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Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Booklist

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May 2, 2021

May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month -- a celebration recognizing the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. We've compiled a booklist by and about Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans for all ages!

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Children's Picture Books

A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin

Bilal Cooks Daal by Aisha Saeed

Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin

A Different Pond by Ban Phi

Eyes That Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho

Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say

Hot Hot Roti for Dada-Ji by F. Zia

Laila’s Lunchbox by Reem Faruqi

Leila in Saffron by Rukhsanna Guidroz

A Map Into the World by Kao Kalia Yang

The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi

‘Ohana Means Family by Ilima Loomis

Children's and Preteen Chapter Books

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park

Stand Up, Yumi Chung by Jessica Kim

When you Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller

Teen and Young Adult Fiction

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

American Panda by Gloria Chao

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

Frankly in Love by David Yoon

Internment by Samira Ahmed

Love, Hate, & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay

They Called Us Enemy by George Takei

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed

Adult Fiction

America Is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo

The Calligrapher’s Daughter by Eugenia Kim

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

A Free Life by Ha Jin

Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao

The Leavers by Lisa Ko

Marriage of a Thousand Lies by SJ Sindu

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Adult Nonfiction

All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir by Nicole Chung

Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao’s Revolution by Helen Zia

The Magical Language of Others: A Memoir by E.J. Koh

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong

Not Quite Not White: Losing Race and Finding America by Sharmila Sen

The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston