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Diverse Children's Literature: Asian American

Topic information: Asian American

Be careful not to box yourself into a concrete search term for your topic. Think of synonyms for your subject - broader terms, related terms, and narrower terms. Using this strategy will guarantee a wider selection of materials. Be aware, too, that some search terms may be uncomfortable to think or say out loud - but could yield possible results.

"Asian American" is a non-specific term, and encompasses an enormous geographical swath of Asia, including China, India, Indonesia, and Pacific Islands among others. Take a look at winners of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature as an initial search and for keyword ideas. 

Possible search terms: Southeast Asia, Vietnam/Vietnamese, Pakistan/Pakistani, Hawaii/Hawaiian, Micronesia/Micronesian, Japan/Japanese, Bengal/Bengali, Nepal/Nepalese

Picture Books and Early Readers

Drawn Together
Feast of Peas
Grandfather's Journey
Grandma Lives in a Perfume Village
The Ocean Calls
Magic Ramen
Malala's Magic Pencil
A Map into the World
Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business
The Most Beautiful Village in the World
The Nian Monster
Over the Ocean
The Paper Boat
Uncle Peter's Amazing Chinese Wedding
When Spring Comes to the DMZ

Middle Grade

All Thirteen by Christina Soontornvat
Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed
Amina's Voice
Any Day with You
Brother's Keeper
The Bridge Home
Front Desk by Kelly Yang
Lalani of the Distant Sea
Little White Duck
The Night Diary
Not Your All-American Girl
Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park
A Thousand Questions
When the Sea Turned to Silver

Young Adult

Almost American Girl by Robin Ha
Butterfly Yellow by Thanhha Lai
Descendant of the Crane by Joan He
Frankly in Love
I Love You So Mochi
I'll Be the One
Ink and Ashes
The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen
My Heart Underwater
Parachutes by Kelly Yang
Summer Bird Blue
They Called Us Enemy
To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
We Are Not Free by Traci Chee