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
★ 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