The Paper Boat by Thao Lam - VietCan signed book giveaway!

Thao Lam - an introduction and signed book GIVEAWAY!!!

Hello inspired readers!

VietCan Books’ mission is to help Vietnamese-English bilingual families with your language-learning journey through quality books and other resources. One of our goals is to connect readers to Vietnamese authors and illustrators.

VietCan Books is honored to introduce Thao Lam, a critically acclaimed Vietnamese-Canadian author and illustrator of The Paper Boat, featured in this giveaway. I read it every night with 2y4m old Zoephi, so the author/illustrator's paper cut collage signature artwork is admired in detail differently every night. This being a wordless children's book, I describe the frames as Zoephi asks her questions, without feeling the guilt of straying away from pre-written text. Thao Lam uses ants to depict the perilous journey of Vietnamese people to escape post-war Vietnam, which is both creative and moving. As my dad is a Boat Person, I'll be using this book to help Zoephi appreciate and honor the sacrifice of her granddad, and many other Vietnamese Boat People, to afford us the freedom we experience today. I appreciate the author drawing a parallel between ants and Boat People being able to persevere and start anew all over the globe, and contributing to society in a positive way.

Enjoy many other wonderful children’s books and Thao Lam’s memorable signature cut-paper collages:

  • Thao
  • Wallpaper
  • The Line in the Sand
  • My Cat Looks Like My Dad
  • Skunk on a String

To learn more about Thao, head to her website 


Are you ready for the exciting news?

Thao Lam has graciously agreed to mail a signed copy of The Paper Boat to 2 lucky winners!

To enter:

  1. Like my Giveaway post on Instagram.
  2. Follow @vietcanbooks and @thaohlam 
  3. Alternative to Instagram, Like and Follow our facebook page, and like my Giveaway post.
  4. Tag a friend, or many! 1 tag = 1 entry.
  5. Subscribe to VietCan’s emails at  to get monthly updates and exclusive offers (scroll to bottom of home page.)
  6. For additional entries, comment on which of Thao’s book(s) you have read or would like to read.
  7. For bonus entries, share this post on your feed or stories, and tag @vietcanbooks and @thaohlam

Click here for more details on The Paper Boat.

Contest rules

  • The contest is not sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with Instagram.
  •  Winners chosen at random from all entries.
  •  Must be at least 18 years old to participate.
  •  Open to U.S. and Canada residents (excluding military bases).
  •  Winners will be tagged and announced the evening of Sunday March 27th, 2022. We will also contact both winners via direct messages on IG to obtain shipping addresses.

This giveaway will end Saturday, March 26th at 11:59 PM PST.

Thank you so much for participating and Happy Reading!

Tam Nguyen at VietCan Books

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