Books by Paula Yoo

THE PERFECT GIFT by Paula Yoo
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018

"A perfect package of early-reader accessibility, culturally-conscious story, and inclusivity. (Early reader. 5-8)"
Welcome to a new-baby book for new readers. Read full book review >
LILY'S NEW HOME by Paula Yoo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Welcome to the neighborhood, Lily! (Early reader. 6-8)"
A debut early reader from Yoo and Ng-Benitez introduces a refreshingly diverse cast of characters in an urban setting. Read full book review >
WANT TO PLAY? by Paula Yoo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Young readers are sure to want to join Pablo, Lily, and all of their friends, and it's wonderful to note that the diverse characterization will aid in making many feel all the more included. (Early reader. 6-8)"
In the companion title to Yoo and Ng-Benitez's Lily's New Home (2015), Lily enjoys playing with a diverse group of friends in her new neighborhood.Read full book review >
TWENTY-TWO CENTS by Paula Yoo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"A heart-gladdening testament to pulling your own suspenders tight, with a little help from your friends. (Picture book/biography. 6-11)"
Microbanks aren't new, although they are gaining prominence. Here is the story of the first—or at least the formal first—and the one that gained the most notoriety. Read full book review >
SHINING STAR by Paula Yoo
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 2009

"The author's note does not clarify whether the quoted dialogue is invented or actual. (sources) (Picture book/biography. 7-12)"
The first Chinese-American movie star grew up in Los Angeles's Chinatown, working in her family's laundry, going to the movies every chance she got and even skipping school to watch the action on a local movie set. Read full book review >
GOOD ENOUGH by Paula Yoo
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Teens living through the pressure of college applications and questioning their futures will sympathize with Patti in this enjoyable, funny but not superficial read, which bears many similarities to Alex Flinn's Diva (2006). (Fiction. YA)"
Patti knows that the only thing harder than calculus, or maybe mastering the cadenza from the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E Minor, is being a PKD, a Perfect Korean Daughter. Read full book review >
SIXTEEN YEARS IN SIXTEEN SECONDS by Paula Yoo
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 2005

"This hero's inspirational story demonstrates determination and dedication by a man who never gave up and is still an active athlete today at the age of 84. (author's note) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Handsomely illustrated and compassionately written without sentimentality, this picture book biography exemplifies what this genre should be: humanizing and meaningful. Read full book review >