Cover Reveal: Escape: One Day We Had To Run

Written By: Ming & Wah Chen

Illustrated by: Carmen Vela

For Ages: 7-9 years

Language: English

Topics Covered: Cover Reveal, Refugee Experience, Global Community, History.


I’m so excited to be part of Lantana Publishing’s cover reveal for Escape: One Day We Had To Run, which will be available in May!  Especially given that it’s Human Rights Day, we must acknowledge the arduous journeys that many people all around the globe have undertaken for their safety.  

From the publisher: “Throughout history, ordinary people have been forced to leave their families and homes because of war, famine, enslavement, intolerance, economic and political upheaval, or climate change. These remarkable true stories of escape show how courageous people all around the world have overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles in their flight to freedom.”


Authors Ming and Wah Chen are identical twins who love history, plucky heroes and anything by Agatha Christie. Graduates of Harvard and Columbia Universities respectively, they have published  two previous children’s books and live in Hong Kong and Los Angeles. 

Illustrator Carmen Vela is an independent art director, designer and illustrator from Spain. For over a decade she has been living between Hong Kong, Brooklyn and Europe, fueled by her love of books, paper and stories. 

If you’re looking for more books that celebrate different aspects of human rights, check out our blog post on the Lantana Website!  

Here is a sneak peek of one of my favorite pages from Escape:

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