25 Children’s Books for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

19 May

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (1)

I’ll be honest, I had to do some research to really understand what countries, heritages, cultures, and religions Asian Pacific American included.  The Asian Pacific American Heritage Month website created in part by the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum definitely helped to understand and define this celebration.  For those of you who aren’t sure – Asian Pacific Americans includes, “Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).” (Asian Pacific American Heritage Month website)

I wasn’t able to include books from every single Asian country, but I hope this allows you to explore some books that you didn’t know existed and learn about another culture too!  Do you have any books that you would add to the list?  Leave me a comment!

  1. Yoko’s Paper Cranes by Rosemary Wells
  2. Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth
  3. Silent Music: A Story of Baghdad by James Rumford
  4. Peek! A Thai Hide-and-Seek by Minfong Ho
  5. The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
  6. Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say
  7. Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French
  8. Cora Cooks Pancit by Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore
  9. Round is a Mooncake: A Book of Shapes by Roseanne Thong
  10. Grandma Calls me Beautiful by Barbara M. Joosse
  11. Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors by Hena Khan
  12. The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq by Jeanette Winter
  13. Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji by F. Zia
  14. Kampung Boy by Lat
  15. Monsoon by Uma Krishnaswami
  16. Ruby Lu, Brave and True by Lenore Look
  17. Rickshaw Girl by Mitali Perkins
  18. A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
  19. Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet by Graham Salisbury
  20. Letters from Rifka by Karen Hesse
  21. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
  22. Ms. Marvel: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson
  23. The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis
  24. Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look
  25. I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai
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