Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month Booklist

Asian Pacific Heritage Month portrait posterMay is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month!

Take this opportunity to explore the diverse cultures and experiences of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders with your children through picture books.  Learn more about this Heritage month at: Below is a selection of books from our collection which feature Asian-American culture and history.  You can find more in our catalog by searching for the keywords “Asian-American” or looking up individual countries.

Book Jacket for: A lei for Tutu

A lei for Tutu by Rebecca Nevers Fellows ; illustrated by Linda Finch. – JE Fellows
“Nahoa loves making leis with her grandmother and looks forward to helping her create a special one for Lei Day, until her grandmother becomes very ill.”


Book Jacket for: Henry's first-moon birthday

Henry’s first-moon birthday / by Lenore Look ; illustrated by Yumi Heo – JE Heo
“A young girl helps her grandmother with preparations for the traditional Chinese celebration to welcome her new baby brother.”

Book Jacket for: Hush! : a Thai lullaby

Hush! : a Thai lullaby by Minfong Ho ; pictures by Holly Meade. – JE Ho
“A lullaby which asks animals such as a lizard, monkey, and water-buffalo to be quiet and not disturb the sleeping baby.”

Book Jacket for: Peek! : a Thai hide-and-seek

Peek! : a Thai hide-and-seek by Minfong Ho ; illustrated by Holly Meade. – JE Ho
“A father and daughter play hide-and-seek in the midst of the animals near their house in Thailand.”

Book Jacket for: Uncle Peter's amazing Chinese wedding

Uncle Peter’s amazing Chinese wedding by Lenore Look ; illustrated by Yumi Heo – JE Look
“A Chinese American girl describes the festivities of her uncle’s Chinese wedding and the customs behind them.”

Book Jacket for: Dumpling soup

Dumpling soup by Jama Kim Rattigan ; illustrated by Lillian Hsu-Flanders. – JE Rattigan
“A young Hawaiian girl tries to make dumplings for her family’s New Year’s celebration.”

Book Jacket for: Baseball saved us

Baseball saved us by Ken Mochizuki ; illustrated by Dom Lee. – JE Mochizuki
“A Japanese American boy learns to play baseball when he and his family are forced to live in an internment camp during World War II, and his ability to play helps him after the war is over.”

Book Jacket for: In the park

In the park written and illustrated by Huy Voun Lee – JE Lee
“On the first day of spring, a mother and her son go to the park where they draw Chinese characters that represent words relating to the season.”

Book Jacket for: Mama's saris / by Pooja Makhijani ; illustrated by Elena Gomez.

Mama’s saris by Pooja Makhijani ; illustrated by Elena Gomez. – JE Makhijani
“An East Indian American daughter pleads with her mother to be allowed to wear one of her mother’s colorful saris in honor of her seventh birthday.”

Book Jacket for: Bee-bim bop!

Bee-bim bop! by Linda Sue Park ; illustrated by Ho Baek Lee. – JE Park
“A child, eager for a favorite meal, helps with the shopping, food preparation, and table setting.”

Book Jacket for: Grandfather's journey

Grandfather’s journey by Allen Say. – JE Say
“A Japanese American man recounts his grandfather’s journey to America which he later also undertakes, and the feelings of being torn by a love for two different countries.”

Book Jacket for: Red is a dragon : a book of colors

Red is a Dragon: a book of Colors by Rosemary Thuong
“A Chinese American girl provides rhyming descriptions of the great variety of colors she sees around her, from the red of a dragon, firecrackers, and lychees to the brown of her teddy bear.”

Book Jacket for: Round is a mooncake : a book of shapes

Round is a mooncake : a book of shapes by Roseanne Thong ; illustrated by Grace Lin.
“As a little girl discovers things round, square, and rectangular in her urban neighborhood, she is reminded of her Chinese American culture.”

Book Jacket for: Going home, coming home

Going home, coming home by Truong Tran ; illustrations, Ann Phong = Về nhà, thăm quê hương / truyện, Truong Tran ; minh họa, Ann Phong. – JE Tran
“A young girl visits her grandmother in Vietnam where her parents were born and learns that she can call two places home.”

Book Jacket for: Yoko

Yoko by Rosemary Wells. – JE Wells
“When Yoko brings sushi to school for lunch, her classmates make fun of what she eats–until one of them tries it for himself.”


Book Jacket for: Chinese lullabies yüeh erh ming, feng erh ching / [sound recording] :

Chinese lullabies [sound recording] : yüeh erh ming, feng erh ching / composers, Yang Xiu-lan (Yang Hsiu-lan), Shi Zhi-you (Shih Chih-yu). – J CD CHINESE
A collection of Chinese language lullabies.

Book Jacket for: Putumayo kids presents : Asian dreamland [sound recording].

Putumayo kids presents : Asian dreamland [sound recording] – J CD PUTUMAYO ASIAN
“A harmonious collection of tranquil lullabies and soothing songs”–Container.

Book Jacket for: Putumayo Kids presents : Asian playground [sound recording].

Putumayo Kids presents : Asian playground [sound recording]. – J CD PUTAMAYO ASIAN
“Celebrate the incredible diversity of the expansive continent of Asia! Featuring 11 artists from nine countries, this collection of children’s music mixes traditional sounds and instruments with modern styles. From Korean and Indian traditional music to Japanese reggae and Korean pop,Asian Playround shines a light on the international trend toward the fusion of different international music styles. It also offers fun, educational information about these rich cultures that will hopefully inspire young minds to learn more about the fascinating continent of Asia.”



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