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The Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Month is celebrated every year in the United States in the month of May. During this month we recognize the contributions and influence of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. 

Join us this month to pay tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success. Find our more about Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month and check out our list of recommended reads!

Picture Books

Danbi Leads the School Parade by Anna Kim- print

Watercress by Andrea Wang- print

Fatima’s Great Outdoors by Ambreen Tariq- print

Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon by Kat Zhang- print

Lift by Minh Lê- print

Middle Grade Books
boys in the back row
stand up yumi chung
The Last Fallen Star
We belong

The Boys in the Back Row by Mike Jung- print

Stand Up, Yumi Chung! By Jessica Kim- print

The Last Fallen Star by Graci Kim- print

We Belong by Cookie Hiponia Everman- print, eBook, eAudiobook

Red, White, and Whole by Rajani Larocca- print

Young Adult Books

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay- print, audiobook, eBook, eAudiobook

Almost American Girl by Robin Ha –print

Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo –print

Parachutes by Kelly Yang –print

Butterfly Yellow by Thanhhà Lai –print, eBook, eAudiobook

Super Fake Love Song by David Yoon –print

Adult Fiction

Things We Lost to the Water by Eric Nguyen- print

My Year Abroad by Chang- rae Lee- print

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See- print, large print, eBook, eAudiobook

The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu- print, eBook, eAudiobook

The Unpassing by  Chia Chia Lin- eAudiobook

Adult Nonfiction

Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner- print, large print, eBook, eAudiobook

Speak, Okinawa by Elizabeth Miki Brina-print, eBook, eAudiobook

Mango and Peppercorns: A Memoir of Food, An Unlikely Family and the American Dream by Tung Nguyen- print, eBook

Last Boat out of Shanghai by Helen Zia- print, eAudiobook

The Making of Asian America by Erika Lee- eBook, eAudiobook

Looking for more great reads? Check out these resources

12 Essential Books to Read for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month from Powell’s Books and APANO (Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon)

Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature from the Asian/Pacific American Libraries Association 

NYPL’s Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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