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A Life Made by Hand: The Story of Ruth Asawa

Written & Illustrated by: Andrea D’Aquino For ages: 5-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Artists, Historical Figure, Asian-American Experience, Trailblazers, Nature, Sculpture, Self-Expression.  Summary: This is a lovely book designed to introduce Ruth Asawa to younger children!  The artistic styling of the book is beautiful, a…

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Piece by Piece

Topics Covered: Family, Asian-American Experience, Chinese-American Identity, History, Historical Architecture, Museums, Social-Emotional Learning, Own Voices.  Summary:  This book is about Emmy, and the strong relationship she has with her grandmother Nainai who lives in China.  Nainai comes to visit during the summer, and…

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Color Outside the Lines: Stories About Love

Written by: Adam Silvera, Samira Ahmed, Michelle Ruiz Keil, Danielle Paige, Eric Smith, Sangu Mandanna, Elsie Chapman, Anna-Marie McLemore, Lauren Gibaldi, Kelly Zekas & Tarun Shanker, Lori M. Lee, Caroline Tung Richmond, Karuna Riazi, L.L. McKinney, Tara Sim, Lydia Kang Edited by: Sangu Mandanna…

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Mindy Kim and the Lunar New Year Parade

Written by: Lyla Lee Illustrated by: Dung Ho For ages: 6-9 years Language: English & some Korean Topics Covered: Korean-American Experience, Lunar New Year, Culture & Traditions, Holidays, Friendship, Single-Parent Family, Lunar New Year, Safety, Social-Emotional Development, Own Voices.  Summary:  Happy Lunar New Year!  This…

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Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business

Written by: Lyla Lee Illustrated by: Dung Ho For ages: 6-9 years Language: English & some Korean Topics Covered: Parent Loss, Korean-American Experience, New Experiences, Moving, Growing Up, Family, Social-Emotional Learning, Friendship, Single-Parent Families. Summary:  This is an adorable early chapter book that we are…

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My Footprints

Written by: Bao Phi Illustrated by: Basia Tran For ages: 3 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Imagination, LGBTQ Families, Bullying, Xenophobia, Family, Love, LGBTQ, Growing Up, Girls Outdoors. Summary:  My Footprints is a lovely book that tackles some tough subjects. Thuy, our main character,…

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Front Desk

Written by: Kelly Yang Cover Art by: Maike Plenzke For ages: Middle Grades YA Book Language: English, slight Mandarin. Topics Covered: Immigration, Racism, Friendship, Family, Growing Up. Summary: Mia Tang and her parents emigrated from China two years before the book begins.  When the book begins,…

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My Chinatown: One Year in Poems

Written & Illustrated by: Kam Mak For ages: 4 years & up Language: English Topics Covered: Poetry, Immigration, Asian-American Experience, Chinese Culture, Family.  Summary: This book chronicles the first year that the narrator, a young boy, spends away from his old home in Hong Kong and…

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Ruth Asawa: A Sculpting Life

Written by: Joan Schoettler Illustrated by: Traci Van Wagoner For ages: 6-9 years Language: English Topics Covered: Historical Figures, Women Artists, Historical Events, Public Art.  Summary: Aiko and Ruth Asawa are the same person.  Aiko speaks Japanese at home, and at her Japanese school on Saturdays…

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