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.