Asian and Pacific Island Heritage GR K - 6

Celebrate the rich culture and traditions of Asian authored books. Starting with picture books and moving into novels and non-fiction, this list is a good starting point for bringing more voices and representation into your library collection. 

Book cover of WHEN I FOUND GRANDMA
WHEN I FOUND GRANDMA
By: s balasubramaniam | Published: March 2019

When Maya's grandma makes a surprise visit from thousands of miles away, Maya is delighted. But her excitement doesn't last long. When Grandma picks h...

When Maya's grandma makes a surprise visit from thousands of miles away, Maya is delighted. But her excitement doesn't last long. When Grandma picks her up from school, she wears fancy clothes and talks too loudly. Grandma's morning prayer bells wake Maya up, and she cooks with ingredients Maya doesn't usually eat. Plus, Maya thinks cupcakes taste better than Grandma's homemade sweets. Maya and Grandma try to compromise, and on a special trip to the island Grandma even wears an "all-American" baseball cap. But when Maya rushes off to find the carousel, she loses sight of her mother, father and grandmother. She is alone in a sea of people - until she spots something bobbing above the crowd, and right away she knows how to find her way. Saumiya Balasubramaniam's story is an insightful and endearing portrayal of a grandparent-grandchild relationship that is evolving and deeply loving, as Maya and Grandma navigate cross-cultural contexts and generational differences. Qin Leng's sweet, evocative illustrations complement the story and illuminate Grandma and Maya's growing closeness.

Theme: Diversity, Asian Heritage, India

  • ISBN
    9781773060187
  • Binding
    Hardcover Canadian
  • Category
    Picture Book
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$17.95
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Book cover of ONCE UPON AN HOUR
ONCE UPON AN HOUR
By: annyu-kyung choi | Published: August 2020

A child is told a bedtime tale about how the 12 animals of the Korean zodiac came together to save a young character on their quest for a plant known ...

A child is told a bedtime tale about how the 12 animals of the Korean zodiac came together to save a young character on their quest for a plant known to have healing properties in this gorgeously illustrated picture book.

Theme: Asian Heritage, Korean

  • ISBN
    9781459821279
  • Binding
    Hardcover Canadian
  • Category
    Picture Book
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$19.95
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Book cover of CROUCHING TIGER
CROUCHING TIGER
By: ying compestine | Published: December 2011

A Chinese-American boy gains a new understanding of his Chinese grandfather in this celebratory story of family, martial arts, and the Chinese New Yea...

A Chinese-American boy gains a new understanding of his Chinese grandfather in this celebratory story of family, martial arts, and the Chinese New Year. Vinson is very excited when his grandfather comes from China for a visit. When Grandpa practices tai chi in the garden, Vinson asks to learn, hoping it will be like kung fu, full of kicks and punches. But tai chi’s meditative postures are slow and still, and Vinson quickly gets bored. He can’t understand why Grandpa insists on calling him by his Chinese name, Ming Da, or why he has to wear a traditional Chinese jacket to the Chinese New Year parade. As the parade assembles, however, he notices the great respect given to his grandfather and the lion dancers under his training. And when Vinson is offered a role in the parade, he realizes that being part Chinese can be pretty cool—and is ready to start learning from his grandpa’s martial-arts mastery in earnest.

Theme: Asian Heritage, Inter-Generational

  • ISBN
    9780763646424
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Picture Book
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$19.00
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Book cover of D IS FOR DRAGON DANCE
D IS FOR DRAGON DANCE
By: ying compestine | Published: December 2020

From dazzling dragon dances to scrumptious steamed dumplings, celebrate the Chinese New Year with this bilingual alphabet book in English and Mandarin...

From dazzling dragon dances to scrumptious steamed dumplings, celebrate the Chinese New Year with this bilingual alphabet book in English and Mandarin Chinese. Lunar New Year is here! It''s time for Acrobats to perform, Grandma and Grandpa to make cut paper decorations, friends to share Oranges with one another, and so much more! Follow along as two siblings prepare for the festivities and later have a feast with their whole family. First published in 2006, this new paperback edition presents the text in both English and Mandarin Chinese. Award-winning author Ying Chang Compestine beautifully captures all the tradition and excitement, while YongSheng Xuan''s gentle artwork depicts the celebrations, including a full spread of a dragon dance. The book closes with an illustrated Zodiac calendar, tips to ensure good fortune in the New Year, and an author''s and illustrator''s note.

Theme: Holidays & Celebrations, Asian Heritage

  • ISBN
    9780823447466
  • Binding
    Paperback
  • Category
    Picture Book
Retail Price:
$11.99
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Book cover of EYES THAT KISS IN THE CORNERS
EYES THAT KISS IN THE CORNERS
By: joanna ho | Published: January 2021

This lyrical and stunning picture book tells a story about learning to love and celebrate your Asian-shaped eyes, in the of spirit of Hair Love by Mat...

This lyrical and stunning picture book tells a story about learning to love and celebrate your Asian-shaped eyes, in the of spirit of Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry 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.

Theme: Diversity, #OwnVoices, Self Esteem

  • ISBN
    9780062915627
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Picture Book
Retail Price:
$21.99
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Book cover of BA-CHAN THE NINJA GRANDMA
BA-CHAN THE NINJA GRANDMA
By: sanae ishida | Published: September 2018

In this new edition to the Little Kunoichi series, author and illustrator Sanae Ishida introduces us to Ba-chan, Little Kunoichi's wise, creative, and...

In this new edition to the Little Kunoichi series, author and illustrator Sanae Ishida introduces us to Ba-chan, Little Kunoichi's wise, creative, and eccentric grandmother. Anything is possible with Ba-chan! It's summer and Little Kunoichi's friends are away on vacation. After exploring every nook and cranny of her super, super secret island home with her pet, Bunny, she is bored, bored, BORED! Little Kunoichi shares her ideas to spice things up--a new bike, another pet--with her parents. But they have a better idea: a visit to her wise, quirky, and creative grandma, Ba-chan! Little Kunoichi, joined by her little brother and Bunny, is excited for her visit. They are met with many surprises as they spend time with Ba-chan on an island she made herself and together learn that curiosity, resourcefulness, love, and imagination have more value than things money can buy.

Theme: Diversity

  • ISBN
    9781632171184
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Picture Book
Retail Price:
$16.99
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Book cover of MY CAT LOOKS LIKE MY DAD
MY CAT LOOKS LIKE MY DAD
By: thao lam | Published: April 2019

New from the creator of Wallpaper and Skunk on a String comes a witty and uplifting picture book that will speak to families of all varieties about ho...

New from the creator of Wallpaper and Skunk on a String comes a witty and uplifting picture book that will speak to families of all varieties about how family really is what you make it. Minimal text paired with bright paper-collage illustrations create comparisons on each spread in which the narrator talks about their family—especially the striking similarities between Dad and the cat. Both have orange hair, love milk, start their days with stretches, appreciate a good nap, and are brave (some of the time). The narrator is more like Mom, with wild hair, blue eyes, and a love of dancing. A surprising twist at the end reveals the narrator’s unexpected identity, also hinted at with clues in the art throughout the book. Warmth and whimsy in the illustrations add a playful balance to the story’s deeper message about the love that makes a family a unit, no matter how unusual it may look from the outside.

  • ISBN
    9781771473514
  • Binding
    Hardcover Canadian
  • Category
    Picture Book
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$19.95
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Book cover of PAPER BOAT
PAPER BOAT
By: thao lam | Published: September 2020

At her home in Vietnam, a girl rescues ants from the sugar water set out to trap them. Later, when the girl’s family flees war-torn Vietnam, ants le...

At her home in Vietnam, a girl rescues ants from the sugar water set out to trap them. Later, when the girl’s family flees war-torn Vietnam, ants lead them through the moonlit jungle to the boat that will take them to safety. Before boarding, the girl folds a paper boat from a bun wrapper and drops it into the water, and the ants climb on. Their perilous journey, besieged by punishing weather, predatory birds, and dehydration, before reaching a new beginning, mirrors the family’s own. Impressionistic collages and a moving, Own Voices narrative make this a one-of-a-kind tale of courage, resilience, and hope.

Theme: #OwnVoices, Vietnam, Diversity

  • ISBN
    9781771473637
  • Binding
    Hardcover Canadian
  • Category
    Picture Book
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$19.95
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Book cover of THAO
THAO
By: thao lam | Published: April 2021

A funny, eye-opening story about the challenges of growing up with an unfamiliar name and learning to be true to yourself, new from the critically acc...

A funny, eye-opening story about the challenges of growing up with an unfamiliar name and learning to be true to yourself, new from the critically acclaimed Thao Lam Even though it's only four simple, familiar letters long, nobody can ever pronounce Thao's name. She's been called Theo, Tail, even Towel! But the teasing names--Tofu, Tiny, China Girl--are worse. Maybe it's time to be someone else? Thao decides to try on a different name, something easy, like Jennifer. It works, but only until she opens her lunchbox to find her mother's Vietnamese spring rolls, gỏi cuốn--Thao's favorite! Now, it feels a lot more comfortable to be herself. Simple on the surface, this story inspired by Thao's own childhood is full of humor, heart, and important ideas of diversity, inclusion, and cultural pride.

Theme: Diversity

  • ISBN
    9781771474320
  • Binding
    Hardcover Canadian
  • Category
    Picture Book
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$19.95
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Book cover of WALLPAPER
WALLPAPER
By: thao lam | Published: April 2018

New from the creator of Skunk on a String comes Wallpaper, a wordless picture book in Thao Lam’s signature paper collage style. It tells the sto...

New from the creator of Skunk on a String comes Wallpaper, a wordless picture book in Thao Lam’s signature paper collage style. It tells the story of a young girl whose family moves into a new house. Outside, she can hear other kids playing, but she’s too shy to say hello. So she picks at the old wallpaper in her room—revealing an entryway to a fantastic imaginary adventure world behind the walls. There, she runs between the vibrant and varied environments—surrounded by birds, swimming in a frog pond, in a herd of art-deco sheep—as she finds herself chased by a monster. He is frightening at first, until it becomes clear he simply wants to be her friend. When it comes time to go back to reality, the girl feels inspired with the courage to approach the other kids and say hello. Full of humor and heart, this book delivers exquisite illustrations in a lively fantasy narrative that will inspire thinking about bravery and overcoming obstacles.

Theme: Wordless

  • ISBN
    9781771472838
  • Binding
    Hardcover Canadian
  • Category
    Picture Book
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$19.95
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Book cover of BRACELETS FOR BINA'S BROTHERS
BRACELETS FOR BINA'S BROTHERS
By: rajani larocca | Published: April 2021

Bina has three older brothers and this year she wants to make them bracelets for Raksha Bandhan, an Indian holiday that celebrates brothers and sister...

Bina has three older brothers and this year she wants to make them bracelets for Raksha Bandhan, an Indian holiday that celebrates brothers and sisters--but first she must come up with patterns that include only their favorite colors, plus one unique bead that celebrates their special interests.

Theme: Math, Asian Heritage, Diversity, Stem

  • ISBN
    9781623541293
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Picture Book
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$18.99
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Book cover of BRACELETS FOR BINA'S BROTHERS
BRACELETS FOR BINA'S BROTHERS
By: rajani larocca | Published: April 2021

Bina has three older brothers and this year she wants to make them bracelets for Raksha Bandhan, an Indian holiday that celebrates brothers and sister...

Bina has three older brothers and this year she wants to make them bracelets for Raksha Bandhan, an Indian holiday that celebrates brothers and sisters--but first she must come up with patterns that include only their favorite colors, plus one unique bead that celebrates their special interests.

Theme: Math, Asian Heritage, Diversity, Stem

  • ISBN
    9781623541989
  • Binding
    Paperback
  • Category
    Picture Book
Retail Price:
$8.99
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Book cover of DRAWN TOGETHER
DRAWN TOGETHER
By: minh le | Published: May 2018

The recipient of six starred reviews and the APALA Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature! Named a Best Book of 2018 by theWall Street Journal, ...

The recipient of six starred reviews and the APALA Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature! Named a Best Book of 2018 by theWall Street Journal, NPR,Smithsonian,Kirkus Reviews,School Library Journal,Booklist, theBulletin of the Center for Children's Books,BookRiot, the New York Public Library, the Chicago Public Library-and many more! When a young boy visits his grandfather, their lack of a common language leads to confusion, frustration, and silence. But as they sit down to draw together, something magical happens-with a shared love of art and storytelling, the two form a bond that goes beyond words. With spare, direct text by Minh Lê and luminous illustrations by Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat, this stirring picturebook about reaching across barriers will be cherished for years to come. A Junior Library Guild selection!

Theme: Diversity, Inter-Generational, Asian Heritage

  • ISBN
    9781484767603
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Picture Book
Retail Price:
$18.99
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Book cover of RUBY'S CHINESE NEW YEAR
RUBY'S CHINESE NEW YEAR
By: vickie lee | Published: January 2018

In this picture book celebrating Chinese New Year, animals from the Chinese zodiac help a little girl deliver a gift to her grandmother. Ruby has a s...

In this picture book celebrating Chinese New Year, animals from the Chinese zodiac help a little girl deliver a gift to her grandmother. Ruby has a special card to give to her grandmother for Chinese New Year. But who will help her get to grandmother's house to deliver it? Will it be clever Rat, strong Ox, or cautious Rabbit? Ruby meets each of the twelve zodiac animals on her journey. This picture book includes back matter with a focus on the animals of the Chinese zodiac. - GODWIN BOOKS -

Theme: Asian Heritage

  • ISBN
    9781250133380
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Picture Book
Retail Price:
$23.50
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Book cover of BIG MOONCAKE FOR LITTLE STAR
BIG MOONCAKE FOR LITTLE STAR
By: grace lin | Published: August 2018

A Caldecott Honor Book! A gorgeous picture book that tells a whimsical origin story of the phases of the moon, from award-winning, bestselling author-...

A Caldecott Honor Book! A gorgeous picture book that tells a whimsical origin story of the phases of the moon, from award-winning, bestselling author-illustrator Grace Lin Pat, pat, pat... Little Star's soft feet tiptoed to the Big Mooncake. Little Star loves the delicious Mooncake that she bakes with her mama. But she's not supposed to eat any yet! What happens when she can't resist a nibble? In this stunning picture book that shines as bright as the stars in the sky, Newbery Honor author Grace Lin creates a heartwarming original story that explains phases of the moon.

Theme: Diversity, Asian Heritage

  • ISBN
    9780316404488
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Picture Book
Retail Price:
$24.99
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