NCTA Mini-grant Information


NCTA Mini-Grant Information

For information about the NCTA Mini-Grant, please see the PDF NCTA Mini-Grant Information Sheet below.

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Your NCTA seminar leader will send you the link for the NCTA Mini-Grant Request Form, which you will use to make your selections. Please review the information in the the PDF document above before submitting your Mini-Grant request.  If you have any questions about the Mini-Grant process, please ask your seminar leader or email Pitt NCTA Assistant Director Patrick Hughes at


NCTA Mini-Grant Pre-Approved Options

The following "Pre-Approved Sets" are for NCTA teachers who are preparing their Mini-Grant Order forms. NCTA teachers have the option of picking one of these sets, or to customize their own set (check with your seminar leader for more information on mini-grants). All of the materials listed below appear in our East Asia Gateway for Linking Educators (EAGLE), which may contain teacher-written reviews as to the utility of the materials.

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  • Book/Korea: Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea by Sungju Lee [$9.99] Publisher: Harry N. Abrams Date: 2016 ISBN: 1419721321.

Winner of the 2017 Freeman Book Award for Young Adult/High School Literature.

  • Book/Taiwan: The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan [currently: $9.99] Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Date: 2019 (paperback) ISBN: 0316464015

​Winner of the 2018 Freeman Book Award for Young Adult/High School Literature

  • Book/China:When China Ruled the Seas: The Treasure Fleet of the Dragon Throne, 1405-1433 by Louise Levathes [currently: $15.36] Publisher: Oxford University Press, 1997 (Paperback) ISBN: 0195112075
  • Book/Japan: Go: A Coming of Age Novel by Kazuki Kaneshiro [currently: $10.99] Publisher: Amazon Crossing  Date: 2018 (paperback) ISBN-10: 1542046181. 

Winner of the 2018 Freeman Book Award for Young Adult/High School Literature.

[Resources for use with this book are located on our website:]

  • Book/China:  Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie ($11.89) Publisher: Anchor Books Date: 2002 ISBN-10: 0385722206
  • DVD/Japan: Day of the Western Sunrise by Daliboka Films and Pittsburgh director Keith Remink. Includes educational toolkit written by NCTA alums. [$40.00] Date: 2019 Website:



  • Book/Japan: The Night Parade by Kathryn Tanguary [$5.00]  Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, reprint edition. Date: 2017  ISBN: 149262327X. Winner of the 2017 Freeman Book Award for Young Adult/Middle School Literature
  • Book/Japan: Grenade by Alan Gratz. [$9.97]  Publisher: Scholastic Press  Date: 2019  ISBN-10: 1407194178 Winner of 2018 Freeman Book Award for Young Adult/Middle School Literature.
  • Book/Japan: A Place to Belong by Cynthia Kadohata ($11.99)  Publisher: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books; Illustrated Edition  Date: 2019  ISBN-10: 1481446649  Winner of the 2019 Freeman Book Award for Young Adult/Middle School Literature
  • Book/China: Bronze and Sunflower by Cao Wenxuan [$11.89]  Publisher: Candlewick, Date: 2017, ISBN: 0763688169
  • Book/Korea :When My Name was Keoko  by Linda Sue Park [currently: $6.99]  Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers  Date: 2012  ISBN-10: 0547722397
  • Book/China: Boxers & Saints, by Gene Luen Yang [currently: $21.38], Publisher: First Second Box Edition, Date: 2013, ISBN-10: 1596439246
  • Book/East Asia: Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution by Ji-li Jiang ($7.49)  Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint Edition  Date: 2018  ISBN-10: 9780064462082
  • Book/Korea: Lost Names: Scenes from a Korean Boyhood, second edition by Richard Kim [$14.99]  Publisher: University of California Press, Second Edition, 40th Anniversary Edition with a New Preface  Date: 2011  ISBN-10: 0520268121 [Note: there are two articles in Education About Asia that will assist you in teaching this book]
  • Book/Vietnam: House Without Walls by Ching Yeung Russell ($12.19) Publisher: Simon & Schuster  Date: 2019 ISBN-10: 1499808755



  • Book/Japan: The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota's Garden by Heather Smith ($15.87)  Publisher: Orca Book Publishers  Date: 2019  ISBN-10: 1459821033  Winner of the 2019 Freeman Book Award for Children's Literature
  • Book/China: The White Duck: A Childhood in China by Na Liu and Andrés Vera Martinez  Publisher: Graphic Universe; Illustrated Edition  Date: 2012 ISBN-10: 0761381155
  • Book/Inner Mongolia: The Moose of Ewenki by Gerelchimeg Blackcrane [currently: $19.95] Publisher: Greystone Books  Date: 2019  ISBN-10: 1771645385  Honorable Mention for the 2019 Freeman Book Award for Children's Literature
  • Book/China: Moth and Wasp, Soil and Ocean: Remembering Chinese Scientists Pu Zhelong for Sustainable Farming by Sigrid Schmalzer [currently: $12.20] Publisher: Tilbury House Nature Books Date: 2018 ISBN-10: 0884484041 Winner of the 2018 Freeman Book Award for Children's Literature
  • Book/Korea: The Legend of Hong Kil Dong: The Robinhood of Korea by Anne Sibley O’Brien [currently: $8.95] Publisher: Charlesbrigde Date: 2008 ISBN-10: 1580893031
  • Book/Korea: When Spring Comes to the DMZ by Uk-Bae Lee [currently: $12.29]  Publisher: Plough Publishing House  Date: 2019  ISBN-10: 0874869722  Honorable Mention for the 2019 Freeman Book Award for Children's Literature
  • Book/Japan: Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr [currently: $6.85] Publisher: Puffin Date: 2004 edition ISBN-10: 0142401137
  • Book/Japan: The Crane Girl by Curtis Manley [$14.73] Publisher: Shen’s Books, Date: 2017, ISBN: 1885008570, Winner of the 2017 Freeman Book Award for Children’s Literature.