Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and we are excited to celebrate with this list of books. Learn about new cultures, traditions and people who made an impact. Be sure to check out all seven books below!


Asian-Americans Who Inspire Us

Learn about 16 Asian-Americans who changed the world! From Olympian Kristi Yamaguchi to astronaut Ellison Onizuka, this book is sure to inspire readers to reach for their dreams!

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The Name Jar

It's hard being the new kid at school, and even harder when people can't pronounce your name. Despite her worries, Unhei finds that sometimes being who we are can be enough.

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Drawn Together

Drawn Together is a touching story about a grandpa and his grandson who do not share a common language. They find their connection through their shared love of drawing and painting. This allows them to communicate and build a special relationship words can’t even describe.

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Bilal Cooks Daal

Daal is a slow-cooked lentil dish from South Asia, and preparing it requires a lot of time and many ingredients. In Bilal Cooks Daal, six-year-old Bilal is excited to help his dad cook and to introduce his friends to the tasty dish. As they prepare the Daal, Bilal begins to wonder if his friends will like it as much as he hopes they do. This beautiful picture book by Aisha Saeed with illustrations by Anoosha Syed provides a wonderful example of family and friends coming together to share and learn important traditions through food. 

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The House that Lou Built

An endearing story of family, friendship and community. A young Filipino girl Lou, who shares a room with her mom in her grandmother’s house, dreams of building a tiny home of her own. Industrious Lou, aided by her family and friends, overcomes challenges and works together to make her dream come true.

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