A Different Pond


A Different Pond


Bao Phi


Thi Bui


Capstone Young Readers

Publication Year





32 pages




picture book

Item Type



As a young boy, Bao Phi awoke early, hours before his father's long workday began, to fish on the shores of a small pond in Minneapolis. Unlike many other anglers, Bao and his father fished for food, not recreation. Between hope-filled casts, Bao's father told him about a different pond in their homeland of Vietnam.

Grade Level

PK-1; K-3

Lexile Measure


Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Culture/Ethnicity; Poverty; Immigrants and refugees; impoverished family; immigrant parents; refugees

Main Character

male child


Asian (Vietamese)

Family Formation

mother and father


Asian Pacific American Award for Literature, 2017-2018, Winner, Picture Book
Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Excellence in Children's Literature, 2018, Honor, Picture Book
Charlotte Zolotow Award, 2018, Winner
Cybils Awards, 2017, Nominee, Fiction Picture Book
Ezra Jack Keats Book Award - New Illustrator, 2018, Honor, Children's Book
Ezra Jack Keats Book Award - New Writer, 2018, Honor, Children's Book
Goodreads Choice Award, 2017, Nominee, Picture Book
INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards, 2017, Honorable Mention, Picture Books Early Reader
Midwest Book Award, 2017, Finalist, Children's Picture Book
Minnesota Book Awards, 2018, Winner, Children's Literature
Nautilus Book Award, 2017, Gold, Children's Illustrated Fiction
Northern California Book Award, 2018, Finalist, Picture Book
Randolph Caldecott Medal, 2018, Honor, Picture Book
Skipping Stones Honor Award, 2018, Winner, Multicultural And International
Best Books for Kids, 2017
Best Children's and YA Books, 2017 Children's Book
Best Children's Books of the Year, 2018 Ages 5 to 9
Best of the Best Books, 2017 Picture Book
Booklist Book Review Stars, 2017
Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth, 2017 Fiction for Younger Readers
Booklist Top 10 Diverse Picture Books, 2018
Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens, 2018 Ages (7 - 10)
Choices, 2018 Picture Books for School-Age Children
Horn Book Fanfare, 2017 Picture Book
Kirkus Best Picture Books, 2017 Bring the Global Village Home
Kirkus Book Review Stars, 2017
Notable Children's Books, 2018 Middle Readers
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2018 Kindergarten to 2nd grade
Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book, 2017 Picture Book
School Library Journal Best Books, 2017 Picture Book
Washington Post Best Children's Books, 2017 Picture Book


father and son; fishing; Vietnamese American; Vietnam; Asian American; Vietnam War; dinner; early morning; Minnesota

Diversity Impact


A Different Pond