Asian Heritage and Children’s-YA Book Resources

Asian Children’s-YA Heritage Book Resources

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AFCC Scholastic Asian Book Award: “…the joint initiative of the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) and Scholastic Asia. SABA will recognize children’s writers of Asian origin who are taking the experiences of life, spirit, and thinking in different parts of Asia to the world at large. The award also aims to promote the understanding of the Asian experience and its expression in innovative and creative forms.”

Asian American Curriculum Projects, Inc. “Our mission is to educate the public about the Asian American experience, fostering cultural awareness, and to educate Asian Americans about their own heritage, installing a sense of pride.” Offers quality books related to the following communities: Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Hawaiian, Hmong, Indonesian, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Samoan, Thai, and Vietnamese.

Asian American Writers Workshop: information on membership, programs, publications, awards, fellowships, people, and more.

Asia for Kids Educational Catalog: a resource for language and culture books, videos, CD-ROMS, crafts, games, dolls, and music. One of the very few commercial sites linked from this one. Excellent resource for Asian American books and more (Ancient Civilization, Adoption, Arabic & Middle EAstern, Bengali, Bilingual Books, Cambodia/Khmer, China, Cinderall stories, Gujarati, Hmong/Laos, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Multicultural/Biethnic, Pacific Islands/Hawaii, Pakistan/Urdu, Philippine, Spanish, Thailand/Thai, Vietnam, and more).

Asian/Pacific Award from Literature from the Asian/Pacific Librarians Association.

A Dozen YA Novels with Asian Guy Protagonists: compiled by Mitali Perkins from Mitali’s Fire Escape. Peek: “I got great suggestions, but didn’t include any middle-grade titles, those published before 2007, or novels in which the Asian guy was a sidekick, romantic interest, or one of several protagonists.”

Book Dragon: Books for the Multi Culti Reader from the Smithsonian Asian Pacific Center.

Childbook.com: features Chinese Children Books, Video’s, Audio and computer CD’s, and other materials for libraries, ESL Programs, and government institutions for teaching Chinese Culture and Language with secure online ordering.

A Dozen YA Novels with Asian Guy Protagonists: compiled by Mitali Perkins from Mitali’s Fire Escape. Peek: “I got great suggestions, but didn’t include any middle-grade titles, those published before 2007, or novels in which the Asian guy was a sidekick, romantic interest, or one of several protagonists.”

Middle-Grade Novels Featuring South Asian Characters by Suma Subramaniam from From the Mixed-Up Files. PEEK: “I interact with many middle-grade readers of South Asian descent in grades 4-8, so these books are of high interest. This post is about celebrating and sharing such books that were released in 2017 and also seeking out ways to find them.”

Multiracial Asian Children’s Books from Multiracial Asian Families.

South Asia Book Award from the South Asia National Outreach Consortium.

South Asian Narratives to Help Children Embrace their Cultural Backgrounds and Identities by Sania Zaffar and Armeen Sayani from ALSC Blog. PEEK: “With the recent political climate and fast-moving changes to immigration policy, we have tailored the booklist to better represent narratives of immigrants, refugees, and informational texts about Islam, not only a faith we both identify as, but one that has influenced our political climate.”

South Asian Voices: A Roundtable Discussion from We Need Diverse Books. PEEK: “As an oceanographer, I define Eurasia as one continent (despite cultural differences, if you look at a map of the world, you’ll see it really is one contiguous landmass). Asia, to me, includes every country  “East” of the Caspian Sea. However, I was once told, long ago, and I won’t say quite how long ago, at an “Asian” student gathering, that I wasn’t Asian!” SEE ALSO Part 2.

Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture: a joint project of the American Indian Library Association and the Asian/Pacific Librarians Association.

Asian Heritage Overview

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ASIAN-AMERICAN HISTORY by Lan Cao and Himilee Novas (Plume, 1996). Historical overview in readable question-and-answer format. Ages 12-up.

STRANGERS FROM A DIFFERENT SHORE: A HISTORY OF ASIAN AMERICANS (Little, Brown, 1989) by Ronald Takaki. More scholarly (but still readable) discussion of the Asian American experience. Ages 12-up.