May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, which gives bibliophiles 31 days of perfect opportunities to add one, two, or possibly a few more books from Asian Pacific American writers to our ever growing TBR Lists. Whether you are still celebrating National Poetry Month, are looking for the next great novel by an Asian American author, or want to meet an awesome Asian American YA protagonist, we’ve got a round-up of books from various genres to satiate your diverse reading appetite. Happy Reading, y’all!
A Different Pond by Bao Phi (Author) and Thi Bui (Illustrator)
A moving story about the simple event of fishing and the relationship between father and son. Before starting his long workday, a father brings his son to a small Minneapolis pond to fish for enough food to feed their family for the day while sharing stories about their homeland of Vietnam.
Dumpling Days by Grace Lin
Loosely based on Lin’s Taiwanese American childhood, Dumpling Days follows Pacy as she takes her first trip to Taiwan to visit distant relatives and learn more about her parents’ home country. This book captures Pacy’s journey of experiencing a new culture while trying to better understand herself and her family.
Hush!: A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho (Author) and Holly Meade (Illustrator)
In this perfect bedtime story, a mother tries to put her baby to sleep, but the sounds of nearby animals keep disturbing them. By the end of the story, the lizard, monkey, and water buffalo have finally quieted down, so will mother finally be able to get the baby to sleep?