Today we’re thrilled to reveal the cover for Love Grows Here by Chloe Ito Ward, illustrated by Violet Kim! The book was edited by Sue Tarsky, with additional credit to the Albert Whitman Editorial & Creative team. It will be released in Spring 2024 by Albert Whitman and Company. Preorder it here. Keep scrolling for an exclusive note from the author!
Aiko and her Obaa are shopping for Mama when a man tells her to go back to her own country. This is her country—where she was born. Aiko learns a hard truth, but she also learns that people can be kind, and that love can grow.
A word from the author:
I will never forget the first time I heard the words, “Go back where you came from!” Words laced with venom and the not so hidden message, you look different, you don’t belong here.
The Covid-19 pandemic brought a wave of sickness but also a wave of anti-Asian hate. The words once flung at me as a child were splashed all over the news.
My hope with Love Grows Here is that one less kid has to hear, “Go back where you came from.” The words we wield hold power. They can incite hate or spread love, cause harm or create hope. Words can leave a scar or heal a heart. How will you use yours? — Chloe Ito Ward