KCLS Recommends: Children's - Asian 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:As tensions mount when the U.S. enters World War II, Tomi must face racism and suspicion against his Japanese family, as well as the incarceration of his father and grandfather. Ages 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 Russia, Afghanistan, Iraq, China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and many, many more. For the purpose of this list, Southeast Asian countries (such as India) will be considered part of Asia as will Pacific Asian Islands (such as the Philippines). Books that highlight the Asian, Southeast Asian or Pacific Islander experience, as well as books that include the Asian-American, Southeast Asian- American or Pacific Islander- American experience will be considered for this list. There is a separate list for countries considered “Middle Eastern,” although, the designation is somewhat arbitrary and can be determined on a case-by-case basis. Books highlighting the Russian or Russian-American experience may be considered for other lists. However, the Central Asian experience will be considered here. 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.