Harper Collins

Eyes That Kiss in the Corners

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A New York Times Bestseller and #1 Indie Bestseller · A School Library Journal Best Book of 2021 · Included in NPR’s 2021 Books We Love List · Featured in Forbes, Oprah Daily, The Cut, and Book Riot · Golden Poppy Book Award Winner · Featured in Chicago Public Library’s Best Books of 2021 · 2021 Nerdie Award Winner · A Kirkus Children's Best Book of 2021

This lyrical, stunning picture book tells a story about learning to love and celebrate your Asian-shaped eyes, in the spirit of Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry, and is a celebration of diversity.

A young Asian girl notices that her eyes look different from her peers'. They have big, round eyes and long lashes. She realizes that her eyes are like her mother’s, her grandmother's, and her little sister's. They have eyes that kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea, crinkle into crescent moons, and are filled with stories of the past and hope for the future.

Drawing from the strength of these powerful women in her life, she recognizes her own beauty and discovers a path to self-love and empowerment. This powerful, poetic picture book will resonate with readers of all ages.

"This tale of self-acceptance and respect for one’s roots is breathtaking.” —Kirkus (starred review)

“A young girl finds beauty in her uniqueness.” —School Library Journal (starred review)

“A lyrical celebration of her eyes, their shape, spirit, and legacy.”  —Booklist (starred review)

“A poignant testament to familial love and legacy.” —Publishers Weekly

Plus don't miss the beautiful companion book from the same team: Eyes That Speak to the Stars.

About the author Joanna Ho

I live in the Bay Area, California with my two rascally children. When I’m not at home stepping on LEGOs and chasing around a four year-old who refuses to put on her clothes, I’m at my school doing big, important vice principal things like chasing around teenagers who refuse to go to class.

In the summer, you can find me in a muumuu and flip-flops planning trips to the beach and eating buckets of Marianne’s 1020 ice cream. In the winter, I live in baggy sweats and fuzzy socks, and I turn into a holiday tradition overlord who is determined to pack every possible holiday activity into not enough time. This is how I became a writer of children’s books; I was hunting for holiday books with diverse characters for my newborn, and realized there weren’t very many. I started writing because I believe all kids need to see themselves and others in books. 

If I’m not writing, vice-principalling, or mommying, I am most likely searching for the perfect chocolate chip cookie, reading books by diverse creators, or tromping through nature on epic outdoor adventures. 

Released in January 2021, my debut picture book Eyes that Kiss in the Corners, was an instant New York Times bestseller and I collapsed in my driveway while yelling at my editor to SHUT UP when she called to tell me the news. More upcoming picture books include: Playing at the Border: A Story of Yo-Yo Ma (September 2021), Eyes that Speak to the Stars (Jan 2022), and One Day (Winter 2023). My debut young adult novel, The Silence that Binds Us, releases in 2022. Keep your eyes open for more books to come!