Win 1 of 3 Thao Lam Prize Packages!

Win a copy of The Paper Boat + a Thao Lam book prize pack! 

The Paper Boat by Thao Lam publishes on September 15, and we’re celebrating with a HUGE giveaway! Craft your very own paper boat with instructions below for a chance to win 1 (one) of 3 (three) Thao Lam book prize packs, featuring: The Paper Boat, My Cat Looks Like My Dad, Wallpaper, & Skunk on a String!


  • Download & follow the printable instruction sheet below to create your own paper boat and write a message of encouragement on the side. 
  • Send a photo of your paper boat to

Winners will be chosen on September 15 – good luck!

Kirkus Reviews most anticipated picture book of fall 2020, with starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, School Library Journal and the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, — a heartfelt and personal immigration story, new from critically acclaimed author Thao Lam.

At her home in Vietnam, a girl rescues ants from the sugar water set out to trap them. Later, when the girl’s family flees war-torn Vietnam, ants lead them through the moonlit jungle to the boat that will take them to safety. Before boarding, the girl folds a paper boat from a bun wrapper and drops it into the water, and the ants climb on. Their perilous journey, besieged by punishing weather, predatory birds, and dehydration, before reaching a new beginning, mirrors the family’s own. Impressionistic collages and a moving, Own Voices narrative make this a one-of-a-kind tale of courage, resilience, and hope.


Thao Lam is the critically acclaimed author/illustrator of WallpaperMy Cat Looks Like My Dad, and Skunk on a String. She studied illustration at Sheridan College and has an insatiable love of colored and textured papers, which she uses to create her exuberant collages. She draws inspiration from the stories she hears, from the beauty in everyday things, and from the work of the many illustrators she admires. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Canada and U.S. entrants only. One entry per household. Contest closes September 15 at 11:59pm. Winners will be contacted via email and must provide their full names and mailing addresses within 24 hours. Prizes may take up to 4 weeks to be mailed out. Prizes provided by Owlkids Books

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