Books for Kids: AAPI Heritage Month

  • Books for Kids: AAPI Heritage Month

Here are some books for elementary schoolers to try during AAPI Heritage Month.

For a printable copy of this list, click here: Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Hush! a Thai Lullably

Minfong Ho

This book contains a lullaby which asks animals such as lizard, monkey, and water buffalo to be quiet and do not disturb the sleeping baby.

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A Different Pond

Bao Phi

A 2018 Caldecott Honor Book that Kirkus Reviews calls "a must-read for our times," A Different Pond is an unforgettable story about a simple event - a long-ago fishing trip. Graphic novelist Thi Bui and acclaimed poet Bao Phi deliver a powe

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What Will You Be, Sara Mee?

Kate Aver Avraham

Will she be an artist? A cook? A writer? Sara Mee is turning one, and her family and friends gather for her tol, or first-birthday celebration. Food and presents abound, but most exciting of all is the traditional Korean prophecy game, called the tol

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The Turtle Ship

Helena Ku Rhee

A young Korean boy named Sunsin designs one of the greatest battleships in history and fulfills his dream of sailing the world.

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Sam and the Lucky Money

Karen Chinn

Sam must decide how to spend the lucky money he's received for Chinese New Year.

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Apple Pie Fourth of July

Janet S. Wong

A Chinese American child fears that the food her parents are preparing to sell on the Fourth of July will not be eaten.

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We Eat Rice

Min J. Hong

Two young Asian children show how many different ways rice can be prepared and how many foods rice can be eaten with.

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Yoga Class

Uma Krishnaswami

Demonstrates six simple positions in yoga for children.

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A Single Shard

Linda Sue Park

13-year-old Tree-ear lives in a Korean village famous for its ceramics. He doesn’t have much but he loves to watch master potter Min at work and dreams of learning the craft one day. Reluctantly Min agrees to let Tree-ear help him. Determined to do

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Laurence Yep

In the early twentieth century a young Chinese boy joins his father in San Francisco and helps him realize his dream of making a flying machine.

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Sylvia & Aki

Winifred Conkling

Young Sylvia Mendez never expected to be at the center of a landmark legal battle. Young Aki Munemitsu never expected to be sent away from her home and her life as she knew it. The two girls definitely never expected to know each other, until their l

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Starry River of the Sky

Grace Lin

An innkeeper's chore boy discovers that a visitor's stories hold the key to returning the moon to the Starry River of the Sky.

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Archer's Quest

Linda Sue Park

Twelve-year-old Kevin Kim helps Chu-mong, a legendary king of ancient Korea, return to his own time.

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A Jar of Dreams

Yoshiko Uchida

Eleven-year-old Rinko grows up in a closely-knit Japanese American family in California during the Depression, a time of great prejudice.

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Front Desk

Kelly Yang

Recent immigrants from China and desperate for work and money, ten-year-old Mia Tang's parents take a job managing a rundown motel in Southern California, even though the owner, Mr. Yao is a nasty skinflint who exploits them; while her mother (w

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The Dragon's Child

Laurence Yep

Did you want to go to America? Pop: Sure. I didn’t have a choice. My father said I had to go. So I went. Were you sad when you left your village? Pop: Maybe a little . . . well, maybe a lot. Ten-year-old Gim Lew Yep knows that he must leave his hom

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Nine-in-one, Grr! Grr!

Blia Xiong, Cathy Spagnoli

When the great god Shao promises Tiger nine cubs each year, Bird comes up with a clever trick to prevent the land from being overrun by tigers.

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Passage to Freedom

Ken Mochizuki

Looks at the Chinese diplomat who used his powers--against the orders of his own government--to assist thousands of Jews in escaping the Nazis in Lithuania

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