Friday, April 29, 2022

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPI Heritage Month). This is a time to recognize the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans. AAPI encompasses all of East, Southeast and South Asia, as well as the Pacific Islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. This includes countries like Japan, Malaysia, Afghanistan, Qatar, Syria and many more. As of 2019 there is an estimated 22.4 million Asian Americans living in the United States.1

The accomplishments and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders can be seen in American culture through sports, music, politics, film, and more. We invite you to check out books from authors like Rohinton Mistry, Helen Hoang, Ocean VuongMohsin Hamid, Viet Thanh NguyenCeleste Ng, Khaled Hosseini, and Megha Majumdar.

In honor of AAPI Heritage Month, here is a book list that highlights the history and culture of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.


Picture Books

Bindu's Bindis by Supriya Kelkar

Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon  by Kat Zhang

Ohana Means Family by Ilima Loomis

Middle Grade

Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

We Belong by Cookie Hiponia Everman

The Fearless Flights of Hazel Ying Lee  by Julie Leung

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed.

Young Adult

Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar.

Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim.

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay


The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

A Burning by Megha Majumdar

Chemistry : A Novel by Weike Wang.

All You Can Ever Know : A Memoir by Nicole Chung.