The Words We Share

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Annick Press
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8.5 X 11.0 X 0.4 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

JACK WONG is based in Kjipuktuk/Halifax, Nova Scotia. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Vancouver, Jack creates stories indelibly marked by a first-generation Asian Canadian experience.


"The Words We Share is a tender story of a father and his daughter--newcomers to Canada--and how each must hold the mantle of language for the other in an expression of love. It is a reminder of how home is not bound by the languages around us but the currents that flow within." --Kao Kalia Yang, author of From the Tops of the Trees

"Jack Wong's delightful sophomore picture book, The Words We Share, is a testament to the power of words and what happens when we listen carefully--with both our hearts and minds." --Emma FitzGerald, illustrator of City Streets Are for People

resilience, a spirit of community, and the enduring bond of family, making it a poignant and uplifting read."--Horn Book Magazine, November/December 2023

"The Words We Share is a sweet father-daughter tale featuring communication, miscommunication, and a cross-generational moment of understanding bound to have a wide appeal." --Sara O'Leary, author of A Kid is a Kid is a Kid

"This lovely book about a hardworking Chinese Canadian father, and the daughter who helps him by translating English, is exactly the type of book I wished existed when I was a kid. So many immigrant and refugee kids will be able to relate to this story about assisting their parents with a new language. Beautifully written and illustrated by Jack Wong, the characters feel unique, but easily relatable. I am so glad this book exists in the world."--Bao Phi, author of the Caldecott Honor and Zolotow Award-winning A Different Pond​

"The Words We Share is an important story, a needed story, a timeless story. Once upon a time, I was Angie. After my family and I moved to North America, my English skills quickly eclipsed my parents'. The Words We Share makes the younger me feel seen, and I know many readers today will feel seen, too. The Words We Share is a gift--honoring multitudes of identities, languages, and power." --Dane Liu, author of Friends Are Friends, Forever

"A terrifically written and beautifully illustrated exploration of how immigrant families and communities rely on one another to traverse language barriers. The Words We Share reminds us that kindness for our neighbors and love between family are commonalities that require no interpretation." --Julie Leung, author of Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist

"The rich layers of this heartwarming story will resonate with all immigrants and their children. As a daughter who also translated for her parents, this book made me feel seen and cherished as part of a community." --Andrea Wang, Newbery Honoree and author of Watercress

"This joyful story is about the power of speaking more than one language, the safety of having caring adults around, the confusion of living somewhere where you're not a native language speaker, and a reminder that adults who have yet to master their new homeland's primary language are still adults, with skills, proficiencies, and knowledge." --Youth Services Book Review *starred review, 08/15/23

"[A]n expressive and compassionate glimpse into the struggles immigrants face." --Kirkus Reviews, 07/25/23