Phi, Bao

Contact info:

Lives in: Minneapolis, MN

Email: [email protected]


Author of: Picture Books and Adult Poetry

Age Group: Kids and Adults


Picture Books:

Hello, Mandarin Duck! Capstone Publishing, Forthcoming: 2/1/2021

My Footprints. Capstone Publishing, 2019

A Different Pond. Capstone Publishing, 2017

Poetry Collections:

Collected Poems. Song I Sing. Coffee House Press, 2011

Collected Poems. Thousand Star Hotel. Coffee House Press, 2017

For a more extensive list of publications, please visit

Book Awards:

Caldecott Honor, Ezra Jack Keats New Writer and New Illustrator Honors, The Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, Booklist Editor’s Choice, a Hornbook Fanfare book.

A Different Pond was named among the best books of the year by Kirkus, Washington Post, Huffington Post, The Boston Globe, School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and many others. A Different Pond also received the Charlotte Zolotow Award for Excellence in picture book writing.

My Footprints was named a Best Fiction Book for Young Readers by the Chicago Public Library, and Betsy Bird’s SLJ Best Picture Books of 2019 list.


Bao Phi is a poet and children’s book author, a single co-parent father, an arts administrator, and a Vietnamese American Minnesotan. For more about the author, visit


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