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Great Asian Amerian Heritage Books

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Big Red Lollipop - Rukhsana Khan; Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780670062874
Publication Date: 2010-03-04
Having to take her younger sister along the first time she is invited to a birthday party spoils Rubina's fun, and later when that sister is asked to a party and baby sister wants to come, Rubina must decide whether to help

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The Name Jar - Yangsook Choi (Illustrator)
ISBN: 037580613X
Publication Date: 2001-07-10
After Unhei moves from Korea to the United States, her new classmates help her decide what her name should be

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Suki's Kimono - Chieri Uegaki; Stéphane Jorisch (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1553370848
Publication Date: 2003-09-01
Filled with gentle enthusiam and a touch of whimsy, this book is the joyful story of a little girl whose spirit leads her to march to the sound of her own drumbeat. The detailed watercolors add to the cultural overtomes of the tale

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Cora Cooks Pancit - Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore; Kristi Valiant (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781885008350
Publication Date: 2014-05-01
When all her older siblings are away, Cora's mother finally lets her help make pancit, a Filipino noodle dish. Includes recipe for pancit

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Red Kite, Blue Kite - Ji-Li Jiang; Greg Ruth (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781423127536
Publication Date: 2013-01-22
When Tai Shan and his father, Baba, are separated during China's Cultural Revolution, they are able to stay close by greeting one another every day with flying kites until Baba, like the kites, is free. Includes historical note.
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Auntie Yang's Great Soybean Picnic - Ginnie Lo; Beth Lo
ISBN: 9781600604423
Publication Date: 2012-04-01
A Chinese American girl's Auntie Yang discovers soybeans--a favorite Chinese food--growing in Illinois, and their family starts a soybean picnic tradition that grows into an annual community event.

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Bee-Bim Bop! - Linda Sue Park; Ho Baek Lee (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780547076713
Publication Date: 2008-11-10
Bee-bim bop ("mix-mix rice") is a traditional Korean dish. In bouncy rhyming text, a hungry child tells of helping her mother make bee-bim bop: shopping, preparing ingredients, setting the table, and sitting down to enjoy a favorite meal. The enthusiasm of the narrartor is conveyed in the whimsical illustrations, which bring details from the artist’s childhood in Korea to his depiction of a modern Korean-American family. The book includes Linda Sue’s own bee-bim bop recipe!

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Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-Ji - F. Zia; Ken Min (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781600604430
Publication Date: 2011-04-01
Aneel's grandparents have come to stay, all the way from India. Aneel loves the sweet smell of his grandmother s incense, and his grandfather, Dada-ji, tells the world s best When he was a boy, adventurous, energetic Dada-ji had the power of a tiger. Hunh-ji! Yes, sir! He could shake mangoes off trees and wrangle wild cobras. And what gave him his power? Fluffy-puffy hot, hot roti, with a bit of tongue-burning mango pickle. Does Dada-ji still have the power? Aneel wants to find out but first he has to figure out how to whip up a batch of hot, hot roti Overflowing with family, food, and a tall stack of fun, Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji is sure to warm the heart and tickle the tummy. Hunh-ji! Yes, sir!

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Fortune Cookie Fortunes - Grace Lin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780440421924
Publication Date: 2006-12-26
Crack, crack, crack! The cookies snap open and the family’s fortunes are revealed. Mei Mei wants to know how hers will come true. Jie Jie scoffs—they never come true. But Pacy isn’t so sure. As she waits and watches, she notices magical things happening in her family. Could the fortunes really be right? And what about Pacy’s fortune: “You will see the world in a new way”? Well, yes, it’s true! Pacy has been seeing the world through fortune cookies!

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Dim Sum for Everyone! - Grace Lin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780440417705
Publication Date: 2003-01-14
In English, dim sum means “little hearts,” or “touches the heart,” but to this young girl, dim sum means delicious. On a visit to a bustling dim sum restaurant, a family picks their favorite little dishes from the steaming trolleys filled with dumplings, cakes, buns, and tarts. And as is traditional and fun, they share their food with each other so that everyone gets a bite of everything.
Just right for young children, Dim Sum for Everyone! celebrates a cultural custom and a universal favorite activity–eating!

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The Korean Cinderella - Shirley Climo; Ruth Heller (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780064433976
Publication Date: 1996-01-18
This is an enchanting and magical variant of the favorite fairy tale. Publishers Weekly noted that "the text is especially noteworthy for its instructive but unobtrusive incorporation of Korean words." Children's Literature pointed out that "it should be noted that all the illustrations—from those depicting Korean rituals to the smallest clothing details—are the result of the illustrator's extensive research and passionate interest in Korean culture."

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Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin - Chieri Uegaki; Qin Leng (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781894786331
Publication Date: 2014-08-01
In this beautifully written picture book, Hana Hashimoto has signed up to play her violin at her school's talent show. The trouble is, she's only a beginner, and she's had only three lessons. Her brothers insist she isn't good enough. ?It's a talent show, Hana,? they tell her. ?You'll be a disaster!? Hana remembers how wonderfully her talented grandfather, or Ojiichan, played his violin when she was visiting him in Japan. So, just like Ojiichan, Hana practices every day. She is determined to play her best. When Hana's confidence wavers on the night of the show, however, she begins to wonder if her brothers were right. But then Hana surprises everyone once it's her turn to perform --- even herself!

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Little Sap and Monsieur Rodin - Michelle Lord; Felicia Hoshino
ISBN: 9781584302483
Publication Date: 2006-04-01
The story of Little Sap, a young Cambodian dancer who posed for artist Auguste Rodin in 1906 during the Colonial Exhibition in France.

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A Place Where Sunflowers Grow - Amy Lee-Tai (Text by); Felicia Hoshino (Illustrator); Marc Akio Lee (Text by)
ISBN: 9780892392155
Publication Date: 2006-05-25
The book tells the story of Mari, who — along with thousands of other Japanese Americans– has been forced to move to the Topaz internment camp during World War II. An art class and a kindly teacher offer a ray of hope amidst these unjust circumstances.

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Chachaji's Cup - Uma Krishnaswami; Soumya Sitaraman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780892391783
Publication Date: 2013-04-01
A young boy’s special relationship with Chachaji, his father’s old uncle, teaches him important lessons about family bonds and his rich Indian heritage,” writes Hong. This book was also made into a stage performance in 2010 that featured Bollywood and sitar music and a multicultural cast.

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Hush! - Mingfong Ho; Holly Meade (Illustrator); Minfong Ho
ISBN: 9780531071663
Publication Date: 2000-03-01
“Mosquito, mosquito, / don’t come weeping. / Can’t you see that / Baby’s sleeping?” A mother asks a mosquito, a lizard, a monkey, and a water buffalo to be quiet and not disturb her sleeping baby.

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Round Is a Mooncake - Roseanne Greenfield Thong; Grace Lin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781452136448
Publication Date: 2014-09-16
A little girl's urban neighborhood becomes a discovery ground for all things round, square, and rectangular in this lyrical picture book. Most items are Asian in origin, others universal: round rice bowls and a found pebble, square dim sum and the boxes that the pizzas come in, rectangular Chinese lace and a very special pencil case. Bright, whimsical art accompanies the narrative rhyme, and a short glossary adds cultural significance to the objects featured in the book. Perfect for read-alouds or one-on-one sharing.

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Hiromi's Hands - Lynne Barasch
ISBN: 9781620142516
Publication Date: 2015-10-31
Growing up in New York City, Hiromi Suzuki missed spending time with her father, a sushi chef who worked long hours in the family s Japanese restaurant. So one day when she was eight years old, Hiromi begged her father to take her to the Fulton Fish Market, where he bought fresh fish. Hiromi was fascinated by what she saw and learned; and by the time she was thirteen, she asked her father to teach her to make sushi. Hiromi eventually mastered every kind of sushi and started working as a chef in 1996. She was one of a handful of female sushi chefs at the time, a true culinary pioneer in the once all-male world of sushi chefs. Hiromi s Hands is the story of a young girl s determination to follow her dream, and a tribute to the loving family who supported her. An Author s Note and Glossary/Pronunciation Guide are included.

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Stranger in the Mirror - Allen Say (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780395615904
Publication Date: 1995-10-30
When a young Asian-American boy who spends all of his time skateboarding wakes up one morning with the face of an old man, he has trouble convincing people that he is still himself.

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Emma's Rug - Allen Say (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780395742945
Publication Date: 1996-10-28
A young artist finds that her creativity comes from within when the rug that she had always relied upon for inspiration is destroyed.

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A Place to Grow - Soyung Pak; Marcelino Truong (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780439130158
Publication Date: 2002-09-01
As a father tells his daughter what a seed needs to flourish, he also explains the reasons he emigrated to a new homeland.

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Ming Goes to School - Deirdre Sullivan; Maja Löfdahl (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781510700505
Publication Date: 2016-07-05
Ming goes to preschool, where she bravely plays all kinds of games with new friends and old, but she is still not quite ready for the big red slide.

 

More Asian American Heritage Books

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Yoon and the Jade Bracelet - Helen Recorvits; Gabi Swiatkowska (Illustrator); H. Recorvits
ISBN: 9780374386894
Publication Date: 2008-08-05
Although she really would have liked a jump rope for her birthday, Yoon is happy to receive a Korean picture book and a jade bracelet passed down from her grandmother, and when she wears the bracelet to school it seems as if her wish for a jump rope and a friend is about to come true.

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The Happiest Tree - Uma Krishnaswami; Ruth Jeyaveeran (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781584302377
Publication Date: 2013-04-01
Embarrassed by her clumsiness, eight-year-old Meena, an Asian Indian American girl, is reluctant to appear in the school play until she gains self-confidence by practicing yoga.

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Wabi Sabi - Mark Reibstein; Ed Young (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316118255
Publication Date: 2008-10-01
Wabi Sabi, a cat living in the city of Kyoto, learns about the Japanese concept of beauty through simplicity as she asks various animals she meets about the meaning of her name.

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The Firekeeper's Son - Linda Sue Park; Julie Downing (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780618133376
Publication Date: 2004-03-22
In nineteenth-century Korea, after Sang-hee's father injures his ankle, Sang-hee attempts to take over the task of lighting the evening fire which signals to the palace that all is well. Includes historical notes.

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Fortune Cookie Fortunes - Grace Lin
ISBN: 9780375815218
Publication Date: 2004-05-11
After a young Chinese American girl opens fortune cookies with her family, she notices that the fortunes seem to come true. Includes brief notes on the history of the fortune cookie.

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Yoko Writes Her Name - Rosemary Wells (Illustrator); Margaret Wise Brown
ISBN: 9780786803712
Publication Date: 2008-07-29
Kindergartner Yoko not only learns to write her letters and numbers in English, she shows her teacher and fellow students how to write their names using Japanese calligraphy.

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Halmoni and the Picnic - Karen M. Dugan (Illustrator); Sook Nyul Choi; Karen Dugan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780395616260
Publication Date: 1993-09-27
At a picnic in New York City's Central Park, a Korean-American girl's third grade class helps her newly arrived grandmother feel more comfortable with her new life in the United States.

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The White Swan Express - Jean Davies Okimoto; Elaine M. Aoki; Meilo So (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780618164530
Publication Date: 2002-10-21
Across North America, people in four different homes prepare for a special trip to China, while four baby girls in China await their new adoptive parents.

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Mama's Saris - Pooja Makhijani; Elena Gomez (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316011051
Publication Date: 2007-05-01
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.

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Chachaji's Cup - Uma Krishnaswami; Soumya Sitaraman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780892391783
Publication Date: 2013-04-01
A boy learns about his family history and the Partition of India from his great uncle, through stories told over a beloved old teacup.

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The Wall - Eve Bunting; Ronald Himler (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780395629772
Publication Date: 1992-08-24
A young boy and his father visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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Dim Sum for Everyone! - Grace Lin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780375810824
Publication Date: 2001-07-10
A child describes the various little dishes of dim sum that she and her family enjoy on a visit to a restaurant in Chinatown.

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In the Snow - Huy Voun Lee (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780805031720
Publication Date: 1995-09-15
A mother and son practice writing Chinese characters in the snow. Introduces the characters for ten simple words.

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Chang's Paper Pony - Eleanor Coerr; Deborah Kogan Ray (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780060213299
Publication Date: 1988-07-20
In San Francisco during the 1850's gold rush, Chang, the son of Chinese immigrants, wants a pony but cannot afford one until his friend Big Pete finds a solution.

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The Umbrella Queen - Shirin Yim Bridges; Taeeun Yoo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780060750404
Publication Date: 2008-06-17
In a village in Thailand where everyone makes umbrellas, young Noot dreams of painting the most beautiful one and leading the annual parade as Umbrella Queen, but her unconventional designs displease her parents.

 

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Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2017

Overview

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month is a month to celebrate and pay tribute to the contributions generations of Asian/Pacific Americans have made to American history, society and culture.

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month originated in 1978 when Congress passed  a law directed the President to issue a proclamation designating the week beginning on May 1, 1979 as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week. Today Asian/Pacific Heritage Month is celebrated for the entire month of May.

 

Vice President Pence Honors Asian American Heritage Month 2017

 

About Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Asian Pacific Heritage: Booklists

These books celebrate the diverse cultures of the Asia Pacific and the ways those traditions have become embedded into life in the U.S.  They also reflect the resilience of Asian Pacific Americans who call this country home, even in the most difficult of situations.

 

More Asian American Heritage Chapter Books

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The Year of the Book - Andrea Cheng; Abigail Halpin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780544022638
Publication Date: 2013-05-07
In Chinese, peng you means friend. But in any language, all Anna knows for certain is that friendship is complicated.

When Anna needs company, she turns to her books. Whether traveling through A Wrinkle in Time, or peering over My Side of the Mountain, books provide what real life cannot—constant companionship and insight into her changing world.Series

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Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything - Lenore Look; Anne Wilsdorf (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781416950035
Publication Date: 2007-09-25
When Ruby's cousin Flying Duck emigrates from China to live with her, Ruby decides the best thing about Flying Duck is that she is a great new friend. BUT the worst thing about Flying Duck is that now, no one speaks English at home. Plus, there's strange food on the table every night and only chopsticks to eat it with. And Flying Duck is deaf, and Ruby doesn't know any Chinese Sign Language. Series

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Rickshaw Girl - Mitali Perkins; Jamie Hogan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781580893091
Publication Date: 2008-02-01
Ten-year-old Naima longs to earn money to help her poor Bangladeshi family, but her talent in painting traditional patterns, or alpanas, is no use. While considering whether she could disguise herself as a boy and try to drive her father's rickshaw, she wrecks the vehicle and its painted tin sides on a test-drive, threatening the family's sole livelihood. Her solution is to steal away, disguised as a boy, to a repair shop and offer her services painting decorations on the rickshaws. She is surprised to find that the owner is a woman

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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon - Grace Lin
ISBN: 9780316038638
Publication Date: 2011-04-12
In the valley of Fruitless mountain, a young girl named Minli lives in a ramshackle hut with her parents. In the evenings, her father regales her with old folktales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man on the Moon, who knows the answers to all of life's questions. Inspired by these stories, Minli sets off on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man on the Moon to ask him how she can change her family's fortune. She encounters an assorted cast of characters and magical creatures along the way, including a dragon who accompanies her on her quest for the ultimate answer. Series

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Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream - Jenny Han
ISBN: 9780316070379
Publication Date: 2014-01-14
Likes: her best friends, her grandpa, her little sister (when she's not being annoying, which is almost always), candy necklaces, her fancy Korean dress, and the Apple Blossom Festival.

Dislikes: her little sister (when she's being annoying, which is almost always), her mom's yucky fish soup, and bad dreams (even though Grandpa says they mean good luck).

Clara Lee's luck keeps changing. Will she have good luck again in time to win the Little Miss Apple Pie pageant?

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Alvin Ho - Lenore Look; LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780553520552
Publication Date: 2015-09-08
Here’s the sixth book in the beloved and hilarious Alvin Ho chapter book series, which has been compared to Diary of a Wimpy Kid and is perfect for both beginning and reluctant readers. Series

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The Year of the Dog - Grace Lin
ISBN: 9780316060028
Publication Date: 2007-05-01
It's the Chinese Year of the Dog, and as Pacy celebrates with her family, she finds out that this is the year she is supposed to "find herself." Universal themes of friendship, family, and finding one's passion in life make this novel appealing to readers of all backgrounds. This funny and profound book is a wonderful debut novel by a prolific picture book author and illustrator and has all the makings of a classic.

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The Thing about Luck - Cynthia Kadohata; Julia Kuo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781442474659
Publication Date: 2014-06-03
Summer knows that kouun means "good luck" in Japanese, and this year her family has none of it. Just when she thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong, an emergency whisks her parents away to Japan--right before harvest season. Summer and her little brother are left in the care of their grandparents -- Obaachan and Jiichan -- who come out of retirement in order to harvest wheat and help pay the bills.

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Inside Out and Back Again - Thanhhà Lai
ISBN: 9780061962790
Publication Date: 2013-01-02
Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.

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The Great Wall of Lucy Wu - Wendy Wan-Long Shang
ISBN: 9780545162166
Publication Date: 2013-01-01
In this humorous and heartfelt debut about a split cultural identity, nothing goes according to plan for sixth-grader Lucy Wu. Lucy Wu, aspiring basketball star and interior designer, is on the verge of having the best year of her life. She's ready to rule the school as a sixth grader and take over the bedroom she has always shared with her sister. In an instant, though, her plans are shattered when she finds out that Yi Po, her beloved grandmother's sister, is coming to visit for several months, and is staying in Lucy's room. Lucy's vision of a perfect year begins to crumble, and in its place come an unwelcome roommate, foiled birthday plans, and Chinese school with the awful Talent Chang. Her plans are ruined ��� or are they? As the Chinese saying goes: Events that appear to be good or bad luck often turn out to be quite the opposite. Lucy finds that while she may not get the perfect year she had in mind, she can create something even better. Wendy Wan-Long Shang has crafted an original and engaging story about learning who you are in the most unexpected ways.

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In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson - Bette Bao Lord; Marc Simont (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780064401753
Publication Date: 2003-09-02
The hilarious and timeless story about an immigrant girl inspired by the sport she loves to find her own team—and to break down any barriers that stand in her way. Series

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Blackbird Fly - Erin Entrada Kelly; Betsy Peterschmidt (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062238627
Publication Date: 2016-03-01
Twelve-year-old Apple grapples with being different from her classmates. She and her mother immigrated from the Philippines when she was little. Her mother still cooks Filipino foods and gives Apple a hard time for becoming “too American.” When her friendships become difficult, Apple turns to music and starts saving for a guitar. Acclaimed Blackbird Fly is a heartfelt story about family, friendship, identity and finding your own way.

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Project Mulberry - Linda Sue Park
ISBN: 9780440421634
Publication Date: 2007-01-23
Spunky Julia and her friend Patrick are trying to decide on a project for the country fair. Julia’s mother suggests they raise silkworms as she did years ago in Korea. Although all-American Julia finds that a little too ‘Korean’, they go ahead and soon realize that raising silkworms is a lot tougher than they thought. Project Mulberry is a fun story about prejudice, acceptance, and finding a good source of Mulberry leaves, framed by an entertaining dialogue between Julia and the author herself.

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The Thing about Luck - Cynthia Kadohata; Julia Kuo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781442474659
Publication Date: 2014-06-03
Kouun means “good luck” in Japanese, but this year 12-year old Summer’s family has none of it. With her parents away in Japan to care for relatives, Summer and her younger brother have to help their grandparents with the hard harvesting work. Award-winning The Thing about Luck is a gentle and sometimes funny exploration of family bonds and a young girl’s journey to self-actualization.

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Rickshaw Girl - Mitali Perkins; Jamie Hogan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781580893091
Publication Date: 2008-02-01
Ten-year-old Naima longs to earn money to help her poor Bangladeshi family, but her talent in painting traditional patterns, or alpanas, is no use. While considering whether she could disguise herself as a boy and try to drive her father's rickshaw, she wrecks the vehicle and its painted tin sides on a test-drive, threatening the family's sole livelihood. Her solution is to steal away, disguised as a boy, to a repair shop and offer her services painting decorations on the rickshaws. She is surprised to find that the owner is a woman. When Naima reveals herself, she is hired on the condition that her father will keep bringing her for training at the shop, so that her paintings will help the business. The future looks bright for the girl and her family. Short chapters, well-delineated characters, soft black-line pastel illustrations, and a child-appropriate solution enrich this easy-to-read chapter book that would also appeal to less-able middle school readers. The rich back matter includes an informative glossary of Bangla words, plus a valuable author's note that explains the process of microfinance and its results for poor women in rural markets.

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Ruby Lu, Brave and True - Lenore Look; Anne Wilsdorf (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780689849077
Publication Date: 2004-03-01
Almost-eight-year-old Ruby Lu spends time with her baby brother, goes to Chinese school, performs magic tricks and learns to drive, and has adventures with both old and new friends. Series

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The Land of Forgotten Girls - Erin Entrada Kelly
ISBN: 9780062238641
Publication Date: 2016-03-01
Abandoned by their father and living in poverty with their heartless stepmother in Louisiana, two sisters from the Philippines, twelve-year-old Sol and six-year-old Ming, learn the true meaning of family.

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When the Circus Came to Town - Laurence Yep; Suling Wang (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780060293253
Publication Date: 2001-12-01
An Asian cook and a Chinese New Year celebration help a ten-year-old girl at a Montana stage coach station to regain her confidence after smallpox scars her face.

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Sahara Special - Esmé Raji Codell
ISBN: 9780786807932
Publication Date: 2003-03-24
Struggling with school and her feelings since her father left, Sahara gets a fresh start with a new and unique teacher who supports her writing talents and the individuality of each of her classmates.

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Meow Means Mischief - Ann Whitehead Nagda; Stephanie Roth (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780823417865
Publication Date: 2003-01-01
A stray kitten turns out to be the perfect way to help Rana make friends in her new school and to feel more comfortable with her grandparents, who are visiting from India while her parents are away.

 

More Inspirational Asian American Heritage Books

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Coolies - Yin; Chris K. Soentpiet (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780142500552
Publication Date: 2003-05-26
Tells the story of Shek and Little Wong, who arrive in California to build the transcontinental railroad. Inspired by actual events, this story reveals the harsh truth about life for the Chinese railroad workers in 1865, while celebrating their perseverance and bravery. The author and illustrator also teamed up to create Brothers, a story about a friendship between Ming, a boy in San Francisco’s Chinatown, and his Irish neighbor, Patrick.

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Baseball Saved Us - Ken Mochizuki; Dom Lee (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781880000199
Publication Date: 1995-03-01
The story takes place in a Japanese Internment Camp.The main character is a small Japanese American boy who dislikes baseball because he is often teased as he plays with his white peers. Life is even harsher at the camp, with tempers flaring in the tight quarters. However, a makeshift baseball game at Whether your kids are sports nuts or benchwarmers, they will probably find the baseball aspect of this story something they can relate to.

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Apple Pie Fourth of July - Janet S. Wong; Margaret Chodos-Irvine (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780152057084
Publication Date: 2006-05-01
Apple Pie Fourth of July by Janet S. Wong and illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine is a more contemporary story that deals with an issue that many children of immigrants can relate to: food shame. The main character is embarrassed that her family is cooking Chinese food to serve in their shop, even though it is Independence Day. Of course, there is a delicious twist to the story.

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The Bracelet - Yoshiko Uchida; Joanna Yardley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780698113909
Publication Date: 1996-11-12
Emi and her family are being sent to a place called an internment camp, where all Japanese-Americans must go. The year is 1942. The United States and Japan are at war. Seven-year-old Emi doesn't want to leave her friends, her school, her house; yet as her mother tells her, they have no choice, because they are Japanese-American. For her mother's sake, Emi doesn't say how unhappy she is. But on the first day of camp, when Emi discovers she has lost her heart bracelet, she can't help wanting to cry. "How will I ever remember my best friend?" she asks herself.

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So Far from the Sea - Eve Bunting; Chris K. Soentpiet (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780547237527
Publication Date: 2009-06-29
Laura Iwasaki and her family are paying what may be their last visit to Laura's grandfather's grave. The grave is at Manzanar, where thousands of Americans of Japanese heritage were interned during World War II. Among those rounded up and taken to the internment camp were Laura's father, then a small boy, and his parents. Now Laura says goodbye to Grandfather in her own special way, with a gesture that crosses generational lines and bears witness to the patriotism that survived a shameful episode in America's history. Eve Bunting's poignant text and Chris K. Soentpiet's detailed, evocative paintings make the story of this family's visit to Manzanar, and of the memories stirred by the experience, one that will linger in readers' minds and hearts. Afterword.

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A Place Where Sunflowers Grow - Amy Lee-Tai; Felicia Hoshino (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780892392742
Publication Date: 2015-01-15
Under the harsh summer sun, Mari’s art class has begun. But it’s hard to think of anything to draw in a place where nothing beautiful grows — especially a place like Topaz, the internment camp where Mari’s family and thousands of other Japanese Americans have been sent to live during World War II. Somehow, glimmers of hope begin to surface — in the eyes of a kindly art teacher, in the tender words of Mari’s parents, and in the smile of a new friend. Amy Lee-Tai’s sensitive prose and Felicia Hoshino’s stunning mixed-media images show that hope can survive even the harshest injustice.

Yang the Third and Her Impossible Family - Lensey Namioka; Kees De Kiefte (Illustrator)
ISBN: :9780316597265
Publication Date: 1995-05-01
Yingmei Yang is trying her best to learn how to "be American" so she can fit in at her new home in Seattle. She's changed her name to Mary but her family can't seem to let go of their old Chinese customs. Series

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The Jade Dragon - Carolyn Marsden; Virginia Shin-Mui Loh
ISBN: 9780763630126
Publication Date: 2006-10-10
A Chinese-American girl torn between her family's traditional values and the more modern ones in her second grade classroom learns that friendship cannot be bought.

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Tua and the Elephant - R. P. Harris; Taeeun Yoo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780811877817
Publication Date: 2012-04-18
In Chiang Mai, Thailand, nine-year-old Tua releases an abused elephant from its chains--can she complete the rescue by getting it to an elephant refuge without being caught herself?

 

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Every Year on Your Birthday - Jane Dyer (Illustrator); Rose Lewis
ISBN: 9780316525527
Publication Date: 2007-05-01
Each year on the birthday of her adopted Chinese daughter, a mother recalls the moments they have shared, from the first toy to the friends left behind in China.

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Maggie's Chopsticks - Alan Woo; Isabelle Malenfant (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781554536191
Publication Date: 2012-08-01
Nearly everyone around the dinner table has something to say about the "right" way to hold chopsticks. But when Father reminds her not to worry about everyone else, Maggie finally gets a grip on an important lesson.

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My Dadima Wears a Sari - Kashmira Sheth; Yoshiko Jaeggi (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781561453924
Publication Date: 2007-03-01
Two young sisters raised in America learn about the beauty and art of wearing a sari from their wise Indian grandmother.

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The Seven Chinese Sisters - Kathy Tucker; Grace Lin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780807573099
Publication Date: 2003-01-01
When a dragon snatches the youngest of seven talented Chinese sisters, the other six come to her rescue.

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Henry's First-Moon Birthday - Lenore Look; Yumi Heo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780689822940
Publication Date: 2001-04-01
A young girl helps her grandmother with preparations for the traditional Chinese celebration to welcome her new baby brother.

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Goldfish and Chrysanthemums - Andrea Cheng; Michelle Chang (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781584300571
Publication Date: 2003-04-01
A Chinese American girl puts her goldfish into a fish pond that she creates and borders with chrysanthemums in order to remind her grandmother of the fish pond she had back in China.

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