As a teacher, mom, and Asian American, I am *SO* happy to see more and more books representing people of different ethnicities. It’s important to me that my daughters see themselves reflected in books, movies, art, toys, and culture. For your reading pleasure, I’ve compiled a list of 20 of my favorite children’s books with Asian or Asian American characters and/or themes .

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1. Hush! A Thai Lullaby

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07/18/2024 08:42 am GMT

I actually bought this used, off of Facebook Market, along with a bunch of other books. I was so delighted to find out it is a Thai lullaby! (I am of Thai descent.) My kids literally had me read it to them four or five times the first day I brought it home! It’s a sweet story with lots of repetition (perfect for toddlers!) with a humorous ending.

2. Peek!: A Thai Hide-and-Seek

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07/18/2024 09:13 am GMT

Written by the same author as Hush! A Thai Lullaby, Peek!: A Thai Hide-and-Seek is equally adorable, playful, and colorful.

3. Bee-Bim Bop!

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07/18/2024 08:30 am GMT

A sweet story about a child helping her mom make a traditional Korean dish. The author even includes her recipe for it! 

4. Cora Cooks Pancit

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07/18/2024 09:15 am GMT

I love all of these stories involving food! Another endearing story about a Filipina mother and daughter cooking together.

5. A Different Pond

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07/18/2024 09:22 am GMT

This book is more sobering than those listed above. It’s a story about one Vietnamese father and son, a shared experience, and a connection between their old country and their new one.

6. Mela and the Elephant

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07/18/2024 03:09 am GMT

Ah, such a heartwarming story about friendship and kindness!

7. The Rice in the Pot Goes Round and Round

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07/18/2024 04:17 pm GMT

A cute adaptation of “The Wheels on the Bus”.

8. Eyes That Kiss in the Corners

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07/18/2024 06:05 am GMT

Just a gorgeous book! Beauty comes in many different forms.

9. The Name Jar

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07/18/2024 05:44 am GMT

Names are so special! A name in and of itself can be different…different sounding, different looking…but names are special because they are part of what makes you YOU.

10. My Mother’s Sari

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07/18/2024 10:08 am GMT

Whimsical and sweet!

11. Laxmi’s Mooch

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07/18/2024 12:12 pm GMT

A fun and supportive book about loving one’s body just the way it is and being proud of one’s heritage.

12. I Am Able to Shine

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07/17/2024 04:15 pm GMT

Totally positive and uplifting book!

13. Mommy’s Hometown

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07/18/2024 10:50 am GMT

A sweet book that looks at a mother’s hometown (and the daughter’s heritage) through the eyes of a child.

14. Magic Ramen: The Story of Momofuku Ando

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07/18/2024 02:12 pm GMT

A true story about how instant ramen was created.

15. Yum Yum Dim Sum 

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07/18/2024 10:57 am GMT

A cute book about dim sum, complete with whimsical illustrations.

16. Thank You, Mama

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07/18/2024 08:58 am GMT

A darling book about the joy of eating food and manners.

17. The Most Beautiful Thing

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07/18/2024 08:27 am GMT

All the feels!! A heartfelt story about the love between a grandma and granddaughter, beauty, and life as an immigrant.

18. Dumplings for Lili

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07/18/2024 05:29 am GMT

One of my favorites!!! A lighthearted story about dumplings, community, and family. Bonus: includes a recipe for bao!

19. Tofu Takes Time

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07/18/2024 09:01 am GMT

A sweet story about patience and the process of making tofu from scratch.

20. I Dream of Pop0

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07/18/2024 08:19 am GMT

A beautiful story about the love between a grandmother and granddaughter that transcends even distance.

 

 

 

20 Children\'s Books with Asian/Asian American Characters or Themes