Non-Fiction Youth Reads

NOTE: will sort the ethnicities in order later, everything is a mess

All Inclusive

1. Asian Pacific American Heroes By Mia Wenjen

2. Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion by Piyali Bhattacharya


Chinese American

1. The 2nd edition of Voices From The Railroad: Stories by Descendants of Chinese railroad workers by Sue Lee & Connie Young Yu

2. Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist by Julie Leung

3. Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom (Volume 6) by Teresa Robeson

4. Fearless Flights of Hazel Ying Lee by Julie Leung

5. Good Fortune: My Journey to Gold Mountain by Li Keng Wong

6. Kai’s Journey to Gold Mountain: An Angel Island Story

7. Landed by Milly Lee

8. The Dragon’s Child: A Story of Angel Island by Laurence Yep and Dr. Kathleen Yep

9. We the People: Angel Island by Alice Flanagan

10. The Journal of Wong Ming-Chung: A Chinese Miner, California 1852 by Laurence Yep

11. Fighting on all Fronts - Operation: WWII Chinese American G.I by Montgomery Hom


Japanese American

1. Remembering Manzanar: Life in a Japanese Relocation Camp by Michael Cooper

2. Seventeen Syllables and Other Stories by Hisaye Yamamoto

3. They Called Us Enemy by George Takei (written in comic book style)

4. Heroes by Ken Mochizuki

5. We Are Not Free by Traci Chee, Traci (for middle school)

6. Fred Korematsu Speaks Up (Fighting for Justice series) by Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi (for middle school)

7. Fred Korematsu: All American Hero by Anupam Chander, Madhavi Sunder, and Angelia Loi (for middle school)

8. The Journal of Ben Uchida: Citizen 13559, Mirror Lake Internment Camp by Barry Denenberg (for middle school)

9. Sylvia & Aki by Winifred Conkling (for middle school)

Filipino American

1. Growing Up Filipino: Stories for Young Adults by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard (for teens)

2. Growing Up Filipino II: More Stories for Young Adults by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard (for teens)

3. Her Wild American Self: Short Stories by M. Evelina Galang (for teens)

4. Cross Currents by Lee Cantwell (for middle school)

Korean American

1. Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story by Paula Yoo

2. The Koreans in Hawai'i : A Pictorial History, 1903-2003 by Wayne Patterson and Roberta Chang

Mongolian American

1. Almost American: A Mongolian Girl's American Story by Billie Tuvshinbaya

Malaysian American

1. Jimmy Choo (Profiles in Fashion) by Kerrily Sapet

Samoan American

1. A History of American Samoa by Amerika Samoa Humanities Council

Vietnamese American

1. The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui

Fiction Youth Reads

All Inclusive

1. The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo (for teens)

2. From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon (for teens)

3. There Will Come a Time by Carrie Arcos (for teens)

4. How We Fall Apart by Katie Zhao (for teens)

5. Operation Redwood by S. Terrell French (for middle school)

Afghan American

1. Shooting Kabul by N.H. Senzai

Cambodian American

1. Children of the River by Linda Crew (for middle school)

2. Home Is East by Many Ly (for middle school)

3. Roots and Wings by Many Ly (for middle school)

4. Trouble by Gary D. Schmidt (for middle school)

Chinese American

1. Willy Wong, American by Vanya Oakes and Weda Yap*

2. Front Desk by Kelly Yang (middle school)

3. Dragonwings by Laurence Yep (historical fiction for middle school)

4. The Alvin Ho Super Collection: Books 1 – 4 by Lenore Look (middle school)

5. Sammy Wong, All-American by Charley Rosen (middle school)

6. In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord (middle school)

7. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang (graphic novel for teens)

8. The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee (historical fiction for teens)

9. Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee (historical fiction for teens)

10. Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee (historical fiction for teens)

11. Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee (historical fiction for teens)

*Willy Wong American is a children’s book published in 1951 focusing on the struggles of a Chinese American boy trying to fit in. This may be the first book ever published for Asian American children and is currently out-of-print, but a digital copy can by found here:

Asian Indian American

1. Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi (for middle school)

2. Lowji Discovers America by Candace Fleming (for middle school)

3. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (for teens)

4. There's Something about Sweetie by Sandhya Menon (for teens)

5. 10 Things I Hate about Pinky by Sandhya Menon (for teens)

Hawaiian American

1. The Legends and Myths of Hawaii by his Hawaiian Majesty David Kalakaua

2. Kaiulani: The People's Princess, Hawaii, 1889 by Ellen Emerson White (historical fiction for middle school)

Filipino American

1. Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay (for teens)

2. Fresh Off the Boat by Melissa De la Cruz (for middle school)

3. The Language of Love by Kate Emburg (for teens)

Korean American

1. Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim (for middle school)

2. Almost American Girl by Robin Ha (for middle school)

3. Step from Heaven by An Na (for middle school)

4. Pippa Park Raises Her Game by Erin Yun (for middle school)

5. When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller (for middle school)

6. Frankly in Love by David Yoon (for teens)

7. I’m Ok by Patti Kim (for middle school)

Laotian American

1. Vatsana's Lucky New Year by Sara Gogol (for middle school)

Japanese American

1. I Am An American by Jerry Stanley (historical fiction for middle school)

2. Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban (historical fiction for middle school)

3. Jasmine Toguchi: Mochi Queen series by Debbi Michiko Florence

4. The Bracelet by Yoshiko Uchidab (historical fiction)

5. A Jar of Dreams by Yoshiko Uchida (historical fiction)

6. Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata (historical fiction)

7. Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus (historical fiction for middle school)

4. Dust of Eden by Mariko Nagai (historical fiction for teens)

5. Four-Four-Two by Dean Hughes (historical fiction for teens)

Pakistani American

1. Amina’s Song by Hena Khan (middle school)

2. Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan (middle school)

3. Zayd Saleem, Chasing the Dream: Power Forward; On Point; Bounce Back by Hena Khan (middle school)

Taiwanese American

1. Peiling and the Chicken-Fried by Pauline Chen

Vietnamese American

1. Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhhà Lai (middle school)

2. Vietnamese Children's Favorite Stories by Phuoc Thi Minh Tran (middle school)

3. Song of the Buffalo Boy by Sherry Garland (historical fiction)