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East West Discovery Press is an independent publisher and distributor of multicultural and bilingual books in 50 + languages including Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, Farsi, French, German, Gujarati, Hindi, Hmong, Italian, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Nepali, Punjabi, Portuguese, Russian, Serbo-croatian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Thai, Urdu, Vietnamese, etc.

Our quality books are supplemental reading titles for language arts, social studies and history curricula. We distribute thousands of multicultural, bilingual and foreign language books. Only a small collection of our titles is represented on our website and in our catalog. If you provide us with thematic units and/or languages, we will be pleased to provide a customized book list for your review. For an updated listing of our bilingual titles, please contact us at info@eastwestdiscovery.com or 310-545-3730.

In Memory of Gayle Garner Roski

Renowned Los Angeles watercolorist and illustrator Gayle Garner Roski passed away on Oct. 21, 2020. She was 79.

"We are deeply saddened by the great loss of our dear friend and colleague Gayle. Gayle was a gifted and creative artist, a philanthropist, a caring and supportive friend, and a beloved member of our publishing family," said Icy Smith, Publisher of East West Discovery Press. "Our hearts are with her family members at this unimaginably difficult time."

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By Michael Smith

International Latino Book Award

Motivate kids to take care of their teeth with this fun and informative rhyming story! Discover helpful facts about oral hygiene for both children and adults.

Ages 3-5, 36 pages
Hardcover, Bilingual English/Spanish, ISBN 9780991345458, $17.95
Spanish Paperback, ISBN 9780997394733, $8.95
Library Binding, Bilingual English/Chinese, ISBN 9780991345496, $21.95

By Icy Smith and Crystal Smith

International Latino Book Awards, Mom’s Choice Gold Award Winner, Creative Child Magazine Book of the Year Award

Daddy, My Favorite Guy is a beautiful and poignant reassurance of a father’s unconditional love. Daddy cooks, cleans, reads, and plays with his children. He is funny, caring, and understanding. This heartfelt story is told in warm and fun verse, rhyming in English, Spanish, Chinese and Nepali.

Hardcover, ages 3-5, 28 pages, 8.75” w x 8.75” h
Bilingual English/Spanish, 9780985623777, $16.95
Bilingual English/Chinese, 9780985623791, $18.95
Bilingual English/Nepali, 9780991345403, $19.95
Library Binding, Bilingual English/Arabic, 9780991345472, $21.95

By Michael Smith; Illustrated by Gayle Garner Roski

Skipping Stones Honor Award;Purple Dragonfly Book Award; Creative Child Magazine Book Award

Akela is excited to embark on his first sailing canoe voyage with his wise Grandfather so they can trade with faraway neighboring islands. But their long journey across the open Pacific Ocean is risky, facing storms and sharks and fearing hunger or getting lost. Grandfather teaches young Akela how to pilot a trackless sea by using ancient methods of navigation based on observing natural signs—the stars, the sun, the ocean swells, and the birds.

Set in the 1500s, Earthwaves reveals the fascinating and little-known culture of the Pacific Islander seafarers, whose wayfinding techniques began thousands of years ago. It takes more than bravery to stay alive without compasses and charts. It takes knowledge and wisdom passed down from generation to generation.

“An amazing story of the wisdom and courage of our forefathers. Children will be fortunate to read an adventure that is real, from the preparation, the departure, and the first wind, to the swells, the sunset, the stars, the storm, the calm, the sea animals, and the birds, to the sighting of land, the rest period, and arrival.” —Tua Pittman, Traditional Master Navigator

Hardcover, ages 7+, 38 pages
ISBN 9781949567106, $19.95

By John D. Olivas; Illustrated by Gayle Garner Roski

“Story Time From Space” Official Book Selection, International Latino Book Awards, Delaware State Reading Association Children’s Choices, etc

Space shuttle Endeavour brings its fascinating history to life through a journey to space with a young boy Jojo. Exploring space with the shuttle, Jojo learns about Endeavour’s extraordinary contribution to space science, and its famous service missions including the Hubble Space Telescope. The book also features stunning NASA photos, fun facts, famous firsts and quizzes to inspire kids in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Ages 7+, 40 pages
NEW Spanish Hardcover, ISBN 9780997394726, $19.95
NEW Spanish Paperback, ISBN 9780997394740, $9.95
English Hardcover, ISBN 9780985623722, $19.95
English Paperback, ISBN 9780985623739, $9.95

By Michael Smith; Illustrated by Octavio Oliva

Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice Award, Luminarias Master List

A companion book to the award-winning My Ducky Buddy/Mi Amigo El Pato, young readers will love to explore a bouncy grasshopper buddy in this warm and colorful concept book. With clever rhyming text in English, Spanish, Chinese and Arabic, little ones will learn opposites, directions and new words in this playful bedtime story.

Ages 3-5, 28 pages
Hardcover, Eng/Spanish, 9780985623708, $14.95
Paperback, Eng/Spanish, 9780985623715, $8.95
Hardcover, Eng/Arabic,9780991345441, $19.95
Library Binding, Eng/Chinese, 9780982167571, $21.95

By Icy Smith; Illustrated by Sopaul Nhem

Multicultural Children’s Publication Award, Benjamin Franklin Book Award; Society of School Librarians International Honor Award; Skipping Stones Hono

Nine-year-old Nat is forced out of his Cambodian home and marched into the countryside when the Khmer Rouge comes into power. Nat is separated from his family and endures forced labor in rice fields from dawn to midnight with little food. Over the next four years, Nat confronts starvation, fear, and brutality. With the help of his friend Malis, Nat finds hope and the strength to escape, eventually reuniting with the family he loves.

"Half Spoon of Rice" is based on true stories of courage, friendship, survival, and the triumph of the human spirit. The book features vivid illustrations and historical photographs documenting the Cambodian genocide from 1975 to 1979.

Ages 7+, 10.5” x 11”, 44 pages
English, ISBN 9780982167588, $19.95
New Bilingual Eng/Chinese, ISBN 9780983227816, $19.95

By Crystal Smith; Photos by Michael Satoshi Garcia

Foreword INDIES Finalists;Skipping Stones Honor Award; Creative Child Magazine Book of the Year; Purple Dragonfly Book Award

With delightful photographs, “I am Hapa” encourages children to look within themselves and appreciate the diverse cultures and ethnicities that make each person special. It is the first trilingual children’s book in English, Spanish and Chinese celebrating the multiracial and multicultural experience.

“The theme of love and acceptance of differences helps kids take pride in their unique version of self and family, particularly for multiracial children. You’ll want to read this book with your young ones over and over as the acceptance and love radiates from the pages.”
—Skipping Stones Magazine

Hardcover, ages 3-5, $16.95
Trilingual English, Spanish and Chinese with pinyin, ISBN 9780991345465
English only, ISBN 9780997394702

By Michael Smith; Illustrated by Alvarenga & Jonathon Goley

Independent Publisher Book Award; International Latino Book Award; Creative Child Magazine Book of the Year

Celebrate the beauty and wonder of the water cycle through lyrical rhyming text and vibrant realistic paintings. The story of water is described eloquently in this delightful and informational book that engages children and adults alike to appreciate water and life.

Hardcover, ages 5-8, 33 pages, $17.95
Bilingual English/Spanish, ISBN 9780997394719

By Icy Smith; Illustrated by Gayle Garner Roski

International Latino Book Award Finalist; Chinese American Librarians Association Best Children's Book Award, Moonbeam Children's Book Award, etc

Based on a true story of events during World War II in Los Angeles China City, a 12-year-old Chinese American girl named Mei Ling Lee is separated from her best friend Yayeko Akiyama when she and her family were interned in the Manzanar War Relocation Center. By writing letters to each other, both young girls recount their painful separation and their lives in China City and Manzanar. The vivid watercolor paintings warmly portray the real scenes of the forgotten China City in Los Angeles and Manzanar. This unprecedented children’s book depicts the hardships and cross-cultural experiences of Americans of Chinese and Japanese ancestry during the war years. Includes facts about China City, the Manzanar War Relocation Center and historical photographs.

Hardcover, ages 9+, 10.75" x 11.25", 48 pages,
Bilingual Eng/Spanish, 9780997394764, $21.95, NEW 2020 edition
Bilingual Eng/Chinese, 9780997394788, $21.95, NEW 2020 revised edition
English, 9780997394757, $21.95, NEW 2020 revised edition
Bilingual Eng/Japanese, 9780979933967, $19.95

By Michael Smith; Illustrated by Octavio Oliva

Mom's Choice Award, Moonbeam Children's Book Award, Creative Child Magazine's Best Book of the Year

With fun rhyming text and warm illustrations, this buoyant story goes to the heart of what being a kid is all about. A story of love and friendship between a boy and his rubber ducky.

Ages 1-5, 8” x 8”, 24 pages
Hardcover, ISBN 9780982167540, English, $12.95
Hardcover, ISBN 9780982167557, Eng/Spanish, $12.95
Hardcover, ISBN 9780991345434, Eng/Arabic, $19.95
Hardcover, ISBN 9780991345427, Eng/Nepali, $19.95
Library Binding, ISBN 9780982167571, Eng/Chinese, $21.95

By Icy Smith; Illustrated by Gayle G. Roski

Chinese American Librarian Association Best Book Award;Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People;Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Book of the Year

The mysterious and ancient city of Sanxingdui is famous for its astonishing bronze-casting technology. Villagers come from faraway lands to admire the bronze masks and trade for the highly prized bronze wares. However, Sanxingdui faces danger when its people hear rumors of a foreign invasion. The chief’s daughter, Min, and her newly initiated warrior brother, Wei, lead the villagers to flee their homeland. Where do they go? And what do they do with their sacred bronze masks and statues?

This unprecedented children’s story reveals the people’s collective sacrifice for peace, and offers a glimpse into the lost civilization of Sanxingdui in China, over 3,000 years ago. In 1986, the epic discovery of the monumental bronzes in Sanxingdui was acknowledged as the “ninth wonder of the ancient world.” The artifacts unearthed are as old as the Pyramids of Egypt and reveal an advanced and civilized society in Sanxingdui. The ancient history of China is being rewritten as the ongoing excavation of Sanxingdui continues.

Hardcover, ISBN: 9780991345489, 2015, $19.95
By Michael Smith; Illustrated by Octavio Oliva

Junior Library Guild 2011 Fall Selection, International Latino Book Award - Best Children’s Picture Book

A charming rhyming story that is not Einstein’s theory of relativity, but something just as important. Relativity is an engaging book designed to inspire children to start thinking comparatively and analytically.

Hardcover, ages 5-7, 32 pages
English only, 9780979933981, $16.95
Bilingual Eng/Spanish, 9780983227830, $16.95
Bilingual Eng/Nepali, 9780991345410, $19.95
Paperback,Eng/Spanish, 9780983227892, $8.95

By Michael Smith; Illustrated by Gayle Garner Roski

Outstanding Science Trade Book K-12, Mom's Choice Award, Creative Child Magazine Book of the Year

Nine-year-old Thomas and his cousin Rita embark on a journey to Montana for a fossil hunting and study expedition with the Junior Scientist Club of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. Thomas discovers a 66-million-year-old dinosaur nicknamed Thomas—one of the 10 most complete T. rex skeletons in the world.

Through the eyes of Thomas and Rita, young readers learn about the T. rex and how dinosaurs lived, as well as the basics of excavation and the preparation of fossils for their public debut at the museum.

The book features vibrant watercolor paintings and actual photographs from the 2003 to 2005 excavation of Thomas. Thomas is on display at the new Dinosaur Hall of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles.

“Discovering the ancient remains of dinosaurs is a remarkable experience. This contagious story gives a glimpse of such experience
and a source of inspiration to children who aspire to one day find
their own dinosaur.”
—Dr. Luis M. Chiappe, Director of the Dinosaur Institute
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Hardcover, ages 7+, 9.25” x 10.5”, 44 pages, $19.95
Thomas the T. rex, 9780982167533

Hardcover, ages 4-6, 9.25” x 10.5”, 40 pages, $19.95
Thomas the T. rex, Young Reader’s Edition, 9780983227847
Thomas el T. rex, Bilingual Eng/Spanish Young Reader’s Edition, 9780983227823

By Icy Smith; Illustrated by Jennifer Kindert

15 National Book Awards including Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Award Gold Winner, Benjamin Franklin Awards, CALA Best Book Award

Based on true events during World War II, Three Years and Eight Months tells a compelling journey of hardships and human endurance of ordinary people in Hong Kong during the Japanese occupation. A 10-year-old Chinese American boy secretly joins the Chinese war resistance group to help save the lives of thousands of prisoners of war, as well as allied American, British, and Canadian forces. The book features extensive historical notes and photographs documenting the Japanese occupation in Hong Kong from 1942 to 1945.

Hardcover, ages 10+, ISBN 9780985623784, $20.95

By Michael Smith

Moonbeam Children's Book Gold Award & National Parenting Publications Awards Gold Winner

Captivated, melancholy and shock are emotions stirred in this remarkable global adventure. Through short vignettes, Michael Smith narrates his personal experiences while offering glimpses of many different cultures around the world. Readers will see budget travel in a whole new light, through the eyes of a man with a small backpack and a big curiosity.

Ages 12+, 6” x 9”, 248 pages

Hardcover, ISBN: 9780966943740, , $19.95
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