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!
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.
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.
To help you add to your growing collection of Colorful Pages, I have compiled a list of children’s books with Asian representation from various ethnicities and cultures. In addition, these books are also written by Asian authors! That means the stories you are hearing are #ownvoices. And, by checking out these books, you are not only supporting your students in gaining Colorful Pages, but you are also supporting authors of color.