Two Minnesota children's book authors on getting and giving a sense of belonging

Anthony Walsh and Thuba Nguyen
Anthony Walsh is the author of the "Hockey Is for Everybody" children's book series and Thuba Nguyen is the author of the children's book, "My Daddy Tells Me."
Danelle Cloutier | MPR News

It’s so important for kids to feel like they fit in, whether that’s at home, at school or in their communities.

Ideally they’d feel like they belong in all these spaces, but that can be tough if you don’t fully understand yourself or your family history.

Two children’s book authors living in Minnesota went through that and they join MPR News host Angela Davis to talk about their paths to learning and loving themselves.

Now they’re adults and helping kids feel like they have a voice through their children’s books. 


  • Thuba Nguyen has been an early childhood educator for more than a decade. Her expertise is in anti-bias and anti-racist pedagogy. They’re the author of the children’s book, “My Daddy Tells Me.” She’s now working as the communications specialist for the Minnesota House of Representatives People of Color and Indigenous Caucus and Queer Caucus.

  • Anthony Walsh is the author of the “Hockey Is for Everybody” children's book series. He’s in his final semester at Mitchell Hamline School of Law and will continue to make a difference in his community post-graduation. As an adoptee, he is passionate about expanding rights for adopted people. He is on the board of directors for Mosaic Hockey Collective and he coaches youth hockey.

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