One of my top priorities as an Asian American Pacific Islander mother is that my daughter’s experiences with books have authors, characters, stories, and illustrations that are representative of our household and the New York City community. As we close out AAPI Heritage month, our friends at Scholastic Inc. have rounded up books by AAPI authors focused for different age groups.
By Wendy Wan-Long Shang, illustrated by Lorian Tu
At the table where this family gathers, they share food, laughter, and, most of all, love. Readers of all ages are sure to delight in this joyful, expressive sing-along, slurping noodles, squishing tofu, and tapping chopsticks as they sing along to this familiar tune.
By Gracey Zhang
On sale at scholastic.com: July 6, 2021
From debut author-illustrator Gracey Zhang comes a timeless and timely picture book that celebrates the unassuming power of kind words. Lala’s wild nature and quiet compassion enchant in this evergreen story about the power of kind words and the magic of being loved for who you are.
By Joy Cho
Follow one happy cat as she goes on a sensory adventure full of animal friends, joy, and of course — curiosity! This book’s simple, rhyming text fosters parent-child interactions and read-aloud fun.
Upper Elementary, Middle and High School
Just Be Cool, Jenna Sakai
By Debbi Michiko Florence
On sale at scholastic.com: August 3, 2021
Jenna is starting to realize that being a loner is kind of, well, lonely. And letting people in might just be a risk worth taking.
Middle and High School
By Sabina Khan
Zara’s family has waited years for their visa process to be finalized, but in one moment that dream comes crashing down.
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