A selection of literature by Asian American authors and illustrators for children to read or listen to.
Child picture book, and big book. A counting book depicting the growth in a village and surrounding countryside during twelve months. Age: 5-8.
Children's picture book. The reader is asked to perform a series of mathematical operations integrated into the story of a lazy man who plants magic seeds and reaps an increasingly abundant harvest. Age: 3-8.
Child picture book. Introduces the wondrous traditions of a Chinese New Year through an illustrated and alphabetized review of such components as firecrackers, acrobats, and red envelopes. Age: 3-6.
Child picture book. Long ago in China, three brothers become tired of chasing birds from their family's rice fields and experiment with ways to make the job easier. Age: 6-8.
Child picture book. Left alone to prepare their family's prize-winning dumplings for the annual cooking contest, the young Kang boys accidentally invent a new dish, "mian tiao," or noodles. Includes a cultural note and a recipe for long life noodles. Age: 6-8.
Child picture book. Illustrated by Meilo So. This lyrical ode to humanity celebrates people all around the world as they do the same things in different ways, from morning to night: as we're carried first, then toddle, then walk; as we learn to read and explore new worlds; as we wish or dream, laugh or cry, or even wonder why. This universal picture book is as profound as it is simple. A beautiful sentiment to share at story time or bedtime, this book will touch children and adults alike. Age: 7-11.
Child picture book. A child describes the various little dishes of dim sum that she and her family enjoy on a visit to a restaurant in Chinatown. Age: 5-8.
Child picture book. Olvina, a chicken in more ways than one, overcomes her fear of swimming with help from her friend Hailey, a penguin, while on vacation in Hawaii. Age: 3-7.
Child picture book. Illustrated by Meilo So. Hurry, the tortoise, befriends a monarch butterfly when she stops in his garden in Wichita Falls, Texas, during her migration from Canada to Mexico. Includes facts about monarch butterflies. Age: 3-8.
Child picture book. IIllustrated by Meilo So. A little brown bunny enjoys visiting a garden from summer to spring, especially when a gray bunny shares the fun. Age: 2-7.
Child picture book. A little girl celebrates the Chinese Moon Festival with her parents, who tell her three legends about the moon while they eat mooncakes and drink tea. Age: 5-6.
Child picture book. Sumo Joe and his friends pretend to be sumo wrestlers, but when his little sister who takes Aikido wants to join them, Sumo Joe must choose between his friends and his sister. Age: 9-13.
Child picture book. This picture book depicts the start of a day in China--children are playing, an artist is painting, and people are exercising and meditating. Each page is a snapshot and the final spread collects them all to give a panorama of daily life in China. Full color. Age: 3-7