The Reading Bug's First Annual AAPI Festival!

Saturday, May 18, 2024 - 11:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, May 19, 2024 - 11:00am to 5:00pm

The Reading Bug is thrilled to welcome more than a dozen authors and illustrators! FREE Boba tea with any purchase throughout the weekend while supplies last! Boba available after 2 pm each day!

About the authors attending:

 

Charlotte Cheng has written and illustrated a variety of books including Night Market Rescue, Roar-Choo!, I Miss You Most(Fall 2024), and BoBo Loves Dumplings. Represented by Red Fox Literary, Charlotte’s spoken at events and taught interactive workshops. She lives in San Mateo and enjoys playing board games and while sampling local boba beverages. You can learn more about Charlotte's work at: www.charlotte.art. Saturday 1:30pm-5 pm and Sunday 11am - 5pm 

Margaret Chiu Greanias is the author of four picture books to delight children: How This Book Got Red, Hooked On Books, Amah Faraway, and Maximillian Villainous. She grew up in San Jose, went to UC Berkeley, and currently lives in Los Altos with her husband and three kids. Sunday 11am- 1pm

Sophie Diao is a New York Times-bestselling illustrator and Bay Area native who has lived in Cupertino, Fremont, San Francisco, and now Oakland. Her debut author-illustrator book, TINY TROUBLES: NELLI’S PURPOSE, is a humorous and heartfelt introduction to mindfulness and philosophical concepts for kids. Saturday 11am-3pm

Vicky Fang is the author of the Layla and the Bots chapter books series, the Best Buddies early reader series, the I Can Code board book series, and the picture book Invent-a-Pet. She is the author-illustrator of FriendbotsAlphaBot, and the forthcoming Ava Lin and One Mad Cat series. A former Google product designer, she now writes and illustrates children’s books full-time in the SF Bay Area. You can learn more at vickyfang.com. Saturday 1:30pm - 5pm

Jane Kuo is a writer living in San Carlos, California and she wants everyone to know: her house is very close to a very nice bookstore. Saturday 11am-2pm and Sunday 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Minnie Phan is an illustrator and writer based in Oakland, CA. Her work has been featured by Google, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the San Francisco Public Library, for which she illustrated a citywide reading campaign in 2022. She is the illustrator of The Yellow Áo Dài, written by Hanh Bui, and Simone, written by Pulitzer Prize winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen. Follow her on Instagram @minnie_phan. Sunday 2pm to 4pm 

Eugenia Yoh is a Taiwanese-American book-loving mosquito-magnet living at the bottom of a hill in Berkeley, California. During the day, she works as a children's book designer at Chronicle Books, and during the night, she moonlights as an illustrator. She enjoys riding buses, mango-peach yogurts, and peering into other people's homes through their window Sunday 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Faith Kazmi is an educator and author who loved to daydream as a kid (and continues to as an adult). Deeply inspired by her Filipino heritage, she writes stories that celebrate family, culture, and love. By day, Faith works with college students around issues of equity, liberation, and care. She enjoys living in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family and their mini Goldendoodle, Coco. This is Faith's first picture book, which is truly a dream come true. Visit Faith at faithkazmi.com. Sunday 11am to 2pm

Misa Sugiura's ancestors include a poet, a priestess, a samurai, and a stowaway. She was born and raised in Chicagoland but eventually found her way to her true home in Northern California, where she lives and writes under a giant oak tree with her husband, two sons, and a cat named Mouse. Momo Arashima Steals the Sword of the Wind is her first middle-grade novel and was inspired by the gods and monsters of her parents' home country, Japan. Saturday 2pm-3pm

Nicole Chen writes books celebrating the diversity reflected in families all over the world. Her experience growing up Taiwanese American, combined with the Catalan and Spanish influences in her home now, fuels her desire to tell stories that reflect a multicultural American identity. Nicole lives in Menlo Park, California, with her Andorran husband and their young daughter. She is the author of It's Boba Time for Pearl Li! and Lily Xiao Speaks Out. Visit Nicole online at storiesbynicolechen.com. Sunday 3pm to 5pm

 

Bo Lu moved from bustling Taipei to suburban Kansas as a little girl. Before English words made sense, the world of picture books welcomed her in. It was in those pictures that she found comfort in her new beginning. As an author and illustrator, she hopes to create a safe space to explore big feelings through images and stories. Bo also finds comfort in slurping noodle soups, exploring the Bay Area Redwoods, and dancing with her girls around their dad at the dinner table. Bao’s Doll is her debut picture book. Sunday 3:30-5:00p

 

all times subject to change

Roar-Choo! By Charlotte Cheng, Dan Santat (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Charlotte Cheng, Dan Santat (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593531754
Availability: On Our Store Shelves Now
Published: Rocky Pond Books - April 9th, 2024

Night Market Rescue By Charlotte Cheng, Amber Ren (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Charlotte Cheng, Amber Ren (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593531723
Availability: On Our Store Shelves Now
Published: Rocky Pond Books - May 2nd, 2023

How This Book Got Red By Margaret Chiu Greanias, Melissa Iwai (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781728265650
Availability: On Our Store Shelves Now
Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky - October 3rd, 2023

Hooked on Books By Margaret Chiu Greanias, Kristyna Litten (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781682633670
Availability: On Our Store Shelves Now
Published: Peachtree - June 27th, 2023

Tiny Troubles: Nelli’s Purpose By Sophie Diao, Sophie Diao (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sophie Diao, Sophie Diao (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063214460
Availability: On Our Store Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - April 9th, 2024

Sarah and the Big Wave: The True Story of the First Woman to Surf Mavericks By Bonnie Tsui, Sophie Diao (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Bonnie Tsui, Sophie Diao (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250239488
Availability: On Our Store Shelves Now
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - May 11th, 2021

From Park to Playa: The Trails That Connect Us By Nell Cross Beckerman, Sophie Diao (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Nell Cross Beckerman, Sophie Diao (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781949480252
Availability: On Our Store Shelves Now
Published: Cameron Kids - May 7th, 2024

I Am Golden By Eva Chen, Sophie Diao (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Eva Chen, Sophie Diao (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250842053
Availability: On Our Store Shelves Now
Published: Feiwel & Friends - February 1st, 2022

Happy Paws: A Branches Book (Layla and the Bots #1) By Vicky Fang, Christine Nishiyama (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Vicky Fang, Christine Nishiyama (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781338582895
Availability: On Our Store Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Inc. - May 5th, 2020

A Pie for Us!: An Acorn Book (Best Buddies #1) By Vicky Fang, Luisa Leal (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Vicky Fang, Luisa Leal (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781338865578
Availability: On Our Store Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Inc. - October 17th, 2023

AlphaBot By Vicky Fang, Vicky Fang (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Vicky Fang, Vicky Fang (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781536226539
Availability: On Our Store Shelves Now
Published: MIT Kids Press - September 12th, 2023

In the Beautiful Country By Jane Kuo Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780063118997
Availability: On Our Store Shelves Now
Published: Quill Tree Books - June 6th, 2023

Land of Broken Promises By Jane Kuo Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063119048
Availability: On Our Store Shelves Now
Published: Quill Tree Books - June 6th, 2023

The Yellow Áo Dài By Hanh Bui, Minnie Phan (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Hanh Bui, Minnie Phan (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250842060
Availability: On Our Store Shelves Now
Published: Feiwel & Friends - April 25th, 2023

Simone By Viet Thanh Nguyen, Minnie Phan (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Viet Thanh Nguyen, Minnie Phan (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781662651199
Availability: On Our Store Shelves Now
Published: Minerva - May 7th, 2024

This Is Not My Home By Vivienne Chang, Eugenia Yoh Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316377102
Availability: On Our Store Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 24th, 2023

Box of Dreams By Faith Kazmi, Christine Almeda (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Faith Kazmi, Christine Almeda (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063251366
Availability: On Our Store Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - May 7th, 2024

Momo Arashima Steals the Sword of the Wind By Misa Sugiura Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593564080
Availability: On Our Store Shelves Now
Published: Yearling - January 30th, 2024

Momo Arashima Breaks the Mirror of the Sun By Misa Sugiura Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593564103
Availability: On Our Store Shelves Now
Published: Labyrinth Road - February 27th, 2024

It’s Boba Time for Pearl Li! By Nicole Chen Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780063228627
Availability: On Our Store Shelves Now
Published: Quill Tree Books - March 5th, 2024

Lily Xiao Speaks Out By Nicole Chen Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063329454
Availability: On Our Store Shelves Now
Published: Quill Tree Books - May 7th, 2024

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Bao's Doll: A Picture Book By Bo Lu Cover Image
By Bo Lu
$18.99
ISBN: 9781419769214
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - June 18th, 2024