May - Even More Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Books
May is winding down and today I'm posting three more books we've loved reading for AAPI Heritage month. You can purchase any or all of these through my store by clicking on the image.
When I taught kindergarten, every year we did a unit on Goldilocks and the Three Bears, reading as many versions we we could get our hands on. This was a favorite among my students every year. In this version, Goldy Luck's mom asks her to bring turnip cakes to her neighbors, the Chans, for Chinese New Year. The Chans just happen to be a family of panda bears. When Goldy Luck starts exploring, trouble heads her way. However, this story ends with a new friendship that helps Goldy redeem herself.
Oscar and I recently watched the short Pixar film, Bao. So when we saw Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao at the library we were so excited! Amy Wu is good at a lot of things but making the perfect bao is always a bit out of reach. Sometimes her bao are too small, sometimes too big, sometimes too full. When it seems like all hope is lost, she discovers a secret step that helps her make the perfect bao with her family. Oscar LOVED this book. We've read it no less than 10 times in the week we've had it. I really love the cat side kick too - super sweet and lots of fun.
|The sequel to The Year of the Dog|
Grace Lin has risen to the top of my author favorites recently. I (finally) subscribed to her newsletter this spring and it was so fun! There were so many great reading suggestions, books, gardening ideas and READING TO CHICKENS! Folks, this is me. I'm a person who loves the idea of reading to chickens. So, there ya go. We know each other a bit better now. My friend Afton, who works at America's Test Kitchen, said that Lin also did a book talk with ATK about representing diversity through food in children's literature and that it was amazing.
I've featured a lot of picture books for AAPI Heritage Month so it was important to me to include something for the older reader in your life. Lin writes plenty of picture books but when I read this I felt like I was back in 5th grade again. She nails the voice of a 5th grader. (I'm assuming she's a 5th grader because when I read my diaries from 5th grade, this is what I sounded like.) I wish this book had been around for me then. A voice that sounds like my own, a perspective different than my experiences. Sweet, funny, and full of stories from Pacy's mom which reminded me of how my mom always told us stories.
You get it all with Grace Lin, folks. Add her books to your lists.