Celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month All Year Long

Many of NYC’s public school families have roots in countries such as Japan, India, Vietnam, China, Bangladesh, Samoa, and the Philippines. 

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, and throughout the remainder of the school year, NYC schools are celebrating the cultures, traditions, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

In honor of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, we put together the following list of books and websites that anyone, including students and teachers, can reference, study, read, and enjoy all year long.

If you have further book and/or website suggestions, please leave them in the comments below!


Elementary Grades:

  • Chef Roy Choi and The Street Food Remix is a Great Read for Asian Pacific American Heritage MonthBobby vs. Girls by Lisa Yee, illustrated by Dan Santant
  • Bronze and Sunflower by Cao Wenxuan, illustrated by Meilo So, translated by Helen Wang
  • Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and June Jo Lee, illustrated by Man One
  • Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire by Susan Tan, illustrated by Dana Wulfekotte
  • A Different Pond by Bao Phi, illustrated by Thi Bui
  • Holi Colors by Rina Singh
  • The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly
  • The Nian Monster by Andrea Wang, illustrated by Alina Chau
  • Ocean Meets Sky by Terry Fan and Eric Fan
  • Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani
  • Puddle by Hyewon Yum
  • Where’s Hamloni? by Julie Kim


Middle Grades:

  • Kitaro: The Great Tanuki War is a Great Pickup for Asian Pacific American Heritage MonthAmal Unbound by Aisha Saeed
  • Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan
  • Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
  • Escape from Aleppo by N. H. Senzai
  • Faithful Elephants: A True Story of Animals, People, and War by Yukio Tsuchiya, art by Ted Lewin
  • Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton
  • I am Gandhi by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by various artists
  • Kitaro and the Great Tanuki War by Shigeru Mizuki
  • Momotaro Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters by Margaret Dilloway, art by Choong Yoon
  • The Night Diary by Veera Hirandani
  • Peasprout Chen, Future Legend of Skate and Sword by Henry Lien
  • The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta
  • This is Our Constitution: Discover America with a Gold Star Father by Khizr Khan
  • Step up to the Plate, Maria Singh by Uma Krishnaswami


High School Grades:

  • Outrun the Moon is a Great Novel for Asian Pacific American Heritage MonthAmericanized: Rebel Without a Green Card by Sara Saedi
  • The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui
  • The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee
  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  • Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
  • Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
  • Ramayana: An Illustrated Retelling by Arshia Sattar, art by Sonali Zohra
  • Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali
  • Serpentine by Cindy Pon
  • Want by Cindy Pon
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon




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