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Children's Books to Read by AAPI Writers and Illustrators

Middle Grade author and Book Rioter, Karina Yan Glaser, shared a list of recommended books by Asian American Pacific Islander writers and illustrators in a recent newsletter with the following message:

I write this newsletter with a heavy heart. After a year of rising anti-Asian hate, we witnessed the murder of six Asian women in Georgia on Tuesday as well as attacks on and murders of Asian elders across America. As an Asian-American woman, I am devastated by the news. This past Friday, I took over Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers’ Instagram account (my publisher) to recommend books by Asian authors and illustrators. I thought I would share these books with you, as I truly believe that one of the things we can do is read and recommend diverse stories so our new generation can be surrounded by stories of different cultures and experiences.

We agree with Karina that reading diverse stories, especially sharing these stories with the new generation, is an important step in building a future worth celebrating. See below for the books she recommended and you can register here for her The Kids Are All Right newsletter! You can also check out some videos Karina made talking more in depth about picture books and nonfiction books.

Spirit Hunters Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062430090
Availability: WILL NOT ARRIVE UNTIL 2022 - Backordered and/or In Reprint
Published: HarperCollins - June 26th, 2018

When You Trap a Tiger: (Winner of the 2021 Newbery Medal) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781524715700
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - January 28th, 2020

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780316038638
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 12th, 2011

A Wish in the Dark Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536204940
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Published: Candlewick - March 24th, 2020

A Different Pond (Fiction Picture Books) Cover Image
By Bao Phi, Thi Bui (Illustrator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781623708030
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Capstone Young Readers - August 1st, 2017

Eyes That Kiss in the Corners Cover Image
By Joanna Ho, Dung Ho (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062915627
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - January 5th, 2021

Drawn Together Cover Image
By Minh Lê, Dan Santat (Illustrator), Dan Santat (Cover design or artwork by)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781484767603
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 5th, 2018

All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781536209457
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Published: Candlewick - October 13th, 2020

Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist Cover Image
By Julie Leung, Chris Sasaki (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524771874
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Published: Schwartz & Wade - September 24th, 2019

The Fearless Flights of Hazel Ying Lee Cover Image
By Julie Leung, Julie Kwon (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780759554955
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - February 2nd, 2021

The Boring Book: (Childrens Book about Boredom, Funny Kids Picture Book, Early Elementary School Story Book) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452174563
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 6th, 2019

Hooray for Books! Cover Image
$16.99
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ISBN: 9780544748026
Published: Clarion Books - September 12th, 2017

The Nian Monster Cover Image
By Andrea Wang, Alina Chau (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780807556429
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company - December 1st, 2016

Crab Cake: Turning the Tide Together Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780544959002
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Published: Clarion Books - February 5th, 2019

Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring Cover Image
By Kenard Pak, Kenard Pak (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250151728
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - February 18th, 2020

The Piano Recital Cover Image
By Akiko Miyakoshi, Akiko Miyakoshi (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781525302572
Availability: WILL NOT ARRIVE UNTIL 2022 - Backordered and/or In Reprint
Published: Kids Can Press - September 3rd, 2019

Drawing From Memory Cover Image
By Allen Say, Allen Say (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780545176866
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 1st, 2011

Hello, Universe Cover Image
By Erin Entrada Kelly, Isabel Roxas (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780062414168
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Published: Greenwillow Books - April 7th, 2020

Checked Cover Image
By Cynthia Kadohata, Maurizio Zorat (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781481446624
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - February 12th, 2019

The Way to Bea Cover Image
By Kat Yeh
$7.99
ISBN: 9780316236690
Availability: WILL NOT ARRIVE UNTIL 2022 - Backordered and/or In Reprint
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 18th, 2018

Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire Cover Image
By Susan Tan, Dana Wulfekotte (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781250144003
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Square Fish - March 27th, 2018

Dragon Hoops Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781626720794
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Published: First Second - March 17th, 2020

Stargazing Cover Image
By Jen Wang, Jen Wang (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781250183880
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Published: First Second - September 10th, 2019

The Complete Chi's Sweet Home Box Set Cover Image
$109.80
ISBN: 9781949980387
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Published: Vertical Comics - August 25th, 2020

Dragonwings: Golden Mountain Chronicles: 1903 Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780064400855
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Published: HarperCollins - January 23rd, 2001

A Single Shard Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780547534268
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Published: Clarion Books - January 10th, 2011

The Kite Fighters Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780547328638
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Published: Clarion Books - June 7th, 2010

Prairie Lotus Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781328781505
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Clarion Books - March 3rd, 2020