Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Reading List for Kids

44 Books Found

  • Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood

    Thirteen-year-old Abby Spencer travels from Houston, Texas, to Mumbai to meet the father she never knew—now Bollywood’s biggest film star!—and explores her Indian heritage.
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  • Amina’s Voice

    Amina Khokar is grappling with a lot of changes as she enters middle school, all while balancing her family’s traditional Pakistani culture and customs. This is a heartfelt story about bringing a diverse community together and finding the courage in your own voice.
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  • Any Day with You

    When Kaia’s great-grandfather Tatang resolves to move home to the Philippines, Kaia desperately tries to convince him to stay. She hatches a plan: to win the local filmmaking contest with a film inspired by the traditional Filipino folktales that Tatang has shared over the years.
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  • Bee-bim Bop!

    Illustrated by Ho Baek Lee | A child, eager for a favorite meal, helps with the shopping, food preparation, and table setting.
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  • A Big Mooncake for Little Star

    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?
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  • Bilal Cooks Daal

    Illustrated by Anoosha Syed | Bilal loves chana daal, a South Asian lentil stew. But it takes a long time to cook and the young Pakistani American boy isn’t sure if his non-Asian American friends will appreciate the dish or understand all the love that goes into making it.
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  • Chloe's Lunar New Year

    Illustrated by Michelle Lee. Chloe enjoys the festive celebration and yummy food, but most of all, she loves spending time with her family.

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  • Danbi Leads the School Parade

    Little Danbi is excited to start school in America, but she is the first Asian student most of classmates have ever seen and she doesn't know any of their games. With the power of her imagination, she creates a new game and leads everyone during a fun-filled parade.
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  • A Different Pond

    Illustrated by Thi Bui | A young Vietnamese boy and his father head off to a nearby pond to fish for dinner before dawn. This is a powerful, quietly joyful, and intimate slice of life filled with important aspects of one Vietnamese refugee's experience.
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  • Dim Sum, Here We Come!

    Today is Sunday and that means its dim sum time with my whole family! I can't wait to see everyone, especially Grandma. I'm going to eat lots of shrimp dumplings, rice noodle rolls, egg tarts, and my favorite—char siu buns.

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  • Drawn Together

    Illustrated by Dan Santat | There's an abundance of awkward silences and cultural differences as an English-speaking boy visits his Thai-speaking grandfather. The two use their passion for art to bridge the barriers between them in this moving picture book.
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  • Dumpling Soup

    Illustrated by Lillian Hsu-Flanders | Hawaiian Korean Marisa Yang can’t wait to celebrate New Year’s Eve with her big “chop suey” family. She loves taking part in their traditions, and this year, Marisa gets to make dumplings for the very first time.
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  • Enly and the Buskin' Blues

    Hoping to earn money for band camp tuition, twelve-year-old Enly Wu Lewis starts busking, but his mission quickly turns into a series of misadventures that change how he sees his family, his dreams, and himself.

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  • Eva Evergreen: Semi-Magical Witch

    Illustrated by Shan Jiang | Twelve-year-old Eva dreams of becoming a witch. But she only has a pinch of magic in her blood, and overusing her magic has disastrous outcomes. Can Eva summon courage and confidence to prove her witchy worth? A whimsical and heartwarming adventure.
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  • Eyes that Kiss in the Corners

    Illustrated by Dung Ho | A young girl realizes that her mother, her grandmother, and her little sister have eyes that look different. They 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.
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  • Finally Seen

    When ten-year-old Lina Gao leaves China to live with her parents and sister, after five years apart, she must reckon with her hurt, anger, and curiosity and find a way to get her bearings in this new country--and the almost-new family that comes along with it.

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  • Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom

    Middle child Abbie Wu is about to start middle school and her anxiety is through the roof! Follow along as Abbie tries to find her own voice and discover just where she belongs, all the while navigating some hysterical middle school disasters.
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  • The Guardian Test

    illustrated by Kevin Hong. Young Plum is shocked to discover that she's been accepted to the Guardian Academy on Lotus Island, an elite school where kids learn how to transform into Guardians, magical creatures who are sworn to protect the natural world.

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  • Hello, Universe

    The lives of four misfits are intertwined when a bully's prank lands shy Virgil at the bottom of a well. Valencia, Kaori, and Gen band together in an epic quest to find and rescue him.
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  • Home Is East

    This middle grade coming-of-age novel follows Amy Lim, a Cambodian American girl who struggles with culture shock and an unstable home life when she suddenly relocates from Florida to California to live with her father after her mother abandons the family.
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  • Home Is in Between

    Illustrated by Lavanya Naidu | Immigrating to America, a young girl navigates between her family's Bengali traditions and her new country's culture, exploring the meaning of home.
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  • Juna's Jar

    Illustrated by Felicia Hoshino | After her best friend, Hector, moves away, Juna's brother Minho tries to make her feel better by finding things to put in her special kimchi jar. Each night, whatever is in the jar takes her on a magical journey in search of Hector.
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  • Luna's Yum Yum Dim Sum

    Illustrated by Violet Kim | On Luna's birthday, the whole family goes out for dim sum—but Luna and her brothers can't agree on how to share their pork buns fairly. Should some siblings get more than others? Or should they cut the buns into smaller and smaller pieces?
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  • The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh

    Illustrated by Alea Marley | Harpreet uses his many-colored patkas (turbans) to express his feelings. This rainbow-hued picture book shows how a simple conversation can spark a friendship. A brief afterword on Sikhism is provided.
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  • A Map into the World

    Illustrated by Seo Kim | Follow Paj Ntaub and her Hmong family through the seasons as they experience birth and death in their new neighborhood. Paj hopes that her sidewalk drawings will be a source of comfort for her elderly neighbor. A tender story about immigration and loss.
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  • Measuring Up

    Illustrated by Ann Xu | Newly emmigrated from Taiwan, 12-year-old Cici wants her grandmother to visit more than anything else. Channeling her inner Julia Child, Cici tries to win the cooking contest to pay for a plane ticket, all the while dealing with microaggressions.
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  • Mirror to Mirror

    A novel in verse about identical twin sisters who do everything together—until external pressures threaten to break them apart.

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  • A Morning with Grandpa

    Illustrated by Christina Forshay | A curious and energetic girl spends the day learning tai chi from her grandfather, and in turn tries to teach him how to do yoga.
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  • Once Upon a Book

    Alice can go anywhere in the magical pages of her favorite book. So when it flaps its pages and invites her in, she is swept away to a world of wonder and adventure. But at the end of her imaginative journey, she yearns for the place she loves best of all.

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  • One Day

    Illustrated by Faith Pray. In this heartfelt mother's ode to her baby boy, she shares her hopes and dreams for him as she envisions him exploring the world and blazing his own trail.

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  • One Hug

    Illustrated by Julia Woolf | A young boy discovers many different kinds of hugs and ways to show love as family members and friends gather to welcome his immigrant relatives from China.
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  • Our Favorite Day

    Oh celebrates the bond between grandparents and grandchildren, depicting the peaceful love of a devoted Papa who adjusts his daily routine once a week to visit the craft store, get a takeout treat, or pick flowers with his family.
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  • Paper Son

    Full Title: Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist | Illustrated by Chris Sasaki | Presents the life of Chinese American artist Tyrus Wong, an early employee at the Disney Studios who went on to become an important artist working in different mediums.
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  • Pashmina

    When Priyanka Das is given a chance to travel to India and reconnect with her mother’s past (and possibly discover the identity of her father), she and her magical pashmina embark on a journey of self-discovery.
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  • Puddle

    Unhappy when a rainy day prevents him from playing outside, a little boy discovers the power of creativity when his mother draws a picture of them having fun in the rain and splashing in giant puddles.
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  • Red Kite, Blue Kite

    Illustrated by Greg Ruth | When Tai Shan and his father, Baba, are separated during China's Cultural Revolution, they are able to stay close by greeting one another every day with flying kites until Baba, like the kites, is free.
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  • Snow Place Like Home (Diary of an Ice Princess Series)

    Illustrated by Barbara Szepesi Szucs | Lina has magical powers and lives in the clouds, but all she wants to do is go to a regular, non-magic “groundling” school. Can she keep her powers in check? A young reader series about family and friendship starring a mixed-race character.
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  • A Spoonful of Time

    Illustrated by Jenny Park | Maya discovers stories and secrets from her family's past in Korea as her grandmother teaches her to cook and about their family's ability to time travel into memories via food.

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  • This Is How I Roll

    Susannah Mikami dreams of becoming a famous sushi chef like her dad. And this summer, she plans to learn everything about his traditional kitchen. Only he refuses to teach her, and won't tell her why. Is it because he doesn't want her to embarrass him in front of the documentary crew filming at his restaurant? Or worse, because she's a girl?

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  • This is Not My Home

    Illustrated by Eugenia Yoh. Lily is upset when her mother announces the family will be moving back to Taiwan to care for her Ah Ma, but when her mother explains Taiwan is her home, Lily agrees it is her home too.

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  • Thread of Love

    Illustrated by Zara Gonzalez Hoang | Three siblings enjoy the Indian festival of Raksha Bandhan, a celebration of the special relationship between brothers and sisters, in this reinterpretation of the song "Frère Jacques."
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  • When You Trap a Tiger

    When their grandmother falls ill, a magical tiger straight from her Korean folktales appears and offers Lily and her sister a deal. Weaving Korean folklore with magical realism, this is a moving story about longing, connection, and finding your voice.
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  • Winston Chu vs. the Whimsies

    Winston Chu saves the owner of a curiosities shop from a robbery only to be gifted a broomstick and a dustpan for his trouble--items that turn out to be more a curse than a blessing when they sweep away important stuff, like his baby sister.

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  • ​Your Place in the Universe

    Ever wonder how humans and Earth fit into the bigger picture of the universe? Four eight-year-old stargazers discover just how tiny we are and how expansive the cosmos can be, while learning some basic science facts about our planet, the solar system, and astronomy.
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