Mindy Kim

Mindy Kim written by Lyla Lee, illustrated by Dung Ho, is an early chapter book series featuring the adventures of Mindy, a young Asian American girl. Mindy wants to fit in at her new school (and get a puppy) but feels isolated when the seaweed snacks in her lunchbox get a less than enthusiastic reaction from her classmates. Luckily, new friend Sally thinks they’re as delicious as Mindy does and the two decide to start the Yummy Seaweed Business so that Mindy can raise money for her puppy! In another book in the series, the death of Mindy’s beloved haraboji (grandpa) means the whole family will travel to Korea to honor him in the annual autumn Chuseok celebration. (Early Reader and First Chapter Books)