Celebrate Asian Heritage Month with these amazing authors!
Gopal, Jyoti Rajan, author
An American child of East Asian descent revels in dances, clothing, games, foods and other characteristics of both cultures, while blending them into what makes this American desi unique.
Zhang, Kat, 1991- author
"Amy is determined to make a perfect dumpling like her parents and grandmother do, but hers are always too empty, too full, or not pinched together properly." --from cataloger.
Zhang, Kat, 1991- author
Amy Wu would love to welcome the new student in her class, but Lin has just come from China and does not speak much English, so with the help of her family Amy tries to work out a way to bridge the language gap.
Jain, Mahak, author
A girl explores her love of dancing and her cultural identity in a lively picture book with echoes of the real-life collaboration between Bharatanatyam icon Rukmini Devi Arundale and ballerina Anna Pavlova.
Shraya, Vivek, 1981- author
Maheshwari, Priti Birla, author
When their train makes a ten-minute stop at the station in Jaipur, a young girl and her mother hurry to get in line for a cup of chai. The girl orders two cups, and then delights in watching the chaiwala at work-grinding the spices, adding scoops of tea leaves and sugar to the bubbling, boiling milk, then cooling the chai by pouring it from high, back and forth, back and forth-the girl is mesmerized. With a biscuit and a rusk added to their order, mother and child find a spot in the crowded station to rest and enjoy the moment. And that first sip.... aaaahhh. Then it's time to wave goodbye to the chaiwala and hurry back to their train to continue their journey.
Woo, Alan, 1977- author
On his first day at a brand-new school, David finds himself alone at recess after his classmates race off to their favorite activities. Kids are on the swings, playing soccer and busy with video games. But David has a pocketful of rubber bands for his favorite jump rope game. Can making friends be as easy as a hop, skip and a jump?
Tran-Davies, Nhung N., author
"A children's picture book inspired by author Nhung N. Tran-Davies's experience as a child refugee from Vietnam, and then sponsoring a family of Syrian refugees as an adult."-- Provided by publisher.
Ho, Joanna, author
A young Asian girl notices that her eyes look different from her peers'. They have big, round eyes and long lashes. She realizes that her eyes are like her mother's, her grandmother's, and her little sister's. They have eyes that kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea, crinkle into crescent moons, and are filled with stories of the past and hope for the future. Drawing from the strength of these powerful women in her life, she recognizes her own beauty and discovers a path to self love and empowerment. This powerful, poetic picture book will resonate with readers of all ages and is a celebration of diversity.
Ho, Joanna, author
A young Asian boy, who notices that his eyes look different from his friends', realizes that his eyes--like his father's, grandfather's, and younger brother's--rise to the skies, speak to the stars, and are visionary.
Chen, Nicole, 1980- author.
An Asian American girl shares how her family expresses their love for one another through actions rather than words.
Leng, Qin author, illustrator
Blackburne, Livia, author
When a young girl and her family emigrate from Taiwan to America, she leaves behind her beloved popo, her grandmother. She misses her popo every day, but even if their visits are fleeting, their love is ever true and strong. Includes author's and illustrator's notes detailing their personal experiences, and glossary of Chinese words connected to the story.
Becher, Natalie, author
Leaving Thailand and moving to Chicago, Krit tries to adjust to this unfamiliar place by solving a Zen riddle that his mother gives him.
Fan, Terry, author
It's a little out of fashion to buy a pet cloud, but Lizzy doesn't mind. She's not looking for a big one or a fancy one, just one that's right for her. And she finds it in Milo. Soon, she's taking Milo out on walks with her family, watering Milo right on schedule, and seeing Milo grow and grow. But what happens when her pet cloud gets too big for Lizzy to handle?
Sullivan, Deirdre, author
Paek, Hŭi-na, author, illustrator
"You've heard of the man in the moon, you might have heard that the moon is made of cheese, and you may or may not have heard of the moon rabbit. In Korean folklore, as well as in folklore from other east Asian countries, they tell tales of a rabbit whose great generosity and sacrifice was honored by having his likeness added to the moon. This is a quiet, weird and wonderful book about a sweltering hot summer night-it's too hot to sleep, too hot to do anything. Everyone has their a.c. running, their fridge doors open, and their windows shut to keep the heat at bay. It is so hot, that the moon begins to melt, in slow drips. Granny hears the drips and runs out to catch the falling moon drops in a bucket. Back in her apartment she puzzles over what to do with the melted moon, and an idea pops into her head -a moon pop idea! She decides the best thing to do is to make popsicles. When all of the whirring and buzzing of the a.c.'s and fridges cause a power outage, Granny hands the moon pops out to her neighbors and as they lick the popsicles, something magical begins to happen-the heat melts away. Everyone is finally asleep and happy... Almost everyone, that is. Two rabbits from the moon knock on Granny's door. They come from the moon and their home has melted away! Once again Granny puzzles over what to do until and idea sprouts in her head-a moon sprout idea! She pours the last few moon drops into a flower pot and puts it in the window. Like magic, it blossoms before their eyes and opens to the sky where suddenly the moon appears in a small speck of light, which grows and grows back into the full moon. The rabbits cheer and dance home to the moon, and Granny finally gets some sleep."-- Provided by publisher.
Yee, Sennah, 1992- author
May isn't having fun on her trip through Chinatown with her grandfather. Gong Gong doesn't speak much English, and May can't understand Chinese. She's hungry, and bored with Gong Gong's errands. Plus, it seems like Gong Gong's friends are making fun of her! But just when May can't take any more, Gong Gong surprises her with a gift that reveals he's been paying more attention than she thought.
Uegaki, Chieri, author
"A young girl finds a way to give the gift of a traditional Japanese garden back to her beloved grandfather and accept a difficult change."-- Provided by publisher.
Ayer, Jacqueline, author, illustrator
Ramadan, Ahmad Danny, author
Newcomer Salma and friends cook up a heartwarming dish to cheer up Mama. All Salma wants is to make her mama smile again. Between English classes, job interviews, and missing Papa back in Syria, Mama always seems busy or sad. A homemade Syrian meal might cheer her up, but Salma doesn't know the recipe, or what to call the vegetables in English, or where to find the right spices! Luckily, the staff and other newcomers at the Welcome Center are happy to lend a hand--and a sprinkle of sumac.
Lam, Thao, author, illustrator
A funny, eye-opening story about the challenges of growing up with an unfamiliar name and learning to be true to yourself.
Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award, Young People's Literature – Illustrated Books New York Public Library Best Books for Kids 2018 Caldecott and Printz Honor-winning illustrator Jillian Tamaki brings us a poetic exploration of colour and nature from a young child's point of view. They Say Blue follows a young girl as she contemplates colours in the known and the unknown, in the immediate world and the world beyond what she can see. The sea looks blue, yet water cupped in her hands is as clear as glass. Is a blue whale blue? She doesn't know — she hasn't seen one. Stunningly beautiful illustrations flow from one spread to the next, as time passes and the imagination takes hold. The world is full of colour, and mystery too, in this first children's book from a highly acclaimed artist. Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.7 With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts). CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.4 Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.6 Identify who is telling the story at various points in a text. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.5 Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.7 Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting)
Wang, Andrea, author
Embarrassed about gathering watercress from a roadside ditch, a girl learns to appreciate her Chinese heritage after learning why the plant is so important to her parents.
It's Neighbor Day! Sesame Street's newest resident, Ji-Young, is excited to celebrate with her new community--and to share some of her Korean culture. This important book is inspired by the See Us Coming Together special, and it illustrates how hurtful racism is while encouraging kindness toward Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, as well as all people.