Geraldine Pu and Her Lunch Box, Too!

English, Mandarin & Taiwanese 6-10 Chinese Culture Food School Friendship Self-Advocacy Family Maggie P. Chang summary Geraldine loves her lunchbox, and that’s a hard same from me too. This introductory graphic novel follows Geraldine Pu as she brings her beloved biandang filled with delicious food that her Amah lovingly packs for her. Unfortunately, a classmate…

Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon

Written By: Kat Zhang Illustrated by: Charlene Chua For Ages: 4 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Family, Self-Esteem, Chinese Culture, Art, Creativity, Own Voices. Summary: Amy is such a fun and buoyant protagonist, and I’m so glad she’s back for another adventure! After an exciting read aloud about dragons, Amy and her classmates…

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, it is summertime in California and the family is living in their car.  Soon, a…

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 instead in an American Chinatown. ¬†Reflecting on memories of Hong Kong, the narrator comes to…

El Chino

Written &¬†Illustrated by:¬†Allen Say For ages:¬†4-9 years Language:¬†English, minor Spanish.¬† Topics Covered:¬†Chinese Culture, Spanish Culture, Self-Acceptance, Family, Trailblazer, Historical Figure, Bullfighting. ¬† Summary:¬†This book is written in first person, and begins by describing a boy named Billy’s family. ¬†His parents came from China to Arizona, and had six children. ¬†Billy’s father always told his children…