Books for Children and Teens
“A Is for Asian American: An Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Alphabet” by Virginia Loh-Hagan
Celebrates the cultures of and contributions from Asian Americans throughout our country’s history, with illustrations by Tracy Nishimura Bishop.
“Awesome Asian Americans: 20 Stars Who Made America Amazing” and “More Awesome Asian Americans: 20 Citizens Who Energized America” by Phil Amara and Oliver Chin
Profiles of trailblazing men and women from diverse backgrounds and vocations are brought to life with fantastic color illustrations by Juan Calle.
“The Boy Who Tried to Shrink His Name” by Sandhya Parappukkaran
When Zimdalamashkermishkada starts a new school, he decides to shrink his name to the shorter, simpler Zim, but when his new friend Elly sees him for who he truly is, Zimdalamashkermishkada finds the confidence to step proudly into his long name.
“A Dupatta Is …” by Marzieh Abbas
This vibrant picture book celebrates the dupatta — a traditional shawl worn in South Asian culture, which is fun, functional, and carries the sounds and smells of family and identity
“A First Time for Everything” by Dan Santat
In this feel-good coming-of-age memoir, the best-selling author and Caldecott Medalist shares his life-changing middle school trip to Europe during which he experiences a series of firsts, including first love.
“Finally Seen” by Kelly Yang
Arriving in America to live with her parents and sister after five years apart, 10-year-old Lina Gao struggles to fit in with her family and at her new school until she learns about the power of friendship, family and being finally seen.
“The Love Match” by Priyanka Taslim
When her mother sets her up with handsome, aloof Harun, eighteen-year-old Bangladeshi American Zahra pretends to date him while she pursues her coworker, Nayim, but she quickly finds herself second-guessing her true feelings.
“Parachute Kids” by Betty C. Tang
When their parents return to Taiwan, leaving her and her two older siblings in California on their own, Feng-Li must keep her family together as they all get tangled in a web of bad choices while navigating this strange new world.
“Rosewood: A Midsummer Meet Cute” by Sayantani DasGupta
Teenage sisters Eila and Mallika Das are attending a summer camp where the campers are trying out for minor parts in a romance/detective television show set in Regency times–but when Eila meets the handsome Rahul it is clear that there is plenty of drama to be had outside of the screenplay.
“You Are Here: Connecting Flights” by Ellen Oh
Twelve young Asian Americans cross paths, meeting challenges and victories, in a busy airport
Books for Adults
“All You Can Ever Know” by Nicole Chung
A Korean adoptee who grew up with a white family in Oregon discusses her journey to find her identity as an Asian American woman and a writer after becoming curious about her true origins.
“Asian American Histories of the United States” by Catherine Ceniza Choy
This history of Asian migration, labor and community formation in the U.S. emphasizes how the Asian American experience is essential to any understanding of both our history and current-day crises.
“Crying in H Mart” by Michelle Zauner
The Japanese Breakfast indie pop star presents a full-length account of her viral New Yorker essay to share poignant reflections on her experiences of growing up Korean-American, becoming a professional musician and caring for her terminally ill mother.
“Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls” by T. Kira Madden
The essayist recounts her coming of age in Boca Raton, Florida, where she was left to her own devices by oblivious parents who were battling addiction.
“Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning” by Cathy Park Hong
An award-winning poet and essayist offers a ruthlessly honest, emotionally charged exploration of the psychological condition of being Asian American.
“Not Quite Not White: Losing and Finding Race in America” by Sharmila Sen
A first-generation immigrant shares her experiences attempting to blend into American whiteness, eventually coming to the conclusion that non-whiteness can be the very thing that makes her American.
“Rise: A Pop History of Asian America from the Nineties to Now” by Jeff Yang, Phil Yu, & Philip Wang
A love letter to and for Asian Americans – a vivid scrapbook of voices, emotions, and memories from an era in which our culture was forged and transformed, and a way to preserve both the headlines and the intimate conversations that have shaped our community into who we are today.”
“Sigh, Gone: A Misfit’s Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit in” by Phuc Tran
Explores one man’s bewildering experiences of abuse, racism and tragedy and reveals redemption and connection in books and punk rock.
“We Were Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story” by Simu Liu
The star of Marvel’s first Asian superhero film, in this candid, inspiring, and relatable memoir, tells his own origin story and how he embarked on a journey that took him far outside of his comfort zone into the world of show business.
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