Shining a Light: Celebrating 40 Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Who Changed the World

by Veeda Bybee (Author) Victo Ngai (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 4th − 5th Grade

A collective biography of 40 influential Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, from Kalpana Chawla to The Rock to Tammy Duckworth, whose historical contributions readers may not know but whose light shines on, with stunning illustrated portraits by Hugo Award nominee Victo Ngai.

Meet forty people who helped change the world in countless ways in this beautifully illustrated collective biography.

From scientists to sports stars, aerospace engineers to artists, every person shines in this collection. Dynamic portraits portray each person with bold colors and clever, precise details. Each biography celebrates the determination and courage of people who were on the forefront of changing society.

Using their specific talents, each individual fought for the space for people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent to be seen and treated with dignity and respect. Their important legacy lives on today.

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Kirkus Reviews

Starred Review
Bold, striking, and compelling.

Review quotes

"Inspiring, uplifting, and absolutely beautiful. With its stunning illustrations and just-the-right-amount of text, SHINING A LIGHT is the nonfiction book I wish that I had as a young person. So happy that today's readers have this treasure." — Christina Soontornvat, two-time Newbery Honoree

"Growing up, Asian American and Pacific Islander history was rarely—if ever—taught at my schools. We were absent and often erased from our own country's history. SHINING A LIGHT is a beacon of information and inspiration about the incredible contributions of past and present AAPI innovators whose achievements have empowered all of us." — Paula Yoo, award-winning author of Shining Star: The Anna May Wong Story and From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement

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Publication date
March 20, 2023
BISAC categories
JNF007050 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Cultural Heritage
JNF007110 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Social Activists
JNF007120 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Women
JNF069000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Diversity & Multicultural
Library of Congress categories

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