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National Education Association's Asian American Booklist

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To Destroy You Is No Loss

by Joan D. Criddle and Teeda Butt Mam

Explains the horrendous and evil history that was being made in Cambodia during 70's and 80's. This biography is about an educated Cambodian family who was exiled from Phnom Penh, along with the entire city full of inhabitants by The Khmer Rouge.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Seesaw Girl

by Linda Sue Park and Mou-Sien Tseng and Jean Tseng

Jade never ventures beyond the walls of her family's Inner Court; in seventeenth-century Korea, a girl of good family does not leave home until she marries. She is enthralled by her older brother's stories about trips to the market and to the ancestral grave sites in the mountains, about reading and painting, about his conversations with their father about business and politics and adventures only boys can have. Jade accepts her destiny, and yet she is endlessly curious about what lies beyond the walls. A lively story with a vividly realized historical setting, "Seesaw Girl" recounts Jade Blossom's daring attempts to enlarge her world.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

The Joy Luck Club

by Amy Tan

Amy Tan’s beloved, New York Times bestselling tale of mothers and daughters

Four mothers, four daughters, four families whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who's "saying" the stories. In 1949 four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, begin meeting to eat dim sum, play mahjong, and talk. United in shared unspeakable loss and hope, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. Rather than sink into tragedy, they choose to gather to raise their spirits and money. "To despair was to wish back for something already lost. Or to prolong what was already unbearable." Forty years later the stories and history continue.

With wit and sensitivity, Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between mothers and daughters. As each woman reveals her secrets, trying to unravel the truth about her life, the strings become more tangled, more entwined. Mothers boast or despair over daughters, and daughters roll their eyes even as they feel the inextricable tightening of their matriarchal ties. Tan is an astute storyteller, enticing readers to immerse themselves into these lives of complexity and mystery.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Butterflies for Kiri

by Cathryn Falwell

Kiri, a Japanese American girl who loves to draw and paint, tries to use the origami set she received for her birthday. Includes instructions for making an origami butterfly.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


by Laurence Yep

Robin, a promising young ballet student, cannot afford to continue lessons when her Chinese grandmother emigrates from Hong Kong, creating jealousy and conflict among the entire family.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Lion Dancer

by Kate Waters and Madeline Slovenz-Low

Describes six-year-old Ernie Wong's preparations, at home and in school, for the Chinese New Year celebrations and his first public performance of the lion dance.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Yell-Oh Girls! Emerging Voices Explore Culture, Identity, and Growing Up Asian American

by Vickie Nam

The collection includes 80 brief selections (most are under three pages) by budding writers between 15 and 22 years of age, from all over the country.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Anno's Counting Book

by Mitsumasa Anno

First there is an empty field. The it is January, the first month of the year. All alone in the snow stands 1 yellow house. In front, 1 child builds a snowman. Behind the house is 1 tree and 1 black cow. Now, five months later, it is June. There are 6 buildings in the field, 6 children playing, and 6 adults working. One adult tends 6 ducks. Another drives a trains with 6 cars. From 1 to 12, through the months of the year, the town grows. More houses and trees and animals and people can be seen until December arrives with all it's magic.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Behind the Wheel

by Janet S. Wong

Thirty-five poems look at various aspects of driving, including passing the written driver's test, being pulled over by a cop, and having an accident, and treat them as a metaphor for life.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

The Sign Painter

by Allen Say

In his Caldecott acceptance speech for GRANDFATHER'S JOURNEY, Allen Say told of his difficulty in separating his dreams from reality. For him this separation was not as important as finding a meaning behind the contradictions and choices we all must make in life and their consequences.

Early one morning a boy comes into town, hungry, and looking for work. He meets a sign painter who takes him on as a helper. The boy yearns to be a painter. The man offers him security. The two are commissioned to paint a series of billboards in the desert. Each billboard has one word, Arrowstar. They do not know its meaning. As they are about to paint the last sign, the boy looks up and sees in the distance a magnificent structure. Is it real? They go to find out.

Through a simple text and extraordinary paintings, the reader learns of the temptation of safe choices and the uncertainties of following a personal dream. Here Allen Say tells a haunting and provocative story of dreams and choices for readers of all ages.

[This text is listed as an example that meets Common Core Standards in English language arts in grades 2-3 at http://www.corestandards.org.]

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Born Confused

by Tanuja Desai Hidier

Seventeen-year-old Dimple, whose family is from India, discovers that she is not Indian enough for the Indians and not American enough for the Americans, as she sees her best friend taking possession of her heritage and the boy she likes.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Children of the River

by Linda Crew

Sundara fled Cambodia with her aunt's family to escape the Khmer Rouge army when she was thirteen, leaving behind her parents, her brother and sister, and the boy she had loved since she was a child.Now, four years later, she struggles to fit in at her Oregon high school and to be "a good Cambodian girl" at home. A good Cambodian girl never dates; she waits for her family to arrange her marriage to a Cambodian boy. Yet Sundara and Jonathan, an extraordinary American boy, are powerfully drawn to each other. Haunted by grief for her lost family and for the life left behind, Sundara longs to be with him. At the same time she wonders, Are her hopes for happiness and new life in America disloyal to her past and her people?From the Paperback edition.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

The Imp That Ate My Homework

by Laurence Yep

Showdown in Chinatown! Jim wants to be a normal American kid. The only problem: His grandfather is the meanest, ugliest man in Chinatown. Grandpop has no patience for his "native born, no brains" grandson, and Jim is not all that interested in hearing about old Chinese customs and superstitions. But then a nasty green imp shows up, determined to settle an ancient family feud. The imp is making Jim's life miserable, and Grandpop seems to be the only one who can help. Could Grandpop really be the reincarnation of an ancient Chinese warrior-- the world's only hope against one mean green imp?

Date Added: 05/25/2017

The Magic Paintbrush

by Laurence Yep

A magic paintbrush transports Steve and his elderly caretakers from their drab apartment in Chinatown to a world of adventures.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

The Clay Marble

by Minfong Ho

The story is about a girl named Dara who goes to a refugee camp along with her family, but gets separated from them and endures many challenges to be safe once again with them.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Finding My Voice

by Marie G. Lee

"Books, Tomper, letter jackets, parties, friends. Where do I fit into this mess?" It’s Ellen Sung’s last year and she is desperate to make it count. This will be the year she finally wins a varsity letter for gymnastics. She’ll spend more time with her friends and less time with her books. She’ll get into the college of her choice. Maybe she’ll even find a boyfriend. Easier said than done, when you’ve got to deal with super-strict parents, pressure to get good grades, and the prejudice of some classmates because you’re the only Korean-American student in a small school. But sometimes things do go right!

Date Added: 05/25/2017

The Beggar in the Blanket and Other Vietnamese Tales

by Gail B. Graham

This book is a collection of 8 Vietnamese folk tales.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Shadow of the Dragon

by Sherry Garland

High school sophomore Danny Vo tries to resolve the conflict between the values of his Vietnamese refugee family and his new American way of life.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson

by Bette Bao Lord

A young Chinese girl in 1947 comes to Brooklyn and discovers her love for baseball while adjusting to new life in America.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Saying Goodbye

by Marie G. Lee

In this sequel to "Finding My Voice," Ellen Sung explores her interest in creative writing and in her Korean heritage during her freshman year at Harvard.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

The Magic Fan

by Keith Baker

Guided by a magic fan, Yoshi builds a boat to catch the moon, a kite to reach the clouds, and a bridge that saves the villagers from a tidal wave.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

The Cricket's Cage

by Stefan Czernecki

Retells a Chinese folktale in which a clever and kindly cricket is responsible for designing the tower buildings for Beijing's "Forbidden City."

Date Added: 05/25/2017


by Laurence Yep

On the morning of August 6, 1945, an American bomber, the Enola Gay, roars down the runway of the Pacific island, Tinian. Its target is Hiroshima, Japan. Its cargo is an atom bomb.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

One Sunday Morning

by Yumi Heo

Minho and his father have an active morning at the park, taking a carriage ride, seeing the animals in the zoo, and riding the merry-go-round.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

In the Park

by Huy Voun Lee

On the first day of spring, a mother and her son go to the park where they draw Chinese characters that represent words relating to the season.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

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