Celebrate Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month with these books

May is Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and we have a great selection of new and recent books to help you celebrate and learn more about AAPI histories, identities, and cultures. Read on for some of our recommendations.
By Kate Pritchard, MS/HS Librarian

Below are books for those of all ages to enjoy.

Picture Books & Chapter Books:
  • "Mina vs. the Monsoon" by Rukhsanna Guidroz
  • "Drawn Together" by Minh Lê
  • "Mindy Kim" series by Lyla Lee
  • "A Big Mooncake for Little Star" by Grace Lin
  • "Take Me Out to the Yakyu" by Aaron Meshon
  • "Bilal Cooks Daal" by Aisha Saeed
Middle Grade:
  • "Awesome Asian Americans: 20 Stars Who Made America Amazing" by Phil Amara & Oliver Chin
  • "Stand Up, Yumi Chung" by Jessica Kim
  • "Everything Sad is Untrue" by Daniel Nayeri
  • "They Called Us Enemy" by George Takei
  • "Dear America: Young Readers' Edition: The Story of an Undocumented Citizen" by Jose Antonio Vargas 
  • "Stargazing" by Jen Wang
Young Adult
  • "Flamer" by Mike Curato
  • "This Light Between Us" by Andrew Fukuda
  • "I Was Their American Dream" by Malaka Gharib
  • "The Downstairs Girl" by Stacey Lee
  • "Last Night at the Telegraph Club" by Malinda Lo
  • "From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial That Galvanized the Asian American Movement" by Paula Yoo
Adult
  • "Let’s Make Ramen: A Comic Book Cookbook" by Hugh Amano & Sarah Becan
  • "All You Can Ever Know" by Nicole Chung
  • "Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning" by Cathy Park Hong
  • "Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations" by Mira Jacob
  • "The Making of Asian America: A History" by Erika Lee
  • "Sigh, Gone: A Misfit’s Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit In" by Phuc Tran
You can find more recommendations on our current display page. Happy reading!
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