May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. During this month, we celebrate the cultures and traditions that generations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have shared and contributed to the United States. We value the talents, achievements, and innovations they bring to their community and the U.S.
In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we’ve selected several books by authors who are Asian American and/or Pacific Islander. Try one of these books as your next read.
DB 90413 Aru Shah and the end of time by Roshani Chokshi
While spending her autumn break at home, in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, Aru tries to impress her visiting classmates and claims the museum's Lamp of Bharata is cursed. Then she accidentally frees an ancient demon. Commercial audiobook. For grades 3-6. 2018.
DB 59926 The conch bearer by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Twelve-year-old Anand's family has fallen on hard times, so now he works as a tea stall boy in Kolkata, India. Anand's adventure begins when a healer asks him to safely return a magical conch shell to its rightful home high in the Himalayan mountains. For grades 5-8. 2003.
DB 101680 Girl Giant and the Monkey King by Van Hoang
In a desperate bid to get rid of her super strength, Thom Ngho makes a deal with the Monkey King, a powerful deity and legendary trickster she accidentally released from his prison sentence. But she quickly discovers dealing with the trickster god might be more trouble than it's worth. Commercial audiobook. For grades 3-6. 2020.
DB 99226 Mindy Kim and the yummy seaweed business by Lyla Lee
Seven-year-old Mindy Kim desperately wants a puppy and to fit in at her new Florida school. When her favorite snack of dried seaweed initially leads to ridicule and then a thriving business, Mindy Kim believes she has found her path to acceptance and owning a pet. Commercial audiobook. For grades K-3. 2020.
DB 108260 Yes we will: Asian Americans who shaped this country by Kelly Yang
"A lyrical nonfiction picture book featuring eighteen Asian American changemakers and two pivotal moments in Asian American history, illustrated by fifteen renowned Asian and Asian American artists." -- Provided by publisher. -- Commercial audiobook. For grades K-3. 2022.
DB 106373 From the tops of the trees by Kao Kalia Yang
The author reflects on a time when she was a young girl who had never known life outside a refugee camp, and her father, who was determined to help her dream beyond the fences that confine them. Commercial audiobook. For grades K-3. 2021.
DB 104790 Outside, inside by LeUyen Pham
On an ordinary day, a little girl and her cat look at how the world changed overnight. They watch as people celebrate essential workers and how the community comes together to face the challenges of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Commercial audiobook. For preschool-grade 2. 2021.
DB 94602 Magic ramen: the story of Momofuku Ando by Andrea Wang
True story behind one of the world's most popular foods. Every day, Momofuku Ando would tinker with recipes until he came up with a new kind of ramen noodle soup that was quick, convenient, and tasty. For grades K-3. 2019.
DB 103585 Amira’s picture day by Reem Faruqi
Excited because tomorrow is Eid, with special clothes, treats, gifts, and a morning party at her mosque, Amira realizes that she will miss class picture day at school. Dismayed, Amira tries to figure out a way to be in two places at once. For grades K-3. 2021.
DB 96946 Orange for the sunsets by Tina Athaide
Friends Asha and Yesofu, one Indian and one African, find their world turned upside down when Idi Amin decides to expel Asian Indians from Uganda in 1972. For grades 4-7. 2019.
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