10 Diverse Books about Asian American and Pacific Islander History

Happy Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) Heritage Month! I created a list of 10 Diverse Books about Asian American and Pacific Islander History! I have listed 6 picture books (many which I have used in my own classroom) and 4 Chapter Books/Young Adult Books. Please use these to continue the conversations you started in APIA Heritage Month beyond the month of May!

Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month: 15 Diverse Books to Tell Our Stories

To help, I have had the extreme pleasure of curating a list of diverse books that authentically share experiences from the APIA community. I have listed 15 books: 6 picture books, 5 early chapter books/middle grade books, and 4 young adult books. Each book is written by someone from the APIA community. I also chose to focus primarily on Exploration and Conversation books that delve into the heritage part of this month. Happy Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month! I hope you truly see the diversity, love, complexity, and richness in our large community.

Kings & Counternarratives: 8 Books Featuring Black Male Characters

Recently, our country was harmed by another racist tragedy. Therefore, as an actionable step to help address racism towards the Black community, I have created a list of books featuring Black male characters to act as counternarratives. I chose to list 8 books (4 picture books, 2 middle grade books, and 2 young adult books) in remembrance of Ahmaud Arbery because his birthday is today, May 8th. Each of these books are written by Black authors and most are written by Black men.

Countering the Racism Against Our Asian Communities: 10 Books Featuring Asian Characters

There have been two things causing this stress and infecting our society: the Coronavirus itself and the racism that followed. So, throughout these next few weeks, consider reading all or some of these 10 Books Featuring Asian Characters. Each was written by an Asian author and each has positive images of the Asian community that will help you counteract the racist images coming from around our nation.

5 Books Featuring Native Hawaiian Characters

As I am sitting in my Tūtū’s house writing this article, I feel at peace, but also a strong sense of kuleana (responsibility) to make sure every teacher has resources to help eradicate negative stereotypes of Native Hawaiians and teach the richness of us. Therefore, I am listing 5 Books Featuring Native Hawaiian Characters for this Fast Five Friday.