May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage month, and in honor of this, we have put together a list of recent titles by authors of Asian and Pacific Islander decent.
A rather broad term, Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869 (as the majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants).
We invite you to explore worlds both real and imagined, and to voyage through time with these great new titles featuring a diverse array of Asian and Asian American characters. Whether these books serve as mirrors or doorways for you and your children, we hope that you will enjoy reading them, and that they help to build greater empathy and understanding.
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Eyes That Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho; illustrated by Dung Ho.
A young Asian girl notices that her eyes look different from her peers’, and realizes that her eyes are like her mother’s, her grandmother’s, and are filled with stories of the past and hope for the future.
Ahmed Aziz’s Epic Year by Nina Hamza
Moving from Hawaii to Minnesota, Ahmed is having the worst year ever, until he begins to deal with a bully and make new friends—all while finding himself in three books assigned for his English class.
Stargazing / written and illustrated by Jen Wang
Jen Wang draws on her childhood to paint a deeply personal yet wholly relatable friendship story that’s at turns joyful, heart-wrenching, and full of hope.