Books by April Chu

DOWN BY THE RIVER by Andrew Weiner
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 6, 2018

"No tall tale, this book delivers an authentic, heartwarming story with a focus on family and togetherness. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A leisurely paced, lushly illustrated story about a boy's first fly-fishing trip. Read full book review >
KATE WARNE, PINKERTON DETECTIVE by Marissa Moss
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2017

"A cinematic treatment of derring-do and yet another testament to the importance of women in the historical evolution of the United States. (bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
Moss tackles an important incident in the life of Kate Carter—aka Kate Warne—the first female professional private detective in the United States. Read full book review >
ADA BYRON LOVELACE AND THE THINKING MACHINE by Laurie Wallmark
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A splendidly inspiring introduction to an unjustly overlooked woman. (author's note, timeline, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
Two hundred years after her birth in 1815, the world is finally beginning to pay attention to Ada Byron Lovelace, considered by many to be the inventor of computer programming. Read full book review >
IN A VILLAGE BY THE SEA by Muon Van
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 18, 2015

"The illustrations, with strong references to Chinese pen-and-ink landscapes and Japanese woodblock prints of the sea, will draw readers to this book again and again. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In circular fashion, this simple story's narration unfolds, with great power behind the few words on each page. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"From the booming paigu to the delicate strings of the ruan, the lutelike pipa and the yangqin, or hammered 'butterfly harp,' a lively medley that will expand the musical boundaries of most young audiences. (bibliography) (Informational picture book/poetry. 6-9)"
Thirteen young musicians of diverse ethnic background ready themselves to play their traditional Chinese instruments on stage in this informative and gracefully illustrated twin debut. Read full book review >