Today we’re thrilled to celebrate the release of Juna and Appa by Jane Park, illustrated by Felicia Hoshino! Juna and Appa comes from the creators of the award-winning picture book Juna’s Jar. In this new magical tale, Juna embarks on a journey to help her biggest hero—her Appa!
About the book:
Juna enjoys helping her father in their dry-cleaning shop on Saturdays. It’s their special time together.
One day Juna sees a customer yelling at Appa about a lost jacket. Juna has never seen her father look so worried and becomes determined to help. She sets off on a magical journey in search of the jacket, and along the way meets remarkable animals that show her the different ways that fathers care for their young.
Juna and Appa is a tender ode to fathers and to the many families working behind shop counters.
Praise for Juna and Appa:
“[A] love letter to the mom-and-pop shops that carry the hopes, dreams, and hard work of the families who run them. Alight with generosity and familial love.” –Kirkus Reviews
“Gentle watercolor illustrations mirror the text and capture the close and caring relationship that Juna and Appa share . . . This lovely message will resonate with empathetic readers everywhere.” –Booklist
Order your own copy of Juna and Appa:
or through your favorite AAPI-owned bookshop!
Jane Park (formerly Bahk) won Lee & Low’s New Voices Award for Juna’s Jar, which was also recognized with the Asian/Pacific American Library Association Award for Literature and as a Notable Book for a Global Society by the International Literacy Association. Juna and Appa was inspired by her memories of growing up in her family’s dry-cleaning shop. Park lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can visit her online at janeparkbooks.com.
Felicia Hoshino is a graphic designer and an award-winning illustrator of picture books, among them Lee & Low’s A Place Where Sunflowers Grow and Little Sap and Monsieur Rodin. In addition to creating mixed-media images for children’s books and magazines, she enjoys painting children’s portraits, cooking with her husband, and decorating the walls at home with art created by her son and daughter. Hoshino lives in San Francisco, California, with her family. Her website is felishino.com.