A day in Chinatown takes an unexpected turn when a bored little girl makes a connection with her grandpa. 


May isn't having fun on her trip through Chinatown with her grandfather. Gong Gong doesn't speak much English, and May can't understand Chinese. She's hungry, and bored with Gong Gong's errands. Plus, it seems like Gong Gong's friends are making fun of her! But just when May can’t take any more, Gong Gong surprises her with a gift that reveals he’s been paying more attention than she thought. 


With lighthearted, expressive illustrations by Elaine Chen, this charming debut expertly captures life in the city and shows how small, shared moments of patience and care—and a dumpling or two—can help a child and grandparent bridge the generational and cultural gaps between them. 


A glossary at the end of the book features translations of the Chinese words from the story into Chinese characters and English. 


9.25 x 10.5 inch | 23.5 x 26 cm


*A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection



  • Joint winner, Kirkus Best Books List 2020
  • Nominated, Blue Spruce Award, OLA 2021
  • Joint winnerBest Books of 2020, CBC 2020


author: Sennah Yee

pictures by: Elaine Chen

My Day with Gong Gong (hardcover)