Celebrate Asian and Asian American Voices

Celebrate Asian and Asian American Voices

This list explores Asian and Asian American voices, including experiences from the Far East, Southeast Asia, and South Asia. This includes, for example, China, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, the Philippines and Samoa; and in South Asia - India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bhutan. Enjoy these #ownvoice stories and celebrate the wonderful diversity of our community!


Compiled by:
Ginny H.

Younger Elementary

Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao

Kat Zhang
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Zha)

Amy is determined to make a perfect dumpling like her parents and grandmother do, but hers are always too empty, too full, or not pinched together properly. Recommended for ages 3-6.


Bright Sky, Starry City

Uma Krishnaswami
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Kri)

Phoebe helps her dad set up telescopes on the sidewalk outside his store. It's a special night --Saturn and Mars are going to appear together in the sky. But will Phoebe be able to see them with all the city lights? With a sudden storm coming in, will Phoebe and her dad be able to see anything? Recommended for ages 6-9.


Drawn Together

Minh Lê
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Le)

A boy and his grandfather cross a language and cultural barrier using their shared love of art, storytelling, and fantasy.  Recommended for ages 6-9.


Ginger and Chrysanthemum

Kristen Mai Giang
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Gia)

Ginger and Chrysanthemum are opposites, but they are cousins, as close as two peas in a pod. But planning Grandma's birthday together is a challenge. There are presents to buy, decorations to pick, and a cake to bake together. Is this a recipe for disaster? Recommended for ages 3-6.


Jasmine Toguchi: Mochi Queen

Debbi Michiko Florence
(Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Florenc)

Eager to do something her big sister has not done first, Jasmine Toguchi, eight, decides to pound mochi with the men and boys when her family gets together for New Year's. Recommended for ages 6-9.


Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business

Lyla Lee
(Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Lee)

Mindy Kim wants to fit in at her new school, but her favorite lunch leads to scorn, then a thriving business, and finally big trouble. Recommended for ages 6-9.


A Morning with Grandpa

Sylvia Liu
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Liu)

Curious and energetic Mei Mei attempts some t'ai chi forms as her grandfather demonstrates them, then tries to teach him basic yoga poses. Includes introductions to t'ai chi and yoga, as well as instructions for the exercises described in the text. Recommended for ages 6-9.


My Chinatown: One Year in Poems

Kam Mak
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mak)

A boy adjusts to life away from his home in Hong Kong, the Chinatown of his new American city.  Recommended for ages 6-9.


My Footprints

Bao Phi
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Phi)

Upset after being bullied, Thuy, a Vietnamese American, pretends she is different creatures, including an especially strong, wonderful being made up of her two mothers and herself. Includes note about the phoenix and the Sarabha. Recommended for ages 6-9.


Redwoods

Jason Chin
(Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction - Ej 585.5 Chi)

A young city boy, riding the subway, finds an abandoned book about redwoods. He finds himself in the very forest described in the book. After finishing the book, he leaves it for someone else to read. Recommended for ages 6-9.


Under My Hijab

Hena Khan
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Kha)

As a young girl observes that each of six women in her life wears her hijab and hair in a different way, she considers how to express her own style one day. Recommended for ages 3-6.


Older Elementary

Blackbird Fly

Erin Entrada Kelly
(Juvenile Fiction - J Kelly)

Bullied at school, eighth-grader Apple, a Filipino American who loves the music of the Beatles, decides to change her life by learning how to play the guitar.  Recommended for ages 9-12.


Front Desk

Kelly Yang
(Juvenile Fiction - J Yang)

Recent immigrants from China and desperate for work and money, ten-year-old Mia Tang's parents take a job managing a rundown motel in Southern California, even though the owner, Mr. Yao is a nasty skinflint who exploits them; while her mother (who was an engineer in China) does the cleaning, Mia works the front desk and tries to cope with demanding customers and other recent immigrants--not to mention being only one of two Chinese in her fifth grade class, the other being Mr. Yao's son, Jason. Recommended for ages 9-12.


Green Lantern: Legacy

Minh Lê
(Juvenile Graphic Novels- J-GN Green Lantern Legacy)

When thirteen-year-old Tai Pham inherits his grandmother's jade ring, he soon finds out he has been inducted into a group of space cops known as the Green Lanterns.  Recommended for ages 9-12.


More to the Story

Hena Khan
(Juvenile Fiction - J Khan)

As features editor of her school newspaper, thirteen-year-old Jameela Pervaiz wants to impress her father by writing a spectacular story about the new student, but a misunderstanding and family illness complicate matters. Recommended for ages 9-12.


Other Words for Home

Jasmine Warga
(Juvenile Fiction - J Warga)

Sent with her mother to the safety of a relative's home in Cincinnati when her Syrian hometown is overshadowed by violence, Jude worries for the family members who were left behind as she adjusts to a new life with unexpected surprises. Recommended for ages 9-12.


Pashmina

Nidhi Chanani
(Juvenile Graphic Novels- J-GN Chanani Pashmina)

Priyanka Das has so  many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it like there? And most importantly, who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? But Pri's mom avoids these questions and the topic of India is permanently closed. For Pri, her mother's homeland can only exist in her imagination. That is, until she find a mysterious pashmina tucked away in a forgotten suitcase. When she wraps herself in it, she is transported to a place more vivid and colorful than any guidebook or Bollywood film. Recommended for ages 9-12.


Prairie Lotus

Linda Sue Park
(Juvenile Fiction - J Park)

Hanna lives in a small town in America's heartland. In Dakota Territory in the 1880s, half-Chinese Hanna and her white father face racism and resistance to change as they try to make a home for themselves. Recommended for ages 9-12.


Stand Up, Yumi Chung

Jessica Kim
(Juvenile Fiction - J Kim)

When eleven-year-old Yumi Chung stumbles into a kids' comedy camp she is mistaken for another student, so she decides to play the part.  Recommended for ages 9-12.


The Way to Bea

Kat Yeh
(Juvenile Fiction - J Yew)

Recently estranged from her best friend and weeks away from shifting from only child to big sister, seventh grader Beatrix Lee consoles herself by writing haiku in invisible ink and hiding the poems, but one day she finds a reply--is it the librarian with all the answers, the editor of the school paper who admits to admiring her poetry, an old friend feeling remorse, or the boy obsessed with visiting the local labyrinth? Recommended for ages 9-12.