Take a look at these Asian American books for kids! Celebrate Korean, Southeast Asian, Vietnamese, Chinese cultures and more with these children’s books!
One of the most exciting things for me about blogging was discovering Asian American books for kids. This genre was just starting to emerge a few years ago when I started blogging.
Growing up, I read extensively but I never found books that were like me — an Asian American 2nd and 3rd generation girl living in the suburbs. I’m thrilled to find that this is no longer the case.
80+ Asian American Children’s Book Lists
Recognizing Children’s Books for AAPI Heritage Month (a huge list)
I love these wordless picture books by Asian and Asian American authors/illustrators so much that I made videos of them on my Instagram.
CoolAsianKids made a wonderful list of their favorite Asian American KidLit.
These recently published books show the new diversity of Asian American KidLit as well as the high quality of this genre.
I created a series of posts a while back that I called Teach Me Tuesday. I wanted to explore a country using children’s books as well as different elements of their culture from art to food to artisans. This was the first post I did of this series on Vietnam (and my best one!). The Teach Me Tuesday series is here.
A friend from Sri Lanka gave me a recipe that he loved as a child and this sparked this post. Finding the books is always the toughest part for me.
The more I learned about Laos, the more I want to go to this mysterious, beautiful, and tragic country.
Korean American Books for Kids
I’m half Chinese and Japanese and I married a Korean. My first multicultural book lists were on these three ethnicities as a way to show my children their heritage. The Korean American culture is so strong in America that this first post went viral.
This is the first post of mine ever to go viral.
I wanted to learn more about my husband’s family history so this is a very personal journey of discovery.
I don’t often do individual book reviews but finding this great Asian American book at the library made me want to post on it.
Japanese American Books for Kids
For your young ninja, books to learn about Japan.
It’s amazing how a single piece of art can have a ripple effect, inspiring others all around the world and for many generations.
WWII Internment seems to dominate Japanese American books for kids. I agree that it is an important lesson in history — my own mother was forced to relocate but I also hunger for books that explore other facets of being Japanese American.
Kite flying is an important ritual in Asia and I’ve rounded up every great kite flying book thanks to a little help from my friends and readers.
This was my response to a reader request.
I explore my own Japanese history in this post.
These older books explore the Japanese American internment experience during WWII, a shameful chapter in America’s history.
Chinese American Books for Kids
There is such a diversity of Chinese American books for kids from philosophy, culture, and contemporary times.
I wanted to show the breadth and depth of Chinese American books for kids. These were our favorites.
I never had a great Chinese New Year picture book despite always doing a Chinese New Year presentation for my children’s preschool so I was determined to upgrade!
Fourth of July from a Chinese American immigrant’s perspective via picture books. Yep, this is what I blog about!
I’m a huge fan of Grace Lin. I consider her the Amy Tan of children’s literature.
I love the Pacy series which is based on Grace Lin’s life. This chapter book about her trip to Taiwan actually covers several of Lin’s own summer vacations.
Grace’s favorite books growing up!
Lisa Yee portrays the dilemmas of modern-day Asian American kids caught between assimilation and Tiger parents.
A Chinese mythology action-adventure series.
South Asian Books for Kids
South Asian culture and books are foreign to me too so I wanted to learn more.
It was sad to find that most of the books on this list were out of print. There are some great ones lately but with such a large population of Southeast Asian Americans, I’m hoping more books in this genre will be published.
Sheela Chari’s debut mystery chapter book is award-winning!
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More diverse, multicultural, and inclusive book lists and book reviews from KidLit bloggers here on my Pinterest board:
Food for the Future: Sustainable Farms Around the World
- Junior Library Guild Gold selection
- Selected as one of 100 Outstanding Picture Books of 2023 by dPICTUS and featured at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair
- Starred review from School Library Journal
- Chicago Library’s Best of the Best
- Imagination Soup’s 35 Best Nonfiction Books of 2023 for Kids