BELLA Family + Scholastic Inc. Round Up Books For All Ages By AAPI Authors

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.

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Early Childhood

The Rice in the Pot Goes Round and Round

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.

Lala’s Words

By Gracey Zhang

On sale at 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.

Be Curious!

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 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

Zara Hossain Is Here

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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