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Asian American Picure Books
This is a guide to some of the ERC's Asian American Children's Literature. The guide includes, picture books, historical fiction, as well as books that showcase current and relatable topics in black communities and cultures.
Goyangi Means Cat by
Call Number: PZ1000 M2203 Go 2011
Publication Date: 2011-05-12
When Soo Min comes from Korea to live with her new American family, she struggles to learn English and adjust to unfamiliar surroundings. She finds great comfort in the family's cat.This gentle story reveals that home is truly where the heart is.
Halmoni and the Picnic by
Call Number: PZ1000 C44626 Hal 1993
Publication Date: 1993-09-27
When Yunmi's class plans a picnic in Central Park, her Korean grandmother, Halmoni, agrees to chaperone. But Yunmi worries that the other children will make fun of Halmoni's traditional Korean dress and unfamiliar food.
Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by
Call Number: PZ1000 .U2746 Han 2014
Publication Date: 2014-08-01
Hana Hashimoto has signed up to play her violin at her school's talent show. The trouble is, she's only had three lessons. Hana's brothers insist she isn't good enough. Then, Hana remembers how wonderfully her talented grandfather, or Ojiichan, played his violin when she was visiting him in Japan. So, just like Ojiichan, Hana begins to practice every day.
How My Parents Learned to Eat by
Call Number: PZ1000.F8975 Ho 1984
Publication Date: 1987-04-27
An American sailor courts a young Japanese woman and each tries, in secret, to learn the other's way of eating.
Love As Strong As Ginger by
Call Number: PZ1000.L8682 Lo 1999
Publication Date: 1999-05-01
More than anything, Katie longs to go with GninGnin to work, to crack a mountain of crabs alongside her at the crab cannery. After her visit, she has a new understanding of her beloved grandma's hard life, and the sacrifices she's made to give her granddaughter a brighter future.
Mommy Far, Mommy Near by
Call Number: PZ1000.P352 Mo 2000
Publication Date: 2000-01-01
Young Elizabeth feels a range of emotions as she learns that she has two mommies: one in China and one in America. Her adoptive mother explains that although her Chinese mother loved Elizabeth and wanted to keep her, she couldn't because of China's laws.
My Mei Mei by
Call Number: PZ1000.Y855 Me 2006
Publication Date: 2006-02-16
This charming personal story from Ed Young follows a little girl as she learns what being a big sister is all about, and discovers the real meaning of family.
Round Is a Mooncake by
Call Number: PZ1000.T328 Ro 2000
Publication Date: 2014-09-16
A little girl's urban neighborhood becomes a discovery ground for all things round, square, and rectangular in this lyrical picture book. Most items are Asian in origin, others universal.
The Ugly Vegetables by
Call Number: PZ1000.L644 Ug 1999
Publication Date: 2001-07-01
It's easy to appreciate a garden exploding with colorful flowers and fragrances, but what do you do with a patch of ugly vegetables? At harvest time everyone agrees as those ugly Chinese vegetables become the tastiest, most aromatic soup they have ever known.
Call Number: PZ1000.W46843 Yo 1998
Publication Date: 2009-05-12
Mmm, Yoko's mom has packed her favorite for lunch today-sushi! But her classmates don't think it looks quite so yummy. Of course, Mrs. Jenkins has a plan that might solve Yoko's problem. But will it work with the other children in class?
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Yoon and the Christmas Mitten by
Call Number: PZ1000 R26 Yo 2006
Publication Date: 2006-10-31
Yoon's parents encouraged her to write her name in English instead of Korean. Now it's Yoon's turn to teach her parents about something she's learned in America. A determined Yoon soon realizes that she must use her own "Shining Wisdom" to persuade her parents that they can indeed be a Christmas family.
Almond Cookies and Dragon Well Tea by
Call Number: PZ1000.C4277 Al 1993
Publication Date: 1993-05-01
Erica, a European American girl, visits the home of Nancy, her Chinese American friend. In her glimpse of Nancy's cultural heritage, Erica finds much to admire & enjoy.
Flowers from Mariko by
Call Number: PZ1000 .N68 Fl 2001.
Publication Date: 2013-04-01
World War II is over and Mariko and her family are finally allowed to leave the camp. But the transition back into society isn't easy.
Henry and the Kite Dragon by
Call Number: PZ1000 H141 He 2004
Publication Date: 2004-06-03
In this touching story based on true 1920's events, two rival groups of children representing two different cultures come face to face, and when they do, they find they share much more than just the same sky.
Ling and Ting by
Call Number: PZ1000.L644 Lin 2010
Publication Date: 2011-09-05
Ling and Ting are two adorable identical twins, and they stick together, whether they are making dumplings, getting their hair cut, or practicing magic tricks. But looks are deceiving--people can be very different, even if they look exactly the same.
My Name Is Yoon by
Call Number: PZ1000 R26 My 2003
Publication Date: 2014-06-10
Getting to feel at home in a new country Yoon's name means "shining wisdom," and when she writes it in Korean, it looks happy, like dancing figures. But her father tells her that she must learn to write it in English. In English, all the lines and circles stand alone, which is just how Yoon feels in the United States.
Raymond's Perfect Present by
Call Number: PZ1000 .L938 Ray 2002
Publication Date: 2015-09-01
One day Raymond sees a young woman smile with pleasure when she is given a gift of flowers. When his mother falls ill, Raymond decides to grow her some flowers from seeds, to help her feel better.
The Last Dragon by
Call Number: PZ1000.N9645 Las 1995
Publication Date: 1997-04-14
Unhappy about having to spend the summer with his great aunt in Chinatown, Peter discovers a sense of satisfaction in repairing the old ten-man dragon he finds in a shop window, with the help of his new friends.
Two Mrs. Gibsons by
Call Number: PZ1000 .I38 Tw 1996
Publication Date: 2013-04-01
Two Mrs. Gibsons is author Toyomi Igus's tender and touching tribute to the two most important women in her life--her Japanese mother and her African American grandmother. In this book, Toyomi celebrates the joys and rich diversity of growing up biracial.
Going Home, Coming Home by
Call Number: PZ1000.T71 Go 2003
Publication Date: 2014-04-01
This summer, Ami Chi is taking a trip to far off Vietnam, where the streets are crowded with zipping scooters and fruit is shaped like dragons and stars.
Children's Book Help and Information
Baseball Saved Us by
Call Number: PZ1000 .M71284 Bas 1993
Publication Date: 1995-03-01
A Japanese-American boy discovers hope and self-respect while playing baseball at an internment camp during World War II.
Cooper's Lesson by
Call Number: PZ1000 .S53894 Co 2004
Publication Date: 2015-04-01
Cooper caught his reflection in the window. Brown hair, fair skin, and some freckles. Grandmother Park always said, "Such white skin!" and Grandmother Daly always said, "What brown skin!" Cooper has had about enough of being half and half. Before long he realizes that the question of who we are is never simple.
Call Number: PZ1000.M71284 He 1995
Publication Date: 2000-04-01
A Japanese-American boy learns about heroism from his father and uncle who served in the American army in Europe during World War 2.
Stranger in the Mirror by
Call Number: PZ1000 S2744 St 1995
Publication Date: 1998-10-26
One morning eight-year-old Martin looks in the mirror and sees a stranger. Overnight, he has changed. His parents take him to one doctor after another, only to be told that there is nothing wrong with their son. At school his teacher asks, "What have we here, trick or treat?"
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Surfer of the Century by
Call Number: CT4300.K31 C76 2007
Publication Date: 2007-10-01
The true story of Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku, six-time Olympic swimming champion and legendary surfer who popularized surfing around the world.
The East-West House by
Call Number: CT 4300 .N64 H35 2009
Publication Date: 2012-09-02
A biography of the early years of biracial sculptor/designer/landscape architect Isamu Noguchi, focusing on his childhood in Japan and the building of an "east-west" house that fostered his artistic inclinations and later gave shape to his lifelong creative approach.