Laurence Yep

1948 -

(2005 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award)

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Award was first given to its namesake in 1954 by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. The award, a bronze medal, honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children. Between 1960 and 1980, the Wilder Award was given every five years. From 1980 to 2001, it was awarded every three years. Beginning in 2001, it has been awarded every two years. The award information was retrieved from the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award website. The call numbers for the books owned by the Kathryn A. Martin Library are provided after the citation.



Yep, Laurence. (1993). The butterfly boy. (Pictures by Jeanne M. Lee). New York : Farrar Straus Giroux. INTR-FIC Y47B

A boy in long-ago China sees the world around him from a butterfly’s point of view. Based on the writings of philosopher Chuang Tzu.

Yep, Laurence. (1997). The case of the Goblin Pearls. New York : HarperCollins Publishers. INTR-FIC Y47CAS

Lily and her aunt, a Chinese American movie actress, join forces to solve the theft of some priceless pearls and stop the operator of a sweatshop in San Francisco’s Chinatown.

Yep, Laurence. (1977). Child of the owl. New York : Harper & Row.  INTR-FIC Y47CH

A twelve-year-old girl who knows little about her Chinese heritage is sent to live with her grandmother in San Francisco’s Chinatown.

Yep, Laurence. (2000). Cockroach cooties. New York : Hyperion Books for Children. INTR-FIC Y47COC

Teddy and his little brother Bobby devise strategies using bugs to defeat the school bully.

Yep, Laurence. (1982). Dragon of the lost sea. New York : Harper & Row. INTR-FIC Y47DR

Shimmer, a renegade dragon princess, tries to redeem herself by capturing a witch with the help of a human boy, Thorn.

Yep, Laurence. (1985). Dragon steel. New York, N.Y. : Harper & Row. INTR-FIC Y47DRS

To free her clan from slavery at underwater forges, the dragon princess Shimmer and her human companion Thorn combat the Dragon King’s jealousy and treachery.

Yep, Laurence. (1992). Dragon war. New York, NY : HarperCollins. INTR-FIC Y47DRW

The dragon princess Shimmer and her companions fight a war against the evil Boneless King in order to rescue their friend Thorn and restore the dragons’ underwater home.

Yep, Laurence. (1993). Dragon's gate. New York, NY : HarperCollins. INTR-FIC Y47DS

When he accidentally kills a Manchu, a fifteen-year-old Chinese boy is sent to America to join his father, an uncle, and other Chinese working to build a tunnel for the transcontinental railroad through the Sierra Nevada mountains in 1867.

Yep, Laurence. (1975). Dragonwings. New York : Harper & Row. INTR-FIC Y47DW

In the early twentieth century a young Chinese boy joins his father in San Francisco and helps him realize his dream of making a flying machine.

Yep, Laurence. (1997). The Khan's daughter : a Mongolian folktale. (Illustrated by Jean and Mou-Sien Tseng). New York : Scholastic. 398.2 Y47k

 In this retelling of a Mongolian folktale a simple shepherd must pass three tests in order to marry the Khan’s beautiful daughter.

Yep, Laurence. (1983). Liar, liar. New York : Morrow. INTR-FIC Y47LI

Branded in the past as a liar, a teen-aged boy trying to prove his friend’s death in a car crash was no accident finds himself stalked by a seemingly respectable businessman for a similar fate.

Yep, Laurence. (2000). The magic paintbrush. (Drawings by Suling Wang). New York : HarperCollins. INTR-FIC Y47MAG

A magic paintbrush transports Steve and his elderly caretakers from their drab apartment in Chinatown to a world of adventures.

Yep, Laurence. (1989). The rainbow people. New York : Harper & Row. 398.2 Y47r

 A collection of twenty Chinese folk tales that were passed on by word of mouth for generations, as told by some oldtimers newly settled in the United States.

Yep, Laurence. (1991). The star fisher. New York : Morrow Junior Books. INTR-FIC Y47ST

Fifteen-year-old Joan Lee and her family find the adjustment hard when they move from Ohio to West Virginia in the 1920s.

Yep, Laurence. (1973). Sweetwater. (Pictures by Julia Noonan). New York, Harper & Row. INTR-FIC Y47SW

A boy and his people, colonists on the planet Harmony, try to save their way of life.

Yep, Laurence. (2005). Tiger's blood. New York : HarperCollins. INTR-FIC Y47ti

A Chinese American boy and his friends--a monkey, a dragon, a rat, and a tiger--must ensure that a magical phoenix egg does not fall into evil hands in the underwater dragon kingdom.

Author Information

Johnson-Feelings, Dianne. (1995). Presenting Laurence Yep. New York : Twayne Publishers ; London : Prentice Hall International. PS3575.E6 Z73 1995

Yep, Laurence (1948- ) (Laurence Michael Yep). (2007). In Something about the author (Vol. 176, pp. 208-216). Detroit: Gale. Ref PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 189, 1971- 2009

Yep, Laurence Michael (1948- ). (2001). In Something about the author (Vol. 123, pp. 192-197). Detroit: Gale. Ref PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 189, 1971- 2009

Yep, Laurence Michael (1948- ). (1992). In Something about the author (Vol. 69, pp. 230-234). Detroit: Gale. Ref PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 189, 1971- 2009

Yep, Laurence M(ichael) (1948- ). (1975). In Something about the author (Vol. 7, pp. 206-207). Detroit: Gale. Ref PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 189, 1971- 2009


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