Bao’s Doll

A Picture Book


In this moving story of empathy, forgiveness, and connection, an immigrant mother and her daughter discover they have more in common than they ever knew

This book is not yet published, but will be available from June 2024.

ISBN: 9781419769214 Category:

Bo Lu


Whenever Mama says, “when I was a little girl in Taiwan, we had nothing,” Bao stops listening. Mama does not understand Bao, and Bao certainly does not understand Mama.
So when Bao desperately wants a doll-specifically, the beautiful, blonde All-American Artist Amanda doll that everyone else has-Bao takes matters into her own hands and steals Amanda from the store. After getting caught, Bao’s chest feels heavy like a giant rock. But gradually, the awkward silence between Bao and Mama shifts to honesty, and eventually, a deeper understanding of what binds them.
Inspired by the childhood of debut talent Bo Lu, this poignant picture book brings emotional layers to the story of a parent and child learning to connect with their heritage and each other.

Additional information

Weight 472 g
Dimensions 22.5 x 28 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 20 June 2024
Number of pages 40
Format Hardback
Dimensions 22.5 x 28 cm
Weight 472 g


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Bo Lu moved from bustling Taipei to suburban Kansas as a little girl. Before English words made sense, the world of picture books welcomed her in. It was in those pictures that she found comfort in her new beginning. As an author and illustrator, she hopes to create a safe space to explore big feelings through images and stories. Bo also finds comfort in slurping noodle soups, exploring the Bay Area Redwoods, and dancing with her girls around their dad at the dinner table. Bao’s Doll is her debut picture book.