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The Asian and 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 Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States (Wikipedia).

In honor of this, we encourage you to read or listen to some books that are written by Asian and Pacific Islander Americans! Please note that if you liked any of these books, their authors often have many other titles that are available right now. Check Hoopla and Overdrive for more great reading!

Check out one of these great books, which can be found on our online services Hoopla or Overdrive:


The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

A Tale For the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (audio only)

Death of a Red Heroine by Qiu Xiaolong (audio only)

Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu

A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua

How Much of These Hills is Gold by C Pam Zhang

New Waves by Kevin Nguyen

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

Trust Exercise by Susan Choi


All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung (Korean- American Adoptee)

The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui (Vietnamese Refugees)

Know My Name by Chanel Miller

Dear Girls by Ali Wong

Part Asian, 100% Hapa by Kip Fulbeck

Young Adult

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay

They Called Us Enemy by George Takei

Frankly in Love by David Yoon

The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee

Legend by Marie Lu

Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang

The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad


A Single Chard by Linda Sue Park

A Place to Belong by Cynthia Kadohata

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Amal Unbound by Alisha Saeed

Grandmother’s Visit by Betty Quan

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

Hello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

Mice of the Round Table: A Tail of Camelot by Julie Leung

Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha La

Picture Books

Drawn Together by Minh Le

The Nian Monster by Andrea Wang

It Takes Two by Hyewon Yum

Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say

Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas by Natasha Yim

Hana Hashimoto, 6th Violin by Chieri Uegaki

Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin

Mooncakes by Loretta Seto

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