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Around the World: My First Book of Vietnamese Words

By July 9, 2018May 13th, 2021The Kerlan Blog


Phuoc Thi Minh Tran is the first Vietnamese librarian in Minnesota. A boat people, a respected storyteller, a 2016 Minnesota State Fair Blue Ribbon author, and a published and award winning author, she has shared her experiences and knowledge of Vietnamese culture, the richness and beauty of Vietnamese folktales, and her refugee experiences at various cultural events, storytelling programs, conferences, libraries, universities, colleges, and schools throughout the state and beyond. Phuoc Thi Minh Tran was recognized for her work bridging cultures and introducing the culture of Vietnam to the mainstream community.


My First Book of Vietnamese Words: An ABC Rhyming Book of Language and Culture. Tuttle Publishing, 2017.

Sky Blue Water: Great Stories For Young Readers. University of Minnesota Press, 2016. by Jay D. Peterson (Editor), Collette A. Morgan (Editor). An anthology of 20 Minnesota authors.

Vietnamese Children’s Favorite Stories. Illustrated by Nguyen Thi Hop and Nguyen Dong, Tuttle Publishing, 2015.

She has received Creative Child Magazine’s 2018 Book of the Year Award: Kids Foreign Language Books Category and the 2017 Freeman Book Award Honorable Mention for Children’s Literature for her newest children’s book My First Book of Vietnamese Words: An ABC Rhyming Book of Vietnamese Language and Culture. Her book introduces Vietnamese language and culture to young children through everyday words.  

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