Yes We Will: Asian Americans Who Shaped This Country

by Kelly Yang (Author)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

From #1 NYT bestselling author Kelly Yang comes a gorgeously illustrated picture book about Asian American changemakers doing everything they dreamed of and inspiring all of us to reach for new heights!

From creating beautiful music like Yo-Yo Ma to flying to outer space like Franklin Chang-Díaz; from standing up to injustice like Fred Korematsu to becoming the first Asian American, Black and female vice president of the United States like Kamala Harris, this book illuminates the power of Asian Americans all over the country, in all sorts of fields. Each spread is illustrated by a different renowned Asian American or Asian artist.

Alongside the poetic main text, Yes We Will includes one-line biographies of the person or historical moment featured on the page, with extended biographies at the end. Readers of different ages and needs can use the book in different ways, from classroom discussions to bedtime readalouds and more.

Yes We Will answers the question, can we accomplish whatever we dream? With love, courage, determination, and lots of imagination, we can--and we will!

Featured changemakers:

  • Franklin Chang-Díaz
  • Lia Cirio
  • Tammy Duckworth
  • Jenny Han
  • Kamala Harris
  • H.E.R.
  • Fred Korematsu
  • Padma Lakshmi
  • Sunisa Lee
  • Jeremy Li
  • Yo-Yo Ma
  • Amanda Nguyen
  • Sandra Oh
  • I. M. Pei
  • Mamie Tape
  • Peter Tsai
  • Philip Vera Cruz
  • Vera Wang
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Kirkus Reviews

Starred Review
A radiant tribute to groundbreakers to inspire the next generation.


Starred Review
Seeing all the accomplishments compiled in one place, in so many fields, gives the sense that history was--and is still being--made.

Review quotes

* "This sure-to-inspire offering by best-seller Yang features a parade of Asian American changemakers throughout the decades, as well as a history lesson on the relatively little-known yet crucial contributions of Asians to the U.S. In a sweeping manner, Yang's story covers everything from the Chinese immigrants who helped build the first transcontinental railroads and the discrimination they faced to the superstars in succeeding generations, making advancements in everything from sports to politics and fashion. . . . Seeing all the accomplishments compiled in one place, in so many fields, gives the sense that history was—and is still being—made."—Booklist, starred review

* "Succinct text and the combined talents of diverse artists bring vibrancy and color to the portrayal of Asian American pioneers. . . . A radiant tribute to groundbreakers to inspire the next generation."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Kelly Yang

Kelly Yang is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of several books for young readers, including Three Keys, Room to Dream, Key Player, and the 2019 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature winner Front Desk, which was also chosen as a Best Book of the Year by multiple publications, including NPR, The Washington Post, and the New York Public Library. Kelly's family immigrated to the United States from China when she was a young girl, and she grew up in California, in circumstances very similar to those of Mia Tang. After attending college at the age of 13, she graduated UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School. She is the founder of The Kelly Yang Project, a leading writing and debating program for children in Asia and the United States. Her writing has been published in South China Morning Post, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic. To learn more about Kelly and the Front Desk series, visit

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Dial Books
Publication date
May 20, 2022
BISAC categories
JUV004020 - Juvenile Fiction | Biographical | United States
JUV011020 - Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States - Asian American
JUV074000 - Juvenile Fiction | Diversity & Multicultural
Library of Congress categories

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