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Note: Thank you to Simon & Schuster for providing a copy to review. All opinions are my own.

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Get ready for an exciting new picture book, just in time for Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month!

AMY WU AND THE RIBBON DANCE is the newest release in a line of books written by Kat Zhang and illustrated by Charlene Chua. Ideal for young readers ages 4-8 years old, the latest installment showcases Amy Wu as she learns about Chinese ribbon dancing.

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Amy Wu is always on the move, and the storyline likewise moves the reader along with high energy and excitement. The young protagonist wants to dance and is inspired by the traditional Chinese ribbon dancers she sees on TV.

Here’s a snippet from the book:

Boom! Boom! go the drums.

Clack! Clack! go the bamboo clackers.

The music zips through Amy’s body.

Her toes tap. Her shoulders shimmy.

This is dancing like she’s never seen before.

And it is magic.

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Amy decides to have her own dance party and invites friends to come over. But first, she needs to find ribbons to dance with. She struggles to find just the right kind that clicks, snaps, flutters, and twists. Will she be able to find something that works before the party begins?

Bright, bold illustrations capture all the activity as well as the hearts of readers. This uplifting story brings Chinese culture to young readers in an accessible way that may just inspire them to create their own ribbons. They can receive guidance through craft directions at the end of the book on how to make homemade dancing ribbons.

AMY WU AND THE RIBBON DANCE is an enjoyable read for children of all backgrounds who love to move to music.


AMY WU AND THE RIBBON DANCE releases on May 30, 2023, and is available for pre-order. Find the book nationwide both online and in bookstores. Amazon offers the book in both hardcover and Kindle versions.

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One lucky reader will receive a copy of AMY WU AND THE RIBBON DANCE. Please enter via the entry form below. The giveaway is open to entrants ages 18+ years old with a U.S. mailing address (no P.O. Boxes). Good luck!

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About the Author

Kat Zhang loves traveling to places both real and fictional—the former has better souvenirs, but the latter allows for dragons, so it’s a tough choice. A writer of books for teens and children, she spends her free time scribbling poetry, taking photographs, and climbing atop things she shouldn’t. You can learn more about her at KatZhang.com.

About the Illustrator

Charlene Chua draws many things, from baos to dragons and everything in between. When they are not drawing, they enjoy cooking, reading, and playing with their cats. Charlene grew up in Singapore and now lives in Canada. Her favorite baos are still char siu baos, and her favorite dumplings are air-fryer wontons! Find out more about her at CharleneChua.com.

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