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National Education Association's Asian American Booklist

Description: Bookshare is pleased to offer the following titles from The National Education Association's Asian American Booklist.


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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


The Journal of Wong Ming-Chung:

by Laurence Yep

1881. A small village in China. A new emperor. The old problems such as hunger. Uncle Precious Stone declares that he is going to The Golden Mountain. After some time for preparation, he goes.

A few months later, Mama and Papa receive a request to send older brother. But they send Runt! He is the younger, smaller, more intellectual brother.

This is an exciting adventure! Although the journal is fiction, the events it portrays are based on history (American and Chinese) and culture. A fine book for a book report!

Date Added: 05/25/2017


The Bicycle Man

by Allen Say

The amazing tricks two American soldiers do on a borrowed bicycle are a fitting finale for the school sports day festivities in a small village in occupied Japan. Includes picture descriptions.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Allison

by Allen Say

When Allison tries on her new red kimono and looks in the mirror, she suddenly realizes that she looks more like her favorite doll, Mei Mei, than her parents. Where did Mei Mei come from? Where do I come from?" Allison asks. "Far, far away -- from another country; Father says."Mother and I went there and brought you and Mei Mei home with us." But Allison is confused. At daycare the next day, she refuses to climb the monkey bars or play tag with the other children, and alone in her room that night she asks Mei Mei, "Allison isn't my real name. Do you know what it is?" But the only answer is the cry of a stray cat looking in her window. Through evocative watercolors and understated prose, Caldecott Medalist Allen Say creates a moving statement on families, adoption, and the search for belonging.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Emma's Rug

by Allen Say

From the book: When Emma is born, she is given a small rug. Mother lays it by the crib, for the day the baby can stand on her feet. By the time Emma climbs out of the crib, no one can remember who gave her the rug. As soon as she can hold a pencil, Emma begins to draw. Her parents are impressed by her mysterious talent. She wins top prizes in the first grade art contest and a citywide competition. Then one day at school Emma refuses to draw. "Do you feel all right?" the teacher asks. Emma only nods and pushes the box of crayons away. Without her beloved rug, Emma believes that she cannot draw. As the story takes an unusual turn, Emma finds her way back to the easel where she has had so much fun. Other books by allen Say are available from Bookshare.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Desert Exile: The Uprooting of a Japanese-American Family

by Yoshiko Uchida

Desert Exile chronicles the experiences of a well-to-do Japanese American family before and during the internment of Japanese-Americans during the Second World War.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


China Boy

by Gus Lee

Kai Ting is the only American-born son of a family that has fled China. Unprepared for life on the streets of San Francisco, Kai spends his childhood trying to adapt to American life.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


The Land I Lost

by Huynh Quang Nhuong

A collection of personal reminiscences of the author's youth in a hamlet on the central highlands of Vietnam.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Journey Home

by Yoshiko Uchida

Yuki, a 12-year-old Japanese American girl, and her family were sent to a concentration camp in Utah. This is the story of their journey back to Berkeley, California after WWII is over.

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


The Star Fisher

by Laurence Yep

In 1927, Joan Lee and her family are the first Chinese-Americans that Clarksburg has ever seen. Joan knows she's American. But no one else seems to think so.

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


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 Golem and the Dragon Girl

by Sonia Levitin

Laurel Wang is not crazy. She knows that the ghost of her beloved great-grandfather lives in the oak tree outside her house. But now her grandparents are arriving from China, and the family must move to a bigger place - leaving the protective spirit behind. Twelve-year-old Jonathan and his family are moving into Laurel's house - and he's not too happy either. He's already living with a stepfather he can't stand and a dog he didn't choose; now he has to say goodbye to a familiar neighborhood and his wonderful Uncle Jake. But moving blues soon give way to angry ghosts, fortune cookies that predict the future, and a very scary accident - as two teenagers with very different backgrounds join together to investigate a mystery, and discover something remarkable about each other...

Date Added: 05/25/2017


If It Hadn't Been For Yoon Jun

by Marie G. Lee

Seventh grader Alice's life couldn't be better. She has two fabulous best friends, a boy from the football team who seems to like her, and she has just been chosen to be on the junior high cheerleading squad. But then Yoon Jun moves to town, and because he is Korean, like Alice, her father tries to make her be friends with the new boy. But Alice thinks Yoon Jun is kind of a dork and can't figure out why she should have to be friends with him simply because they happen to come from the same country. Alice was a baby when her parents adopted her and brought her to the U.S. so she doesn't remember anything about Korea and considers herself 100% American. But then Alice and Yoon Jun are assigned to work on a project together for their school's International Day, and Alice discovers that spending time with Yoon Jun might not be so terrible after all.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


A Jar of Dreams

by Yoshiko Uchida

When Aunt Waka comes to visit, and brings with her the old-fashioned wisdom of Japan, she teaches Rinko the importance of her Japanese heritage, and the value of her own strengths and dreams.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


The Cook's Family

by Laurence Yep

12-year-old Robin Lee goes to her grandmother's house in Chinatown where they befriend a lonely cook. In Robin's new make-believe family, she discovers a sense of her Chinese heritage. The thing is, once Robin starts pretending, she doesn't want to stop.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


American Eyes: New Asian-American Short Stories for Young Adults

by Lori M. Carlson and Cynthia Kadohata

Heartfelt short stories written by ten young Asian-American writers who share the conflicts that many young people feel living in two distinct worlds - one of memories and traditions, and one of today. Stories by Marie G. Lee, Ryan Oba, Katherine Min, Mary F. Chen, Lois-ann Yamanaka, Fae Myenne Ng, Cynthia Kadohata, Peter Bacho, Lan Samantha Chang, and Nguyen Duc Minh.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Grandfather Counts

by Andrea Cheng

When her mother's father comes from China, Helen, who is biracial, develops a special bond with her grandfather despite their age and language differences.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Dia's Story Cloth

by Dia Cha

The story cloth made for the author by her aunt and uncle chronicles the life of the Hmong people in their native Laos and their eventual emigration to the United States.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Echoes of the White Giraffe

by Sook Nyul Choi

Fifteen-year-old Sookan adjusts to life in the refugee village in Pusan but continues to hope that the civil war will end and her family will be reunited in Seoul. Historical fiction.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Tae's Sonata

by Haemi Balgassi

Tae, a Korean American eighth grader, tries to sort out her feelings when she is assigned a popular cute boy as a partner for a school report and later has a falling out with her best friend.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Boxing in Black and White

by Peter Bacho

Text and photographs present some of the notable heavyweight boxing matches of the twentieth century, featuring such fighters as Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, and Muhammad Ali.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


The Eternal Spring of Mr. Ito

by Sheila Garrigue

The fate of a 200-year-old bonsai tree is decided by a young girl and an old Japanese Canadian gardener who resists being imprisoned in an internment camp after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Sequel to "All the Children Were Sent Away."

Date Added: 05/25/2017


The Best Bad Thing

by Yoshiko Uchida

Date Added: 05/25/2017



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