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KCLS Recommends: Children's - Asian & Pacific Heritage

Convergence By Lee, Stan, 1922- Book - 2015 J LEE All copies in use Availability details Holds: 6 on 11 copies

Annotation:Follows the experiences of a Chinese-American teen who is thrown into the middle of an epic global chase involving the release of twelve magical superpowers. Grades 3 to 6.

Auntie Yang's Great Soybean Picnic
Auntie Yang's Great Soybean Picnic By Lo, Ginnie Book - 2012 E LO Available in some locations

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.

Father's Chinese Opera
Father's Chinese Opera By Lo, Rich Book - 2014 E LO Available in some locations

Annotation:A young boy wants to be an acrobat in his father's Chinese Opera. But he must learn to practice hard and work his way up through the ranks to be successful. Ages 3- 6.

Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin
Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin By Uegaki, Chieri Book - 2014 E UEGAKI Available in some locations

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.

The Vine Basket
The Vine Basket By La Valley, Josanne Book - 2013 J LA VALLEY Available in some locations

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.

All the Way to Lhasa
All the Way to Lhasa A Tale From Tibet By Berger, Barbara, 1945 March 1- Book - 2002 J398.209515 BER Available in some locations

Annotation:ho will get to the holy city of Lhasa first? The young man who pushes his horse too hard? Or the boy who steadily braves the elements with his trusty yak? Ages 5- 10

Alvin Ho
Alvin Ho Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things By Look, Lenore Book - 2008 J LOOK Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 82 copies

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

Baseball Saved Us
Baseball Saved Us By Mochizuki, Ken, 1954- Book - 1993 E MOCHIZUKI All copies in use Availability details Holds: 4 on 17 copies

Annotation:A Japanese-American boy learns to play baseball when he and his family are forced to live in an internment camp during World War II. Ages 7-10

Bee-bim Bop!
Bee-bim Bop! By Park, Linda Sue Book - 2005 E PARK Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 62 copies

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

Boss of the World
Boss of the World By Manushkin, Fran Book - 2010 E MANUSHKIN Available in some locations

Annotation:Katie is a bossy friend until her friends don’t want to be friends with her anymore. Ages 4-6

Cora Cooks Pancit
Cora Cooks Pancit By Lazo Gilmore, Dorina K. Book - 2009 E LAZO GILMORE Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 14 copies

Annotation:When all her older siblings are away, Cora's mother finally lets her help make pancit, a Filipino noodle dish. Ages 4- 9

Dragonwings By Yep, Laurence, 1948- Book - 1975 J YEP Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 24 copies

Annotation:Eight-year-old Moon Shadow Lee arrives in San Francisco from China to meet his father, Windrider. Together, they build a flying machine, under instructions from a dragon. Ages 9+

Dumpling Days
Dumpling Days A Novel By Lin, Grace Book - 2012 J LIN Available in some locations

Annotation:When Pacy, her two sisters, and their parents go to Taiwan to celebrate Grandma's sixtieth birthday, the girls learn a great deal about their heritage. Grades 3 -6

Grandfather's Journey
Grandfather's Journey By Say, Allen Book - 1993 E SAY Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 44 copies

Annotation:A Japanese American man recounts his grandfather's journey to America that he later undertakes himself. Ages 8+

The Great Wall of Lucy Wu
The Great Wall of Lucy Wu By Shang, Wendy Wan Long Book - 2013 J SHANG Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 72 copies

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

The House Baba Built
The House Baba Built An Artist's Childhood in China By Young, Ed Book - 2011 JB YOUNG Available in some locations

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

Journey to Topaz
Journey to Topaz A Story of the Japanese-American Evacuation By Uchida, Yoshiko Book - 1985 J UCHIDA Available in some locations

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

Kenta and the Big Wave
Kenta and the Big Wave By Ohi, Ruth Book - 2013 E OHI Available in some locations

Annotation:When a devastating tsunami strikes Kenta's village, his beloved soccer ball is swept away and washes up on a beach on the other side of the world. Ages 3 - 7

Little Cricket
Little Cricket By Brown, Jackie Book - 2004 J BROWN Available in some locations

Annotation:Kia and her Hmong family flee Laos to escape from North Vietnamese soldiers, ending up in a refugee camp in Thailand, and then the United States, where life seems strange and foreign to them. Ages 9+

Millicent Min, Girl Genius
Millicent Min, Girl Genius By Yee, Lisa Book - 2003 J YEE Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 28 copies

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+

A New Year's Reunion
A New Year's Reunion By Yu, Li-Qiong Book - 2011 E LI-QIONG Available in some locations

Annotation:Little Maomao’s father works in faraway places and comes home just once a year, for Chinese New Year. Ages 3 - 5

One Leaf Rides the Wind
One Leaf Rides the Wind Counting in A Japanese Garden By Mannis, Celeste Davidson Book - 2002 E811.6 MAN Available in some locations

Annotation:Written in haiku poems from one to ten, a young girl walks through a Japanese garden and discovers many delights. Ages 3- 8

Peek! A Thai Hide-and-seek By Ho, Minfong Book - 2004 E HO Available in some locations

Annotation:A father and daughter play hide-and-seek in the midst of the animals near their house in Thailand. Ages 2 - 7

Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything
Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything By Look, Lenore Book - 2006 J LOOK Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 29 copies

Annotation:When her deaf cousin from China moves in with her, Ruby Lu tries to be her school “smile buddy”, to the detriment of her own school work. Ages 6-9

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes By Coerr, Eleanor Book - 1999 JB SASAKI Available in some locations

Annotation:Based on a true story, Hiroshima-born Sadako fights for her life when she discovers that she has the "atom bomb disease," leukemia. Ages 7- 12

A Single Shard
A Single Shard By Park, Linda Sue Book - 2001 J PARK Available in some locations Holds: 4 on 45 copies

Annotation:Tree-ear accidentally drops a celadon vase master potter Min has made. He must work off his debt and prove he is worthy of his master’s trust. Ages 9 +

The Thing About Luck
The Thing About Luck By Kadohata, Cynthia Book - 2013 J KADOHATA Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 43 copies

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

Tsunami! By Kajikawa, Kimiko Book - 2009 J398.20952 KAJ Available in some locations

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

The Umbrella Queen
The Umbrella Queen By Bridges, Shirin Yim Book - 2008 E BRIDGES Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 23 copies

Annotation:Noot longs to paint umbrellas, and march as the Queen of Umbrellas in the umbrella parade. Ages 5-9

Under the Blood-red Sun
Under the Blood-red Sun By Salisbury, Graham Book - 2005 J SALISBURY Available in some locations

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+

Wabi Sabi
Wabi Sabi By Reibstein, Mark Book - 2008 E REIBSTEIN Available in some locations

Annotation:Curious to know the meaning of her name, Wabi Sabi, a cat living in the city of Kyoto, asks various animals she meets about the meaning of her name. Ages 7- 10

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon By Lin, Grace Book - 2009 J LIN Available in some locations Holds: 5 on 92 copies

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


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.

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