15 Children’s Books to Read During AANHPI Heritage Month

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In celebration of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month, here are 15 children’s books centered on AANHPI characters and their experiences. 

children's books centered on AANHPI

The AANHPI community is filled with rich heritage, culture, traditions, and unique contributions to American history. Through the power of storytelling we can foster our children’s imaginations and increase their cultural understanding.

Any excuse to visit your local independent bookstore is always a great idea! Take a reading adventure with the following children’s books centered on AANHPI characters and their experiences:

1. Yes We Will: Asian Americans Who Shaped This Country

An illustrative book of biographies of Asian American changemakers that shaped American history.

children's books centered on AANHPI

2. The Name Jar

A beautiful story embracing the uniqueness of a Korean girl’s name.

children's books centered on AANHPI

3. Bringing in the New Year

Prepare to bring in the Lunar New Year with a Chinese American Family.  Explore Chinese traditions, customs, and celebrate the New Year.

children's books centered on AANHPI

4. Eyes that Kiss in the Corners

A celebration of diversity, follow a young Asian girl as she learns to love her unique beauty.  A beautiful story on self-esteem and empowerment.

children's books centered on AANHPI

5. I am Golden

An exploration of the immigrant experience, follow a Chinese American child’s self-love and validation journey.

children's books centered on AANHPI

6. Inside Out and Back Again

A coming of age tale of a Vietnamese refugee girl in Alabama.

children's books centered on AANHPI

7. Watercress

Gather watercress in Ohio with a young Chinese girl who learns to appreciate her cultural heritage.

children's books centered on AANHPI

8. Cora Cooks Pancit

Join Cora in the kitchen as she cooks Pancit, a Filipino dish.

children's books centered on AANHPI

9. A Different Pond

A picture book takes the reader along a father son fishing trip in Minneapolis where a Vietnamese boy learns about old and new cultures.

children's books centered on AANHPI

10. Ohana Means Family

Take a voyage to Hawaii as a family farms the land in preparation for a traditional luau celebration.

children's books centered on AANHPI

11. Playing at the Border: A Story of Yo-Yo Ma

Learn about Yo-Yo Ma, a renowned cellist, and how Yo-Yo Ma uses music to increase understanding of different cultures.

children's books centered on AANHPI

12. Priya Dreams of Marigolds & Masala

Explore the special bond between grandparents and grandchildren while learning about Indian heritage and traditions.

children's books centered on AANHPI

13. Pashmina

A story about self-discovery, join Pri as she uses a pashmina to explore two cultures and find answers to questions about her homeland India.

children's books centered on AANHPI

14. Tutu Makes a Lei

Explore Tutu’s garden in this rhyming book where Tutu makes a special lei for a friend.

children's books centered on AANHPI

15. Kalei’s May Day in Hawai’i Nei 

Take a voyage through different islands and celebrate May Day, a Hawaii tradition.

children's books centered on AANHPI

What’s on your little’s reading list?

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