Celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month!

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month! Locate the following children’s picture books celebrating the Asian-Pacific American experience. Some of the books teach cultural themes unique to Asian-Pacific culture. Other books are written by Asian-Pacific authors and/ or illustrators. 祝う

To learn more about Asian-Pacific Heritage month with teacher activity resources, explore the Asian-American Pacific Heritage Month Web site created by the Library of Congress.

For more information on each book, check the titles in Amazon.

Books in the Houston Cole Library Juvenile Location (check the LIBRARY CATALOG for CallNumber & Availability):


The chiru of High Tibet : a true story / written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin ; illustrated by Linda Wingerter
Kubla Khan : the emperor of everything / by Kathleen Krull ; illustrated by Robert Byrd
Ling & Ting : not exactly the same! / by Grace Lin
My Mei Mei / Ed Young
Uncle Peter’s amazing Chinese wedding / written by Lenore Look ; illustrated by Yumi HeoUncle Peter's Amazing Chinese Wedding
Fortune cookie fortunes / Grace Lin
Red is a dragon : a book of colors / written by Roseanne Thong ; illustrated by Grace Lin
Round is a mooncake : a book of shapes / written by Roseanne Thong ; illustrated by Grace Lin
Love as strong as ginger / by Lenore Look ; illustrated by Stephen T. Johnson
Chinatown / William Low
Chinese New Year’s dragon / by Rachel Sing ; illustrated by Shao Wei Liu
Sam and the lucky money / by Karen Chinn ; illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright, and Ying-Hwa Hu
My name is Yoon / Helen Recorvits ; pictures by Gabi Swiatkowska
Dear Juno / by Soyung Pak ; illustrated by Susan Kathleen Hartung
An American face / by Jan M. Czech ; illustrated by Frances ClancyThe-Khan-s-Daughter
Yunmi and Halmoni’s trip / by Sook Nyul Choi ; illustrated by Karen Dugan
Song Lee in Room 2B / by Suzy Kline ; illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz
Aekyung’s dream / written and illustrated by Min Paek ; translated into Korean by Min Paek
Tibetan tales from the top of the world / Naomi C. Rose ; translated into Tibetan by Tenzin Palsang
What the rat told me : a legend of the Chinese zodiac / Marie Sellier, Catherine Louis, Wang Fei
Asian kites / Wayne Hosking
All the way to Lhasa : a tale from Tibet / retelling & art by Barbara Helen Berger
Celebrating birthdays in China / by Cheryl L. Enderlein
The-Wakame-Gatherers-9781885008336The wakame gatherers / by Holly Thompson ; illustrated by Kazumi Wilds
Wabi Sabi / Mark Reibstein ; art by Ed Young
The East-West house : Noguchi’s childhood in Japan / Christy Hale
Grandfather’s journey / written and illustrated by Allen Say
Sachiko means happiness / written by Kimiko Sakai ; illustrated by Tomie Arai
Manjiro : the boy who risked his life for two countries / Emily Arnold Mccully
Kamishibai man / written and illustrated by Allen Say
Kids draw anime / Christopher Hart
Hokusai : the man who painted a mountain / Deborah Kogan Ray
Tea with milk / Allen Say
Cora cooks pancit / written by Dorina Lazo Gilmore ; illustrated by Kristi ValiantCoraCooksPancit
Mohala Mai ʻo Hau = How Hau became Hauʻula / moʻolelo na = story by Robert Lono ʻIkuwā ; kiʻna = pictures by Matthew Kāwika Ortiz
Mikale of Hawaii / by Maya Angelou ; illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell
Duck for turkey day / Jacqueline Jules ; illustrated by Kathyrn Mitter
Hoang breaks the lucky teapot / Rosemary K. Breckler ; artist: Adrian B. Frankel
Têt, the New Year / by Kim-Lan Tran ; illustrated by Mai Vo-Dinh
Angel child, dragon child / story by Michele Maria Surat ; pictures by Vo-Dinh Mai
Fly free! / Roseanne Thong ; illustrated by Eujin Kim Neilan
Always with you / written by Ruth Vander Zee ; illustrated by Ronald Himler
Long road to freedom : journey of the Hmong / by Linda Barrgrandfathersstorycloth
My name is San Ho / Jayne Pettit
Grandfather’s story cloth = Yawg daim paj ntaub dab neeg / written by Linda Gerdner and Sarah Langford ; illustrated by Stuart Loughridge
The Dragon Prince : stories and legends from Vietnam / Thich Nhat Hanh
The coconut monk / by Thich Nhat Hanh ; as told to Rachel Neumann ; illustrated by Vo-Dinh Mai
Under the rose apple tree / by Thich Nhat Hanh
Hush! : a Thai lullaby / by Minfong Ho ; pictures by Holly Meade
Kancil and the crocodiles : a tale from Malaysia / written by Noreha Yussof Day ; illustrated by Britta Teckentrup
Filipino children’s favorite stories / retold by Liana Romulo ; illustrated by Joanne De León
I hate English! / by Ellen Levine ; illustrated by Steve Björkman
A school like mine : a unique celebration of schools around the world / [written and edited by Penny Smith and Zahavit Shalev] (portraits of schools/ many countries)
The wise washerman : a folktale from Burma / Deborah L. Froese ; illustrated by Wang Kui
The caged birds of Phnom Penh / by Frederick Lipp ; illustrated by Ronald Himler
Angkat : the Cambodian Cinderella / written by Jewell Reinhart Coburn ; illustrated by Eddie Flotte
Dia’s story cloth / written by Dia Cha ; stitched by Chue and Nhia Thao Cha ; compendium by Joyce Herold
Jouanah, a Hmong Cinderella / adapted by Jewell Reinhart Coburn with Tzexa Cherta Lee ; illustrated by Ann Sibley O’Brien
Nine-in-one, Grr! Grr! : a folktale from the Hmong people of Laos / told by Blia Xiong ; adapted by Cathy Spagnoli; illustrated by Nancy Hom
Horse song : the Naadam of Mongolia / Ted and Betsy Lewin
The Khan’s daughter : a Mongolian folktale / by Laurence Yep ; illustrated by Jean and Mou-Sien journeyTseng
The boy who swallowed snakes / by Laurence Yep ; illustrated by Jean and Mou-Sien Tsengyoon