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More people are standing up to #stopasianhate, raise awareness, and do their part to end the social and systemic injustices against Asians and Asian Americans, and we’re with them.
We also know that what our children read and play and see around them influences their view of the world and what actions they’ll take to do better as they grow.
These children’s books below are some of our favorites by Asian and Asian American authors and illustrators.
For parents looking to learn more about how to use children’s books to teach their children more about Asian America history, we recommend Teaching Asian American History through Children’s Literature, a 2016 presentation by Noreen Naseem Rodriguez.
Children’s Books by Asians and asian Americans
Celebrate the culture and works by Asian and Asian American authors and illustrators.
Eyes That Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho
A young girl realizes that her eyes are different from many of her friends. “They have eyes that kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea, crinkle into crescent moons, and are filled with stories of the past and hope for the future.”Get it on Amazon Get it on bookshop.org
Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom by Teresa Robeson
When Wu Chien Shiung was born 100 years ago in China, life looked different for girls. Parents did not consider girls as smart as boys and most did not attend school. Wu Chien Shiung’s parents were different and they encouraged a love of science and learning.Get it on Amazon Get it on bookshop.org
My Name Is Yoon by Helen Recorvits
Yoon is a little girl whose name means “shining wisdom,” and when she writes it in Korean it looks like happy dancing figures. But when she writes it in English, it looks like lonely lines and circles, which is just how she feels in America.Get it on Amazon Get it on bookshop.org
We Belong by Cookie Hiponia Everman
Stella and Luna know that their mom came from the Philippines, but they don’t know much else. One night they ask their mom to tell them a story, so she weaves a fantastic tale of her life as an immigrant child and another tale about the young life of Mayari, the mythical daughter of a god.Get it on Amazon Get it on bookshop.org
The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
Unhei is anxious that the kids in her new class won’t be able to pronounce her Korean name, so she decides instead to create a name jar and choose a new name for herself the following week. Meanwhile, she practices being an Amanda or a Suzy, a new friend discovers the beautiful meaning behind her real name, and the name jar mysteriously disappears.Get it on Amazon Get it on bookshop.org