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Astrid and Apollo and the Starry Campout
Astrid and Apollo and the Starry Campout
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Astrid and Apollo and the Starry Campout

by V.T. Bidania
Illustrated by Dara Lashia Lee

Astrid is afraid of the dark and doesn't want to go on her family camping trip. But her twin brother, Apollo, is excited. When they encounter scary things such as crawly bugs and the creepy dark, Apollo helps his twin through them. And when they encounter the scariest thing of all, Astrid might just be the one to save the starry campout.

GenreRealistic Fiction
Reading LevelGrades K-2
Interest LevelGrades K-2
Lexile Level480L
ATOS Level3
AR Points1
AR Quiz #509529
Text TypeLiterature: Narrative
PublisherPicture Window Books
BrandAstrid and Apollo
Page Dimensions5 1/4" x 7 1/2"
Page Count64
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Christina Soontornvat, Author: A Wish in the Dark and Diary of an Ice Princess

"I absolutely loved reading this fun, humorous chapter book series—the very first that features a Hmong American family. The twins, Astrid and Apollo, tackle adventures that are relevant to all kids everywhere, and they know they always have the love of their family to fall back on. I am excited for young readers to meet Astrid and Apollo—the new dream team for everyone's bookshelves!" - Christina Soontornvat, Author: A Wish in the Dark and Diary of an Ice Princess

June 1, 2020

Stacey Lee, award-winning author of The Downstairs Girl

"Loved this sweet adventure that finds Hmong Minnesota twins Astrid and Apollo camping for the first time. Mosquito-adverse and smelly-bathroom-hater Astrid was my younger self. I can't wait to follow the twins on their next escapade!" - Stacey Lee, award-winning author of The Downstairs Girl

June 1, 2020

Debbi Michiko Florence

""A sweet and funny early chapter for young readers about twin siblings who go on a family campout for the first time. Introduction of Hmong words and foods made this story even more special."" - Debbi Michiko Florence

June 1, 2020


Vicky Fang, author of the Happy Paws series

""Astrid and Apollo and the Starry Campout is a great book for early readers – it’s relatable and fun! With Hmong details woven into the story, kids will be exposed to small details of Hmong culture, from the characters’ names to the food they like to eat. I read this with my 4-year-old and 6-year-old boys, and they both thoroughly enjoyed it."" - Vicky Fang, author of the Happy Paws series

June 1, 2020

Kirkus Reviews

"This early chapter book highlights the strength of sibling bonds and shows Astrid overcoming adversity in an approachable way. . . . The cute, cartoon images showcase a gentle-feeling outdoors and the warm family connection that defines this trip. Hmong cultural elements such as names and cuisine are organically incorporated into the storyline. It’s an accessible and authentic introduction to an ethnic group rarely featured in children’s literature or mainstream popular culture. . . . This lighthearted adventure features much-needed Hmong representation and an equally satisfying plot." - Kirkus Reviews

July 1, 2020

V.T. Bidania

V.T. Bidania

V.T. Bidania was born in Laos and grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. She spent most of her childhood writing stories and now that she’s an adult, she is thrilled to be writing stories for children. She has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from The New School and is a recipient of the Loft Literary Center’s Mirrors & Windows Fellowship. She lives outside of the Twin Cities with her family.

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