Asian/Pacific American Heritage Booklist
1. Bindi Babes, Narinder Dhami (ages 9+)
Three Indian-British sisters team up to marry off their traditional, nosy aunt and get her out of the house.
2. F Is for Fabuloso, Marie G. Lee (ages 9-12)
Seventh grader Jin-Ha finds her adjustment to life in America complicated by her mother’s difficulty in learning to speak English.
3. The Gift of the Crocodile, Judy Sierra (ages 6-8)
In this Indonesian version of the Cinderella story, a girl named
Damura escapes her cruel stepmother and stepsister and marries
a handsome prince with the help of Grandmother Crocodile.
4. Hello, My Name is Scrambled Eggs, Jamie Gilson (ages 9+)
When his folks host a Vietnamese family that has come to settle in their town, Harvey enjoys Americanizing twelve-year-old Tuan.
5. In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson, Bette Bao
Lord (ages 6-12)
In 1947, a Chinese child comes to Brooklyn where she becomes
Americanized at school, in her apartment building, and by her
love for baseball.
6. Mama's Saris, Pooja Makhijani (ages 6-8)
An East Indian American daughter pleads with her mother to be allowed to wear one of her mother’s colorful saris in honor of her seventh birthday.
7. A Single Shard, Linda Sue Park (ages 9+)
Tree-ear, a thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea, lives under a bridge in a potters’ village, and longs to learn how to throw the delicate celadon ceramics himself.
8. Tangled Threads: A Hmong Girl's Story, Pegi Deitz Shea (ages 13+)
After ten years in a refugee camp in Thailand, thirteen-year-old
Mai Yang travels to Providence, Rhode Island, where her
Americanized cousins introduce her to pizza [and] shopping...
while her grandmother and new friends keep her connected to
her Hmong heritage.
9. Tasty Baby Belly Buttons, Judy Sierra (ages 6-8)
Urikohime, a girl born from a melon, battles the monstrous oni, who steal babies to eat their tasty belly buttons.
10. Willie Wins, Almira Astudillo Gilles (ages 6-8)
Willie’s father tells him there is something special in an old coconut bank brought from the Philippines, but Willie is embarrassed to take it to school for a contest, especially since he knows that one of his classmates will make fun of him.
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Source (for book descriptions): Library of Congress Online Catalog