Meet 18 Asian Pacific American female athletes from yesterday and today. They represent a range of sports and ethnicities: Eun Jung “EJ” Lee Ok (Korean American/basketball), Chloe Kim (Korean American/snowboarding), Miki Gorman (Japanese American/marathon), Victoria Manalo Draves (Filipino & European American/diver), Evelyn Tokue Kawamoto-Konno (Japanese American/swimming), Julie Chu (Chinese & Puerto Rican American/hockey), Natasha “Tasha” Kai (Filipino, Hawaiian, Chinese & European American/soccer), Michelle Wie (Korean American/golf), Kristi Yamaguchi (Japanese American/figure skating), Amy Chow (Chinese American/gymnastics), Anona Naone Napoleon (Native Hawaiian/surfing), Michelle Waterson (Thai & European American/Mixed Martial Arts), Liane Lissa Sato (Japanese American/volleyball), Catherine Mai-Lan Fox (Vietnamese & European American/swimming), Megan Khang (Hmong American/golf ), Mohini Bhardwaj (Indian & Russian American/gymnastics), and Naomi Osaka (Japanese & Haitian/tennis).
Asian Pacific American Heroes by Mia Wenjen
Meet 18 Asian Pacific American leaders from yesterday and today! From musician Bruno Mars and Olympian Chloe Kim to chef Niki Nakayama, these reallife heroes inspire us to learn about Asian Pacific American history, language, and culture. Illustrated with photos. [middle grade picture book, for ages 8 and up]
The Elusive Full Ride Scholarship by Alison Foley and Mia Wenjen
For those looking to go to college on a sports scholarship, the recruiting process can be both daunting and overwhelming. The Elusive Full Ride Scholarship: An Insider’s Guide breaks down the process step-by-step to help parents and athletes navigate the system and find the right college fit.
Sumo Joe by Mia Wenjen, illustrated by Nat Iwata
Sumo Joe is a Bank Street College’s Best Children’s Book of the Year selection.
In this sweet and funny story, Sumo Joe and his friends enjoy pretending to be sumo wrestlers. But when his little sister wants to join their boy-only game, what should Sumo Joe do? [picture book, for ages 4 and up]
How to Coach Girls by Mia Wenjen and Alison Foley
How To Coach Girls won a Silver Award in the 31st Annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™ .
How to Coach Girls provides the most comprehensive guide available to the many issues associated with coaching girls teams across the spectrum of sports, from soccer to lacrosse, field hockey to softball. Volunteer parents and experienced coaches alike will find invaluable advice on the process of making a successful team, encouraging girls to stay in sports beyond the middle school years.
With a determination to change the world, one book at a time, Wenjen created BEST #OWNVOICES CHILDREN’S BOOKS: My Favorite Diversity Books for Kids Ages 1-12 as a way to highlight books written by authors who share the same marginalized identity as the characters in their books. Inside the pages, readers, parents, caregivers, educators, and librarians will find extensive book recommendations for Native American Heritage Month #OwnVoices, Muslim #OwnVoices, Holocaust #OwnVoices, African American #OwnVoices, Asian American #OwnVoices, Latinx #OwnVoices, LGBTQ #OwnVoices, Sensory Issues #OwnVoices and much more. While change is a long time coming, it starts with a single book.
Read Your World: A Guide to Multicultural Children’s Books for Parents and Educators edited by Mia Wenjen
Read Your World: A Guide to Multicultural Children’s Books for Parents and Educators brings together booklists from blogging and author-contributors who have participated in Multicultural Children’s Book Day. Each list is created around a topic or theme. Themes include Diversity as Every Day, Africa, Antarctica, Australia, Asia, Middle East, South America, World Religion, LGBT, Special Needs, Latin America, Asian American, African American, and much more.