Books for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

By Kaitlyn Spotts | May 2 2022 | General

This month we proudly celebrate Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month and the important role of Asian and Asian American voices in our culture and in our classrooms all year long. We’re spotlighting creators and centering stories that allow us to embrace diversity within the community and leads us to telling more balanced stories representative of various perspectives. We recognize and celebrate books by Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander creators that educate, empower, and inspire students all year-round.

 

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Penguin Random House is proud to support non-profit organizations focused on key issues in the community, such as mental health access and stopping anti-Asian racism and violence.  Two of the organizations we are partnering with this year are the Asian Mental Health Collective, and NYC-based Soar Over Hate.

Yes We Will: Asian Americans Who Shaped This Country
978-0-593-46305-5
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelly Yang comes a gorgeously illustrated picture book about Asian American changemakers doing everything they dreamed of and inspiring all of us to reach for new heights!
$18.99 US
May 03, 2022
Hardcover
40 Pages
Dial Books

Snow Angel, Sand Angel
978-0-593-12737-7
A celebration of home, family, and finding beauty in your heritage, beautifully illustrated by the artist behind Anti-Racist Baby.
$17.99 US
Jan 04, 2022
Hardcover
40 Pages
Make Me a World

Watercress
978-0-8234-4624-7
Caldecott Medal Winner Newbery Honor Book APALA Award Winner   Gathering watercress by the side of the road brings a girl closer to her family's Chinese Heritage.   New England Book Award Winner A New York Times Best Children’s Book of the Year A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book
$18.99 US
Mar 30, 2021
Hardcover
32 Pages
Neal Porter Books


She Persisted: Patsy Mink
978-0-593-40288-7
Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book series about women who spoke up and rose up against the odds--including Patsy Mink!
$14.99 US
May 03, 2022
Hardcover
80 Pages
Philomel Books

The Big Bath House
978-0-593-18195-9
A joyful celebration of Japanese cultural traditions and body positivity as a young girl visits a bath house with her grandmother and aunties.
$17.99 US
Nov 16, 2021
Hardcover
40 Pages
Random House Studio

Where's Halmoni?
978-1-63217-077-4
Where's Halmoni? is a beautifully illustrated, adventure-filled picture book in a graphic novel style, which follows the story of a young Korean girl and boy whose search for their missing grandmother leads them into a world inspired by Korean folklore, filled with mischievous goblins (Dokkebi), a greedy tiger, a clever rabbit, and a wily fox.
$19.99 US
Oct 03, 2017
Hardcover
96 Pages
Little Bigfoot

Nadia's Hands
978-1-59078-784-7
When Nadia is chosen to be a flower girl in Auntie Laila's traditional Pakistani wedding, her hands are decorated with beautiful designs made with mehndi, and she comes to understand the rich culture she has inherited.
$9.99 US
Dec 01, 2009
Paperback
32 Pages
Astra Young Readers

Fatima's Great Outdoors
978-1-9848-1695-5
An immigrant family embarks on their first camping trip in the Midwest in this lively picture book by Ambreen Tariq, outdoors activist and founder of @BrownPeopleCamping
$17.99 US
Mar 30, 2021
Hardcover
40 Pages
Kokila

Laxmi's Mooch
978-1-9848-1565-1
A joyful, body-positive picture book about a young Indian American girl's journey to accept her body hair and celebrate her heritage after being teased about her mustache.
$17.99 US
Mar 02, 2021
Hardcover
32 Pages
Kokila

The Paper Kingdom
978-0-525-64461-3
An office at night is reimagined as a fantastical kingdom of paper complete with friendly dragons in this own voices picture book.
$17.99 US
Feb 18, 2020
Hardcover
40 Pages
Random House Books for Young Readers