Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Reading List: Accessible Versions with BARD & Bookshare Links

By NYPL Staff
May 13, 2021

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.


All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir by Nicole Chung: DB, BR, BK

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,

Bestiary: A Novel by K-Ming Chang: DB, BK

Bright Lines: A Novel by Tanaïs (née Tanwi Nandini Islam): DB, BK

Dear Girls by Ali Wong: DB, BK

Fairest: A Memoir by Meredith Talusan: DB, BK

The Good Immigrant: 26 Writers Reflect on America by Nikesh Shukla and Chimene Suleyman (eds.): DB, BK

Gutted by Justin Chin: BK

Homeland Elegies: A Novel by Ayad Akhtar: DB, BK

If They Come for Us: Poems by Fatimah Asghar: DB, BR, BK

The Incendiaries: A Novel by R.O. Kwon: DB, BK

Insurrecto: A Novel by Gina Apostol: DB, BK

The Leavers: A Novel by Lisa Ko: DB, BK

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong: DB, BR, BK

Monstress: Stories by Lysley Tenorio: BK

New Waves: A Novel by Kevin Nguyen: DB, BK

No-No Boy: A Novel by John Okada: BK

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

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong: DB, BR, BK

Quarantine: Stories by Rahul Mehta: BK

Soft Science by Franny Choi: BK

A Tale for the Time Being: A Novel by Ruth Ozeki: DB, BK

This Is Paradise: Stories by Kristiana Kahakauwila: BK

We Too Sing America by Deepa Iyer: DB, BR, BK

What We Are: A Novel by Peter Nathaniel Malae: BK


96 Words for Love by Rachel Roy and Ava Dash: BK

After the Shot Drops by Randy Ribay: DB, BR, BK

Blue Boy: A Novel by Rakesh Satyal: BK

Born Confused byTanuja Desai Hidie: DB, BK

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo: DB, BK

Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier: DB, BK

A Match Made in Mehendi by Nandini Bajpai: BK

Rani Patel in Full Effect by Sonia Patel: BK

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon: DB, BK

Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed: DB, BK

You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins: DB, BK


Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan: DB, BK

Any Day with You by Mae Respicio: DB, BK

Bee-bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park: DB, BR, BK

A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin: DB, 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,

When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller: DB, BK

Join the Library in celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month throughout May with book recommendations, free online events, resources, and more.