Join the Library in celebrating Asian American, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month throughout May. As part of our celebrations, our expert librarians have curated a reading list for adults, kids, and teens with more than 100 titles that spotlight a range of experiences within Asian American, Native Hawaiian, 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, Native Hawaiian, 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.
The Bandit Queens by Parini Shroff: DB
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,
Central Places by Delia Cai: BK
Chlorine by Jade Song: BK
The Dream Builders by Oindrila Mukherjee: BK
Gutted by Justin Chin: BK
The Laughter by Sonora Jha: BK
A Living Remedy: A Memoir by Nicole Chung: BK
Monstress: Stories by Lysley Tenorio: BK
No-No Boy by John Okada: BK
Not Quite Not White: Losing and Finding Race in America by Sharmila Sen: BK
The Perfect Sound by Garrett Hongo: BK
Quarantine: Stories by Rahul Mehta: BK
Sea Change by Gina Chung: BK
Soft Science by Franny Choi: BK
This Is Paradise: Stories by Kristiana Kahakauwila: BK
What We Are by Peter Nathaniel Malae: BK
96 Words for Love by Rachel Roy and Ava Dash: BK
Blue Boy: A Novel by Rakesh Satyal: BK
The Cartographers by Amy Zhang: BK
Flux by Jinwoo Chong: BK
Imposter Syndrome and Other Confessions of Alejandra Kim by Patricia Park: BK
A Match Made in Mehendi by Nandini Bajpai: BK
Rani Patel in Full Effect by Sonia Patel: BK
Stars and Smoke by Marie Lu: BK
Welcome Me to the Kingdom by Mai Nardone: BK
When You Wish Upon a Lantern by Gloria Chao: BK
Y/N by Esther Yi BK
Enly and the Buskin' Blues by Jenny Liu: BK
Eva Evergreen: Semi-Magical Witch by Julie Abe: BK
Finally Seen by Kelly Yang: BK
The Guardian Test by Christina Soontornvat: BK
Juna's Jar by Jane Bahk: BK
Mirror to Mirror by Rajani LaRocca: BK
A Morning with Grandpa by Sylvia Liu: BK
One Day by Joanna Ho: BK
Red Kite, Blue Kite by Ji-li Jiang: DB
A Spoonful of Time by Flora Ahn: BK
This Is How I Roll by Debbi Michiko Florence: BK
Join the Library in celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month throughout May with book recommendations, free online events, resources, and more.