Gigi and Ojiji: What’s in a Name?

by Melissa Iwai

On Sale: 01/03/2023

Gigi and Ojiji: What’s in a Name?

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Gigi and Ojiji: What’s in a Name?

by Melissa Iwai

illustrated by Melissa Iwai

On Sale: 01/03/2023

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Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choice

About the Book

Gigi wants to go by something besides her baby name—but her full name, Geraldine, is too long to write and Hanako, her middle name, doesn’t feel quite right. Will Gigi find the perfect name?

This exciting new I Can Read series is brought to you by author-illustrator Melissa Iwai, whose popular books include Soup Day and Dumplings for Lili.

Gigi and Ojiji: What’s in a Name? is a Level Three I Can Read book. Level 3 includes many fun subjects kids love to read about on their own. Themes include friendship, adventure, historical fiction, and science. Level 3 books are written for early independent readers. They include some challenging words and more complex themes and stories. The story contains several Japanese words and a glossary of definitions.

Praise for Gigi and Ojiji:

"Gigi crafts her Japanese American identity in this ­enchanting early reader. The cuteness, inclusivity, and cross-cultural problem-solving represented will have young ­readers coming back again and again. A must-buy." —School Library Journal (starred review)

"The text is well supported by the endearing illustrations, which capture all of Gigi’s big emotions and depict her as a biracial child, with a white father and Japanese mother." —ALA Booklist (starred review)

"An affirming option in the quickly diversifying field of early-reader books." —Kirkus Reviews

A 2023 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor title

El día de los niños, el día de los libros selection 2023

ALSC Notable 2023

CBC Teacher and Librarian Favorites Award 2023

A Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year in the 5-9 beginning reader category (2023)

A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best

A CCBC 2024 Choices for the Books for Beginning Readers category!

Critical Praise

"A must buy" — School Library Journal (starred review)

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780063208094
  • ISBN 10: 0063208091
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • On Sale: 01/03/2023
  • Pages: 32
  • List Price:21.00 CAD
  • Ages: 4 to 8
  • BISAC1 : JUVENILE FICTION / Readers / Beginner
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE FICTION / Diversity & Multicultural
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Multigenerational
  • BISAC4 : JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Asia

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