In a Village by the Sea


By Mượn Thị Văn / Illustrations by April Chu

★ Northern California Book Awards Children’s Literature, Younger Readers Winner
Huffington Post Best Picture Books Best Surprise Winner
★ New York Public Library’s 100 Notable Titles for Reading and Sharing Selection
★ New York Public Library Best Books for Kids Selection
★ Junior Library Guild Selection
Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Books Selection
★ Pennsylvania Center for the Book Best Children's Books Selection
★ Lee & Low New Voices Honor Award
★ Georgia Book Award Finalist
★ Cybils Award Finalist
★ Nutmeg Book Award Nominee
★ Star of the North Book Award Nominee
Kirkus Reviews Starred Review
Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"As minimal as the text might initially appear, Muon Van’s debut picture book is as deep as the Sea she references in her title . . . Van and Chu’s paper and ink manifestation of family and history is magnificent to behold. Read it, love it, share it."
-Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

"Among the pleasures this book offers is a celebration of home and family that’s made all the richer by its awareness of the ever-looming possibility of tragedy . . . there’s a nod to the mysterious power of art to help get us through that kind of waiting, too."
-Maria Russo, The New York Times

"At first glance, In a Village by the Sea appears to be a straightforward story about family, but Van’s clever nesting doll narrative and Chu’s playful illustration sprinkle the story with a healthy dusting of magic and surprise."
-Minh Lê, The Huffington Post