the voices of Asian American authors & illustrators.
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
News and Resources
Scholarships for Asian American Voices at the Highlights Foundation
Blogs & Podcasts
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
Working On a Novel in Verse and Finding Community Thanks to a Scholarship
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
Starts: February 27, 2024
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
Starts: April 15, 2024
Asian and Asian American Voices: An In-Community Retreat
Starts: May 2, 2024
Working Retreat: Novelists and Graphic Novelists
Starts: May 19, 2024
Whole Novel Workshop: An In-Person Retreat for Novelists (August)
Starts: August 14, 2024
Working Retreat: Novels in Verse
Starts: October 6, 2024
Working Retreat: Chapter Books and Early Readers
Starts: October 13, 2024
How will you inspire kids by amplifying the voices of Asian American authors and illustrators?