Children’s Books by Asian + Asian American Authors and Illustrators

Books for Kids by Asian American Authors- Story Time - Blog of the Best Books for Kids

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 - Children's Book by Asian and Asian American Authors

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.”

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A Big Mooncake for Little Star

A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin

Little Star loves making yummy Mooncakes with her mom, but they’re soooooo delicious! What will happen when she just can’t resist taking a teensy tiny bite??

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The Most Beautiful Thing

The Most Beautiful Thing by Kao Kalia Yang

Drawn from author Kao Kalia Yang’s remembered experiences as a Hmong child refugee, this picture book follows a family’s journey of love and strength and little money from Laos to the United States.

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Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao by Kat Zhang

Amy loves to make bao with her family, but hers keeps coming out all wrong. She wonders if she’ll ever make the perfect bao… until she comes up with an idea!

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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.

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A Different Pond Book

A Different Pond by Bao Phi

A Different Pond is a simple but powerful story about a father and son fishing for food, but it’s also about relationships and culture across generations.

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My Name Is Yoon

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.

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Vietnamese Children's Favorite Stories

Vietnamese Children’s Favorite Stories by Phuoc Thi Minh Tran

In this book, beautifully illustrated by Nguyen Thi Hop and Nguyen Dong, fifteen traditional Vietnamese tales are told by prominent storyteller Tran Thi Minh Phuoc.

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Suki's Kimono

Suki’s Kimono by Chieri Uegaki

Suki’s favorite possession is her blue cotton kimono. It reminds her of her grandmother, and she’s determined to wear it on her first day of school… no matter what anyone else says!

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We Belong

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.

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The Name Jar

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.

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