KCLS Recommends: Children's - Asian & Pacific Heritage
Annotation:Set in the 1940's, this picture book memoir tells of how Auntie Yang discovered soybeans, a favorite Chinese food, growing in Illinois. What ensues is a soybean picnic tradition that grows into an annual community event. Ages 6 - 10.
Annotation:Hana dreams of playing the violin like her Ojiichan who had been part of the great symphony orchestra in Kyoto. Hana practices and practices, making a very surprising performance at the school talent show. Ages 4 - 8.
Annotation:Fourteen-year-old Mehrigul, is a member of the Turkestan Uyghur tribal group facing oppression under the Chinese communist regime. When an American woman offers to buy all the baskets she can make in three weeks, Mehrigul dreams of a better life for herself and her sister. Ages 9 - 12.
Annotation:Young Alvin longs to be like the brave Chinese farmer-warriors of his ancestors, but instead, this contemporary Concord, Massachusetts kid is afraid of everything! Ages 7- 10
Annotation:A child, eager for a favorite Korean meal, helps with the shopping, food preparation, and table setting in this delightful rhyming book that will have your little ones chanting: “Hungry, hungry, hungry for some Bee Bim Bop!” Ages 3- 8
Annotation:Eleven-year-old aspiring basketball star and interior designer Lucy Wu is excited about finally having her own bedroom, until she learns that her great-aunt is coming to visit and Lucy will have to share a room with her for several months, shattering her plans for a perfect sixth-grade year. Ages 8 -12
Annotation:Caldecott Medalist, Ed Young, traces his childhood in World War II Shanghai, where the house built by his father provides comfort and safety to his family, friends, relatives and refugees. Ages 8 - 12
Annotation:After the Pearl Harbor attack, eleven-year-old Japanese-American Yuki Sakane and her family are forced to go to a desert concentration camp called Topaz in Utah. Ages 7 - 12
Annotation:Eleven-year-old Millicent Min may be smart enough to enter her senior year of high school, but her lack of social skills cause her parents to sign her up for a volleyball team and to tutor her enemy, Stanford Wong. Ages 10+
Annotation:Just when twelve-year-old Summer thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong in a year of bad luck, an emergency takes her parents to Japan, leaving Summer to care for her little brother while helping her grandmother cook and do laundry for harvest workers. Ages 10 - 14
Annotation:Old Ojisan (grandfather in Japanese) witnesses an earthquake and the early warning signs of a tsunami while the villagers in the town below are too busy celebrating the rice festival to notice. Ages 5 - 10
Annotation:Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor village, buys a magical goldfish. She then joins a dragon who cannot fly on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon. Ages 6- 12
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The continent of “Asia” includes 49 or more countries including China, Korea, Vietnam, Russia, India, Afghanistan and others. The “Pacific Islands” is comprised of as many as 30,000 islands in the Pacific, most notably Japan, Samoa, Indonesia, Taiwan, and the Philippines. Books that highlight the Asian or Pacific Islander experience, as well as books that include Asian-American or Pacific Islander- American experience are included on this list. The list may include picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, folklore, biography, both fiction and non-fiction. Books will be selected by qualified librarians based on their quality, availability and kid appeal.