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Books for Students K-12

Best Picks for books about Asian Pacific Americans (* indicates focus on Asian Pacific Americans)

Picture Books

Ages 3-7

Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki *
Dia’s Story Cloth by Dia Cha *
A Family in Sri Lanka by Gay Bennett
Going Home, Coming Home by Truong Tran *
In Search of the Thunder Dragon by Sophie Shrestha
Kancil and the Crocodiles: A Tale from Malaysia by Noreha Yussof Day
A Mien Family by Sara Gogol *
My Chinatown: One Year in Poems by Kam Mak *
My Dadima Wears a Sari by Kashmira Sheth *
Singapore Children’s Favorite Stories by Di Taylor and Lak Khee Tay-Audouard
Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story by Paula Yoo *
Three Names of Me by Mary Cummings *
A Tibetan Family by Stephen Chicoine *
Who Belongs Here?: An American Story by Margy Burns Knight *
The Wise Washerman: A Folktale from Burma by Deborah Froese

Young Readers

Ages 8-12

A Day for Vincent Chin and Me by Jacqueline Turner Banks *
Dragonwings by Laurence Yep *
Escape from Saigon: How a Vietnam War Orphan Became an American Boy by Andrea Warren *
The Gold Threaded Dress by Carolyn Marsden *
Home is East by Many Ly *
Iqbal: A Novel by Franceso D’Adamo
Journey to Topaz: A Story of the Japanese-American Evacuation by Yoshiko Uchida *
Kimchi and Calamari by Rose Kent *
The Land I Lost: Adventures of a Boy in Vietnam by Huynh Quang Nhuong *
Little Cricket by Jackie Brown *
Lowji Discovers America by Candace Fleming *
The Not-So-Star-Spangled Life of Sunita Sen by Mitali Perkins *
A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
Tales from Gold Mountain: Stories of the Chinese in the New World by Paul Yee *
Year of the Dog by Grace Lin *

Teen Fiction

Ages 13-17

Ask Me No Questions by Marina Tamar Budhos *
Born Confused by Tanjua Desai Hidier *
Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah
Disguised: A War Memoir by Rita la Fontaine de Clercq Zubli
Growing Up Filipino: Stories for Young Adults edited by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard *
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford *
I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade by Wilson Diana Lee *
Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata *
Mismatch: A Novel by Lensey Namioka *
Necessary Roughness by Marie G. Lee *
Nothing But the Truth, and a Few White Lies by Justina Chen Headley *
Roots and Wings by Many Ly *
Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind by Suzanne Fisher Staples
Shadow of the Dragon by Sherry Garland *
Sold by Patricia McCormick
Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford *
A Step from Heaven by An Na *

More Resources

Many of the authors featured in this reading list have other books on the Asian Pacific American experience for you to check out. We also recommend these Asian Pacific American authors and their books:
· Sook Nyui Choi
· Demi
· Minfong Ho
· Keiko Kasza
· Uma Krishnaswami
· Frances Park
· Allen Say
· Janet Wong

Check out these nonfiction sets and books for information on Asian Pacific countries and the Asian Pacific American experience:
· Cultures of the World published by Marshall Cavendish Benchmark 
· Enchantment of the World published by Children’s Press 
· We Are America published by Heinemann Library 
· Asian American Experience published by Chelsea House
· American Dragons: Twenty-Five Asian American Voices edited by Laurence Yep
· A Kid’s Guide to Asian American History: More than 70 Activities by Valerie Petrillo

Other Asian Pacific American reading lists:
· Sharing Cultures: Asian American Children’s Authors
· Asian Pacific American Award for Literature
· Asian American Booklist
· Our Asian Heritage: Children’s Books on the Asian American Experience

More Book Lists and Best Picks from The Wing

Story Time is fun way for families with young children to see and hear stories that feature Asian and Asian American characters and/or are written by Asian American authors and illustrators. Older kids are welcome to join Story Time and participate in the art activity.

Wing Luke Museum staff will read a children’s book out loud, ask questions, explore concepts, and explaining unfamiliar words. A simple art activity will accompany Story Time.

Story Time (and the whole museum) is FREE and open to the public as part of First Thursday. See our calendar of events for upcoming Story Time dates.

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