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Children’s Reads for AAPI Heritage Month

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! Check out these title to celebrate and learn!

Board Books

Lunar New Year (2018) by Hannah Eliot ; illustrated by Alina Chau
One, Two, Three Dim Sum: A Mandarin-English Counting Book (2020) by Rich Lo ; also available on hoopla
Summertime Rainbow: A Bilingual Book of Colors = Xia tian de cai hong (2012) by Belle Yang

Picture Books

The Name Jar (2003) by Yangsook Choi
Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music (2015) by Margarita Engle ; illustrations by Rafael López ; also available on eReadIllinois, hoopla, & OMNI
Hush! : A Thai Lullaby (1996) by Minfong Ho ; pictures by Holly Meade
Red Kite, Blue Kite (2013) by Ji-li Jiang ; illustrated by Greg Ruth
Danbi Leads the School Parade (2020) by Anna Kim ; also available on OMNI

No Kimchi For Me (2007) by Aram Kim ; also available on hoopla
Where’s Halmoni? (2017) by Julie Kim
Chachaji’s Cup (2003) by Uma Krishnaswami ; illustrations by Soumya Sitaraman
Thao (2021) by Thao Lam
Drawn Together (2018) by Minh Lê ; illustrated by Dan Santat ; also available on OMNI

A Big Mooncake for Little Star (2018) by Grace Lin ; also available on eReadIllinois, hoopla, & OMNI
‘Ohana Means Family (2020) by Ilima Loomis ; illustrated by Kenard Pak
Baseball Saved Us (1993) by Ken Mochizuki ; illustrated by Dom Lee ; also available on hoopla
A Different Pond (2017) by Bao Phi ; illustrated by Thi Bui ; also available on hoopla & OMNI
Wabi Sabi (2008) by Mark Reibstein ; art by Ed Young ; also available on hoopla

Bilal Cooks Daal (2019) by Aisha Saeed ; illustrated by Anoosha Syed
Monsoon Afternoon (2008) Kashmira Sheth ; illustrated by Yoshiko Jaeggi
Going Home, Coming Home = Vè̂ nhà, thăm quê hương (2003) by Truong Tran ; illustrations = minh họa, Ann Phong
Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin (2014) by Chieri Uegaki ; illustrated by Qin Leng ; also available on hoopla
Ojiichan’s Gift (2019) by Chieri Uegaki ; illustrated by Genevieve Simms ; also available on hoopla

Apple Pie Fourth of July (2002) by Janet S. Wong ; pictures by Margaret Chodos-Irvine
A Map into the World (2019) by Kao Kalia Yang ; illustrated by Seo Kim ; also available on hoopla
Brothers (2006) by Yin ; illustrated by Chris Soentpiet
Puddle (2016) by Hyewon Yum
Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao (2019) by Kat Zhang ; illustrated by Charlene Chua

Easy Readers

Chang’s Paper Pony (1993) by Eleanor Coerr ; pictures by Deborah Kogan Ray
Katie Woo series by Fran Manushkin ; illustrated by Tammie Lyon ; also available on eReadIllinois, hoopla, & OMNI

Juvenile Intermediate Fiction

Shanghai Messenger (2005) by Andrea Cheng ; with drawings by Ed Young
Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen (2017) by Debbi Michiko Florence ; pictures by Elizabet Vuković
Mindy Kim series by Lyla Lee ; illustrated by Dung Ho ; also available on hoopla
The Year of the Dog (2006) by Grace Lin ; also available on eReadIllinois & OMNI

Juvenile Fiction

Vanished (2011) by Sheela Chari ; also available on eReadIllinois
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street (2017) by Karina Yan Glaser ; also available on eReadIllinois, hoopla, & OMNI
Full Cicada Moon (2015) by Marilyn Hilton ; also available on eReadIllinois, hoopla, & OMNI
The Night Diary (2018) by Veera Hiranandani ; also available on eReadIllinois & OMNI
The Thing About Luck (2013) by Cynthia Kadohata ; illustrated by Julia Kuo ; also available on hoopla

Hello, Universe (2017) by Erin Entrada Kelly ; also available on eReadIllinois, hoopla, & OMNI
Lalani of the Distant Sea (2019) by Erin Entrada Kelly ; illustrated by Lian Cho ; also available on hoopla & OMNI
When You Trap a Tiger (2020) by Tae Keller ; also available on eReadIllinois & OMNI
Amina’s Voice (2017) by Hena Khan ; also available on hoopla & OMNI
I’m Ok (2018) by Patti Kim

Pie in the Sky (2019) by Remy Lai ; also available on eReadIllinois & OMNI
Listen, Slowly (2015) by Thanhhà Lại ; also available on eReadIllinois, hoopla, & OMNI
Alvin Ho series by Lenore Look ; also available on eReadIllinois & OMNI
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson (1984) by Bette Bao Lord ; illustrations by Marc Simont ; also available on hoopla
The Best At It (2019) by Maulik Pancholy ; also available on hoopla & OMNI

Prairie Lotus (2020) by Linda Sue Park ; also available on eReadIllinois & OMNI
Heart of a Samurai: Based on the True Story of Manjiro Nakahama (2010) by Margi Preus ; also available on hoopla & OMNI
The Great Wall of Lucy Wu (2011) by Wendy Wan-Long Shang
Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire (2017) by Susan Tan ; illustrated by Dana Wulfekotte
Front Desk (2018) by Kelly Yang ; also available on eReadIllinois & OMNI

Graphic Novels

Pashmina (2017) by Nidhi Chanani ; also available on OMNI
Stargazing (2019) by Jen Wang ; color by Lark Pien ; also available on eReadIllinois & OMNI
The Shark King: A Toon Book (2012) by R. Kikuo Johnson

Audiobooks

Kira-Kira (2005) by Cynthia Kadohata ; read by Elaina Erika Davis ; also available on eReadIllinois
Amina’s Voice (2017) by Hena Khan ; read by Soneela Nankani ; also available on hoopla
Alvin Ho Collection: Books 1-2 (2009) by Lenore Look ; read by Everette Plen

Biographies

Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice (2020) by Nikki Grimes ; illustrated by Laura ; also available on OMNI
The Last Princess: The Story of Princess Kaiulani of Hawaiʻi (2001) by Fay Stanley ; illustrated by Diane Stanley
Liliuokalani, Queen of Hawaii (1975) by Mary Malone ; illustrated by Cary
Maya Lin: Artist and Architect (2017) by Cecelia H. Brannon
The Invisible Thread: An Autobiography (1991) by Yoshiko Uchida

Easy Nonfiction

Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom (2019) by Teresa Robeson ; illustrated by Rebecca Huang
Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist (2017) by Jess Keating ; illustrations by Marta Alvarez Miguens ; also available on hoopla & OMNI
The Fearless Flights of Hazel Ying Lee (2021) by Julie Leung ; illustrated by Julie Kwon
Sky High: The True Story of Maggie Gee (2009) by Marissa Moss ; illustrated by Carl Angel

Hiromi’s Hands (2007) by Lynne Barasch
It Began With a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way (2019) by Kyo Maclear ; pictures by Julie Morstad
Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist (2019) by Julie Leung ; illustrated by Chris Sasaki
El Chino (1990) by Allen Say

Juvenile Nonfiction

The Green Frogs: A Korean Folktale (1996) retold by Yumi Heo
Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China (1982) retold by Ai-Ling Louie ; illustrated by Ed Young
The Woman in the Moon: A Story from Hawai’i (1996) retold by Jama Kim Rattigan ; pictures by Carla Golembe
Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix (2017) by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and June Jo Lee ; illustrated by Man One ; also available on hoopla
The House Baba Built: An Artist’s Childhood in China (2011) by Ed Young, text as told to Libby Koponen

A Kid’s Guide to Asian American History: More Than 70 Activities (2007) by Valerie Petrillo
Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story (2005) by Paula Yoo ; illustrations by Dom Lee
Surfer of the Century: The Life of Duke Kahanamoku (2007) by Ellie Crowe ; illustrations by Richard Waldrep
Tan to Tamarind: Poems About the Color Brown (2009) by Malathi Michelle Iyengar ; illustrations by Jamel Akib
A Place Where Sunflowers Grow = Sabaku ni saita himawari (2006) by Amy Lee-Ta ; illustrations by Felicia Hoshino ; Japanese translation by Marc Akio Lee