Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month with 280+ Children’s Books

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and during this month we celebrate and recognize the contributions of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

This celebration includes the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji, and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, and Easter Island).

10 different websites and blogs with a combined total of over
280+ books to celebrate Asian/Pacific Heritage Month!


Written by K. X. Song
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers


In this exciting adventure, you’ll encounter mighty canoes crashing over ocean waves, regal hawks soaring high above the clouds, and brilliant lizards jumping nimbly through forest trees! Most importantly, you’ll meet a courageous young girl named Ano who learns, grows, and comes to love her island home with all her heart.

Since the day that Ano was born, her heart has been connected to her home. But, this adventurous child has a lot to learn! When Ano begins to dance hula — a storytelling dance form that carries the knowledge, history, and folklore of the Hawaiian people — Ano comes to understand the true meaning of aloha.
Aloha Everything is both a captivating read and a fantastic educational resource for learning about Hawaiian history, ecology, and culture. With breathtaking hand-painted illustrations and beautiful rhyming poetry that will lull little ones into brilliant dreams of vibrant adventure, this book is sure to capture the hearts of both children and parents alike.

The beautiful poetry–weaving its way through every page–artfully blends 25 Hawaiian words into the English prose and provides a thoughtful exploration of the meaning of aloha in relation to the land, the people, and the lore. There is also a pronunciation guide and glossary providing additional information for those looking to learn more about the rich language and culture of Hawai’i.

Written by Kaylin Melia George and Illustrated by Mae Waite
Published by Red Comet Press

From Biracial Bookworms on KidLitTV:
Top 5 Picture Books About Hawai’i
From All Done Monkey:
6 children’s books on Asian Pacific American Heritage
The Great Wall of Lucy Wu - Social Justice Books Eyes That Kiss in the Corners: Ho, Joanna, Ho, Dung: 9780062915627: Amazon.com: Books
From Miss Panda Chinese:
12 children’s books featuring Asian/Pacific American authors
From Pragmatic Mom:
75 children’s books featuring Asian Pacific American authors and illustrators 
From Marcie in Mommyland:
18 children’s books featuring the country of New Zealand
Asian & Asian American Children's Books: Round Is A Mooncake Asian & Asian American Children's Books: Lin Yi's Lantern
From Colour of Us: 
30 children’s books (ages 0 to 18) featuring Asian & Asian American
Children's Books to Read for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (AAPI)
From Imagination Soup:
70 children’s books featuring Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (AAPI) characters
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From Hawaii Travel with Kids:
24 children’s books featuring the country of Hawaii 
Amazon.com: Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things: 9780375849305: Look, Lenore, Pham, LeUyen: Books Cora Cooks Pancit: Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore, Kristi Valiant, Kristi Valiant: 9781885008480: Books - Amazon
From Literacious:
25 children’s books to celebrate during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
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From Happy Days in First Grade:
10 children’s books that celebrate Asian culture
From Kids Travel Books: 
2 children’s books
set in French Polynesia
1 children’s book set in Samoa
2 children’s books set in Papua New Guinea
2 children’s books set in Tonga
4 children’s books set in the Marshall Islands!


Happy  AAPI Heritage Month!
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