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.
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:
2. The Name Jar
A beautiful story embracing the uniqueness of a Korean girl’s name.
Prepare to bring in the Lunar New Year with a Chinese American Family. Explore Chinese traditions, customs, and celebrate the New Year.
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.
5. I am Golden
An exploration of the immigrant experience, follow a Chinese American child’s self-love and validation journey.
A coming of age tale of a Vietnamese refugee girl in Alabama.
Gather watercress in Ohio with a young Chinese girl who learns to appreciate her cultural heritage.
Join Cora in the kitchen as she cooks Pancit, a Filipino dish.
A picture book takes the reader along a father son fishing trip in Minneapolis where a Vietnamese boy learns about old and new cultures.
Take a voyage to Hawaii as a family farms the land in preparation for a traditional luau celebration.
Learn about Yo-Yo Ma, a renowned cellist, and how Yo-Yo Ma uses music to increase understanding of different cultures.
Explore the special bond between grandparents and grandchildren while learning about Indian heritage and traditions.
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.
14. Tutu Makes a Lei
Explore Tutu’s garden in this rhyming book where Tutu makes a special lei for a friend.
Take a voyage through different islands and celebrate May Day, a Hawaii tradition.
What’s on your little’s reading list?
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