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Books Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month May 1-31, 2021

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders influenced history on a global scale. Their heritage spans thousands of years and shaped the world we lived in. We have set aside the month of May, and take a moment for an in-depth look at the thriving culture paying tribute to the contributions generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders have made to American history, society, and culture.

“The history of North America is shaped by the stories of immigrants from Asia and the Pacific and the native people of the Pacific Islands. While some of the earliest Asian immigrants arrived from China, Japan, India, and Korea, immigration reforms tied to U.S. civil rights legislation brought even more groups to the United States—such as Vietnamese, Cambodians, Laotians, Indonesians, the Hmong and other peoples from South and Central Asia.”-The National Park Service.

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Resources: Read more herenational parks celebrate | Telling All Americans' Stories: Introduction to Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage 

Adult Fiction

The Wangs vs. the world by Jade Chang | book | e-book (hoopla) | audiobook (hoopla) | e-book (libby)

Trust Exercise : A Novel by Susan Choi | book | audiobook (hoopla) | audiobook (libby)

The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai | book | e-book (hoopla)

Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni | book 

Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh | book 

The Vegetarian by Han Kang | book 

Before the Coffee gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi | book | e-book (hoopla) | audiobook (hoopla)

The Leavers by Lisa Ko | book | e-book (hoopla) | audiobook (hoopla) | e-book (libby)

Crazy Rich Asians trilogy by Kevin Kwan | book | e-book (libby) | audiobook (libby)

Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok | book 

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri | book | e-book (libby) | audiobook (libby)

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri | book | e-book (hoopla) | e-book (libby)

My Year Abroad: A Novel by Chang- Rae Lee | book

Pachinko by Min Jin | book | e-book (libby) | audiobook (libby)

Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls by  T. Kira | book

Know my Name by Chanel Miller | book | e-book (libby) | audiobook (libby)

First Person Singular by Haruki Murakami | book 

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng | book | e-book (libby) | audiobook (libby)

The Committed by Viet Thanh Nguyen book | e-book (hoopla)

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka | book | audiobook (libby)

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy | book

Quichotte by Salman Rushdie | book | e-book (libby) | audiobook (libby)

The Island of Sea Women: A novel by Lisa See | book | e-book (libby) | audiobook (libby)

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara book | e-book (libby)

Adult Nonfiction

Not Forgotten: The True Story of My Imprisonment in North Korea by Kenneth Bae | book | e-book (hoopla) | audiobook (hoopla) 

Eat a Peach by David Chang | book | e-book (libby) | audiobook (libby)

A Map is Only One Story edited by Nicole Chung | audiobook (hoopla) 

Good Talk by Mira Jacob | book | audiobook (libby)

What We Carry by Maya Shanbhag Lang | book 

The Girl with Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee | book

Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir by Amy Tan | book | e-book (hoopla) | audiobook (hoopla)

Dear Girls by Ali Wong book | e-book (libby) | audiobook (libby)

Chapter Books for Teens and Tweens

All Thirteen: the incredible cave rescue of the Thai Boys soccer team by Christina Soontornvat | book

Almost American Girl by Robin Ha | book

Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan | book

Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay | audiobook (hoopla)

Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier | (LCLC) book

Heart of a Samurai: based on the true story of Manjiro Nakahama by Margi Preus | book

Measuring Up by Lily LaMotte | book

Meet Yasmin by Saadia Faruqi | book

Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani | book

Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park | book

When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller | book | e-book (overdrive)

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin | book

This time will be different by Sugiura, Misa | book

Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen | book

The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala | book

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han | book

I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee | e audio

Yolk by Mary H. K. Choi | book

Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi | book

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings, edited by Ellen Oh | book

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan | book

Wicked Fox by Kat Cho | book

Chapter Books for Kids

Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan | book

Heart of a Samurai: based on the true story of Manjiro Nakahama | book

Measuring Up by Lily LaMotte | book

Meet Yasmin by Saadia Faruqi | book

When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller | book

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin | book

Picture Books

Amy Wu and the perfect bao by Kat Zhang | book

A Different Pond by Bao Phi | book

Drawn Together by Minh Lê | book

Eyes that Kiss in the Corner by Joanna Ho | book

Golden Threads by Suzanne Del Ruzzo | book

The Ocean Calls: a haenyeo mermaid story by Tina Cho | (LCLC) book

Ohana Means Family by Illima Loomis | book

Punia and the King of Sharks by Lee Wardlaw | (LCLC) book

Where’s Halmoni? by Julie J. Kim | book

Updated: 4/16/2021