Join the Library in celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month throughout May. As part of our celebrations, our expert librarians have curated a new reading list for adults, kids, and teens with more than 80 titles that spotlight a range of experiences within Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.
If you find it hard to read standard print, The New York Public Library's Andrew Heiskell Library provides free access to talking books, talking book players, braille, a talking book download website, and a free talking book and e-braille app for mobile devices. Learn more and apply.
Most of the books on the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Reading List are available in one or more accessible formats. Find links to them below.
DB = available on BARD in talkingbook format and as a mailable talking book, available via the link or by mail (call us at 212-206-5400 to order a physical copy).
BR = available on BARD in braille format and as mailable physical braille, available via the link or by mail (call us at 212-206-5400 to order a physical copy).
BK = available through Bookshare via the link. All Heiskell members can gain access to Bookshare for free.
Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America by Vivek Bald: BK
The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui: DB,
Gutted by Justin Chin: BK
Monstress: Stories by Lysley Tenorio: BK
No-No Boy: A Novel by John Okada: BK
Not Quite Not White: Losing and Finding Race in America by Sharmila Sen: BK
Quarantine: Stories by Rahul Mehta: BK
Soft Science by Franny Choi: BK
This Is Paradise: Stories by Kristiana Kahakauwila: BK
What We Are: A Novel by Peter Nathaniel Malae: BK
96 Words for Love by Rachel Roy and Ava Dash: BK
Blue Boy: A Novel by Rakesh Satyal: BK
A Match Made in Mehendi by Nandini Bajpai: BK
Rani Patel in Full Effect by Sonia Patel: BK
Eva Evergreen: Semi-Magical Witch by Julie Abe: BK
Juna's Jar by Jane Bahk: BK
A Morning with Grandpa by Sylvia Liu: BK
Red Kite, Blue Kite by Ji-li Jiang: DB,
Join the Library in celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month throughout May with book recommendations, free online events, resources, and more.