Watercress | Best Picture Book | Multiple Awards | by Andrea Wang & Jason Chin - Alder & Alouette

Watercress | Best Picture Book | Most Distinguished Book in Children's Literature | Andrea Wang and Jason Chin

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Driving through Ohio in an old Pontiac, a young girl's parents stop suddenly when they spot watercress growing wild in a ditch by the side of the road. Grabbing an old paper bag and some rusty scissors, the whole family wades into the muck to collect as much of the muddy, snail covered watercress as they can. 

At first, she's embarrassed. Why can't her family get food from the grocery store? But when her mother shares a story of her family's time in China, the girl learns to appreciate the fresh food they foraged. Together, they make a new memory of watercress.

Andrea Wang tells a moving autobiographical story of a child of immigrants discovering and connecting with her heritage, illustrated by award winning author and artist Jason Chin, working in an entirely new style, inspired by Chinese painting techniques. An author's note in the back shares Andrea's childhood experience with her parents.



  • Caldecott Medal Winner
  • Newbery Honor Book
  • APALA Award Winner
  • An ALSC Notable Children's Book
  •  New England Book Award Winner
  • A New York Times Best Children's Book of the Year
  • A Wall Street Journal Best Children's Book of the Year 
  • A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book
  • A Boston Globe Best Children's Book of the Year 
  • A Washington Post Best Children's Book of the Year 
  • A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year 
  • A Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year  
  • A CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book 
  • An NPR 'Book We Love!' 
  • A Horn Book Fanfare Title 
  • A Mighty Girl Best Book of the Year 
  • A Floyd's Pick Honor Book 
  • A CSMCL Best Multicultural Children's Book of the Year 
  • A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection 
  • Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
  • BookPage Best Book of the Year
  • School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
  • Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
  • Publishers Lunch Best Book of the Year
  • Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year



  • Written byAndrea Wang and illustrated by Jason Chin.
  • Published by Neal Porter Books, March 30, 2021.
  • Ages 4 to 8 years
  • 0.4" H x 8.9" L x 11.2" W (0.9 lbs) 32 pages
  • Hardcover
  • 2nd printing available to ship in U.S. February 28