From New York Times bestselling author Livia Blackburne and illustrator Julia Kuo, here is I Dream of Popo. This delicate, emotionally rich picture book celebrates a special connection that crosses time zones and oceans as Popo and her granddaughter hold each other in their hearts forever.

I dream with Popo as she rocks me in her arms.
I wave at Popo before I board my flight.
I talk to Popo from across the sea.
I tell Popo about my adventures.

When a young girl and her family emigrate from Taiwan to America, she leaves behind her beloved popo, her grandmother. She misses her popo every day, but even if their visits are fleeting, their love is ever true and strong.

New York Times–bestselling author Livia Blackburne wrote her first novel while researching the neuroscience of reading at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since then, she’s switched to full time writing, which also involves getting into people’s heads but without the help of a three tesla MRI scanner. She is the author of the Midnight Thief and Rosemarked duologies. Livia was born in Taipei, Taiwan and moved to Albuquerque, NM when she was five. After a twelve year stint at Harvard and MIT, where she earned a AB in Biochemical Sciences and a PhD in cognitive neuroscience, she moved to Los Angeles, where she now lives with her husband and daughter. In her free time, Livia likes to karaoke, dance, and dabble in martial arts.
Julia Kuo is a Taiwanese-American illustrator who has worked with The New York Times, Google, and Science Friday. Julia has taught illustration courses at Columbia College Chicago and at her alma mater, Washington University in St. Louis. She is the illustrator of Drawing Leaves and Tress: Observing and Sketching the Natural World, Katrina Goldsaito's The Sound of Silence, Roni Schotter's Go, Little Green Truck!, Melissa Gilbert's Daisy and Josephine, 20 Ways to Draw a Dress20 Ways to Draw a Cat, and Everyone Eats.


Dear Asian media access Representative,

 My name is Livia Blackburne. I am a Chinese American writer from Los Angeles. I hope this strange season finds you healthy and well.  I am writing to let you know about something that might be of interest to your organization.

I’m the author of a picture book called I Dream of Popo, published by Macmillan, about a young girl who immigrates to California from Taiwan and her relationship with the grandmother she leaves behind. When I was growing up, I had a hard time finding children’s books written by and about Chinese people, so I’m grateful to have the opportunity to publish this story. Not only is I Dream of Popo written by a Chinese author, but the illustrator Julia Kuo and the editor Connie Hsu are also Chinese American, giving the book a truly authentic perspective. My hope is that Chinese American children across the country will get the opportunity to see themselves  reflected in the story, and that the book will serve to honor and preserve our Chinese heritage for the next generation.

Here’s a bit more information about the book. Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus magazine have both given it starred reviews, which they reserve for books of exceptional merit. 

To celebrate the book launch, we are planning a Zoom panel hosted by Once Upon a Time Bookstore on January 10, 2021 to discuss the Chinese immigrant experience, the nuances of growing up between two worlds, and how linguistic and geographic distance affects family relationships.

If you think this is something that your membership might be interested in, we would love to send you more information.  Thank you very much.


Livia Blackburne



我的名字叫Livia Blackburne,是一个住在洛杉矶的美籍华人作家,在这个不同于往年的季节里祝您们平安健康。 我希望这封自荐信能够引起贵组织的兴趣.

我是 "I Dream of Popo "这本图画书的作者,本书由Macmillan公司出版,描写一个从台湾移民到加州的小女孩和她留在台湾的婆婆之间的关系。在我成长的过程当中,我发现很难找到华人作家写的带有华人背景的儿童书籍. 所以我非常感激有这个机会能够出版这本图画书。

这本书不单作者是华人,它的插画家Julia Kuo 和编辑Connie Hsu 也都是来自台湾的美籍华人,也因为这样让这本书能够忠实的呈现出华人的观点。我希望在美国的华裔年轻一代能有机会从故事?面看到自己的影子, 我也期盼这本书能够为下一代达成尊敬和保存中华传统文化的目的。


最近 Publisher’s Weekly 及 Kirkus Magazine 都给了这本书星级的评价,这是特优的著作才能得到的荣誉。

为了庆祝这本书的首发,我们计划在01/10/2021 举办一场ZOOM讨论会,是由“Once Upon a Time Bookstore" 主办.  会中我们会讨论华裔移民的经验, 成长在两个世界当中的文化差异性,还有语言和距离如何影响家庭中的关系. 如果您觉得您的会员对这个讨论会有兴趣的话,我们很乐意提供更多详细的资料,非常谢谢您。

Livia Blackburne ( 金立葳)


Livia Blackburne
NY Times Bestselling Author