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See Us Bloom : Poems on Compassion, Acceptance, and Bravery

See Us Bloom : Poems on Compassion, Acceptance, and Bravery

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Words By: Kyunghee Kim | Art By: Emily Paik

Find a piece of yourself in these comforting poems and lyrical illustrations

A collection of free verse poetry that follows a young Jewish-Korean child moving to a new home, community, and school where he navigates social-emotional growth while staying true to who he is.

This picture book centers Asian-American experiences and will take readers on a journey to discover their own identities, find inner strength, and inspire them to love themselves—and one another.


“Every comforting poem prompts a new conversation for both young and old...This is a book you’ll read over and over.”—Susan Dobrodt, Retired Elementary School Librarian and Founder, Red Canoe Reader


Poetry, Realistic Fiction, Metaphor, Second Person, Asian American, Friendship Stories, Immigration and Emigration, New Experiences, School Stories, Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Relationship Skills, Social-Emotional Learning, Stories About Me, Picture Book, Growth Mindset

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Reading Level Recommendations

Grades: K-3

Ages: 5-7


Subject Categories

JUV070000-JUVENILE FICTION / Poetry (see also Stories in Verse)
JUV039250-JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emigration & Immigration
JUV011020-JUVENILE FICTION / Asian American & Pacific Islander


Hardcover: 9781735031941

Paperback: 9798986755830

eBook: 9798986755816


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Meet the Author

Kyunghee Kim is a poet, writer, and a public school educator. When writing, she often draws on her own Korean American experiences and explores themes of identity and belonging. She believes that stories have the power to bring connection and compassion. Kyunghee lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan with her husband whom she enjoys going on hikes and food adventures with. She writes for both children and adults.

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Meet the Illustrator

Emily Paik is a South Korean illustrator. She loves illustrating children’s books and is inspired by the colors and shapes of nature. Emily hopes that her illustrations make children smile and their hearts feel warm. Emily lives with her two dogs, Tofu and Doona, and loves going on outdoor adventures with them.

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