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Children’s Non-Fiction Picture Books (Ages 3 & Up)
Managed by AAPI Teen Librarian Lizzie

January Top 3 Picks

1. New updates coming soon! 
2. In the works!  
3. By our new teen librarian! 

All Inclusive:

  • We are Inspiring: The Stories of 32 Inspirational Asian American Women by Angel Trazo

  • Asian-Americans who Inspire Us by Analiza Quiroz Wolf

  • Role Models Who Look Like Me: Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders Who Made History by Jasmine Cho

  • The Arrival by Shaun Tan

Cambodian American:

  • The Cambodian Dancer: Sophany's Gift of Hope by Daryn Reicherter and Christy Hale

  • A Path of Stars by Anne Sibley O'Brien (historical fiction)

  • Dara's Cambodian New Year by Sothea Chiemruom

  • Sokita Celebrates the New Year - A Cambodian American Holiday by Barbara Lau

Chinese American:

  • Shining Star: The Anna May Wong Story by Paula Yoo

  • Eyes that Kiss in the Corner by Joanna Ho

  • Dim Sum for Everyone! by Grace Lin

Filipino American:

  • Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong by Dawn Mabalon

  • Cora Cooks Pancit by Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore

  • Rom-Rom and Lola by Rowena Similar

Hawaiian American:

  • Surfer of the Century: The Life of Duke Kahanamoku by Ellie Crowe

  • Lydia and the Island Kingdom: A Story Based on the Real Life of Princess Liliuokalani of Hawaii by Joan Holub (historical fiction)

Japanese American:

  • My Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say

  • Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki (historical fiction)

  • Sumo Joe by Wenjen Mia

Samoan American:

  • PICTURES OF CHANGE IN PARADISE in American Samoa (circa 1910) by Karen Wheat

Taiwanese American:

  • Hannah Is My Name: A Young Immigrant's Story by Belle Yang

Burmese American:

  • Ah Mu Weaves a Story by Sara Gilliam

Chamorro American:

  • Sirena: A Mermaid Legend from Guam by Tanya Chargualaf Taimanglo

  • Good Night Guam: A sleepy bedtime rhyme by Mary Aflague and Gerard Aflague

  • CHAMORU LEGENDS: A Gathering of Stories by Teresita Lourdes Perez

Hmong American:

  • The Most Beautiful Thing by Kao Kalia Yang

  • A Map into the World by Kao Kalia Yang

Indian American:

  • My Mother's Sari Paperback by Sandhya Rao Elephant Dance: Memories of India by Theresa Heine

  • My Dadima Wears a Sari by Kashmira Sheth

  • Let’s Celebrate Being Indian-American by Sharan Chahal-Jaswal

  • The Happiest Tree: A Yoga Story by Uma Krishmaswami

Korean American:

  • The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi

  • Bee-Bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park

  • Where's Halmoni? by Julie Kim

  • Danbi Leads the School Parade by Anna Kim


Malaysian American:

  • Watch Me Read: Hamid's Surprise by Donna Lugg Pape


Pakistani American:

  • Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan


Samoan American:

  • Sleepy Time Samoa: A Goodnight Bedtime Rhyme by Mary C. Aflague

  • Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes in Samoan with English Translations by Gerard Aflague


Taiwanese American:

  • I Dream of Popo Hardcover by Livia Blackburne


Thai American:

  • Hush! Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho


Tibetan American:

  • Tashi and the Tibetan Flower Cure by Naomi Rose


Vietnamese American:

  • A Different Pond by Thi Bui and Bao Phi

  • Drawn Together by Minh Le

  • Hoang Anh A Vietnamese-American Boy by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith

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