Apr 15, 2021

Asian & Pacific American Heritage Month: Books Available

May is Asian & Pacific American Heritage Month! The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched Asian & Pacific American Heritage Month: Books Available | Grant Wood A E A America's history and are instrumental in its future success.

The National Parks Service celebrates the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander peoples to history and development of the United States. Every May they celebrate as well as throughout the year. Click here to learn more and see their educator resources. 

Grant Wood Area Education Agency's Media Center has some great books that feature Asian Americans and are written by #OwnVoices authors.

Elementary Picture Book

Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao -- Amy is determined to make a perfect dumpling like her parents and grandmother do, but hers are always too empty, too full, or not pinched together properly.

Middle - High School short stories

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings: Fifteen Retellings of Asian Myths and Legends -- A collection of East and South Asian mythic tales retold and re-imagined by fifteen authors from their respective cultures, including classic epics, fantasy tales, science fiction, and contemporary tales involving star-crossed lovers, meddling gods and goddesses, a ghost town, and a night of dancing.

High School Graphic Novel

The American Dream?: A Journey on Route 66: Discovering Dinosaur Statues, Muffler Men, and the Perfect Breakfast Burrito -- A graphic memoir of artist and immigrant Shing Yin Khor and her trip with her dog Bug's to travel America's famous Route 66 to find out what it really means to 'be American.'

In light of the recent attacks on Asians in the US, celebrating our diversity seems even more important. Here are a few Teen Health & Wellness resources to check out!

Please also check out this article from NBC News.