How This Book Got Red (Hardcover)

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If, like me, you are still pining for our recently abroad Panda friends, you can sooth with this action filled book! Red Pandas are here too and they are ready to be known! Red decides to tell her own story and takes the reader on her hilarious journey to move from the typical story of only Black and White pandas to one filled with color. A beautiful message about finding yourself in stories told with great fun. — Hannah

— From Holiday Gift Guide: Picture Books

November/December 2023 Kids Indie Next List

“A book that portrays the importance of there being a book for everyone. Poor Red the Red Panda doesn’t see herself in any books; all of the books are about Giant Pandas. So, she decides to write her own book about Red Pandas.”
— Mandy Harris, Angel Wings Bookstore, Stem, NC


None of the panda books are ever about red pandas!

Red is going to do something about that.

When Red discovers a new book about pandas, she can't wait to read it! Except it's about only one kind of panda, and red pandas are completely left out. Red never gets to read stories about pandas like herself! So she decides to take matters into her own paws and write her own book.

But sometimes Red wonders if the only kind of pandas the world sees are the black and white kind. What if nobody wants to read her book? Red must find the courage to finish her story.

About the Author

Margaret Chiu Greanias is the author of the picture books Amah Faraway and Maximillian Villainous. The daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, she grew up in New York, Texas, and California. She now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children.

Melissa Iwai is an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator of Soup Day, Pizza Day, Dumplings for Lili, and the I Can Read series Gigi and Ojiji. She has illustrated over forty picture books during her career. Melissa lives in Brooklyn with her husband and Shiba Inu daughter, Nikki. She and has a soft spot for cuteness with attitude, and red pandas and black-and-white pandas always make her smile.

Praise For…

"Recommended for those who doubt themselves or could use a confidence booster, 4.5/5 stars" — Youth Services Book Review

"Greanias illustrates perfectly, in a way that children will intuitively understand, why it’s so crucial for everyone to see themselves depicted in media… astute and adorable." — Kirkus Reviews, STARRED review

"Sweet and clever." — Book Riot

"The timeless, valued theme of friends helping each other drives much of this story… very engaging." — Children's Literature Comprehensive Database

"How This Book Got Red is a deceptively gentle tale; it’s actually a powerful story of healing that comes from finding the courage to take on righting a wrong." — New York Review of Books

"[How This Book Got Red] excels at breaking down the simplicity of wanting to be included into a charming friendship story…heartwarming." — School Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9781728265650
ISBN-10: 1728265657
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2023
Pages: 40
Language: English