Celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month With These Books

These books from Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing are perfect for celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Check out the following suggestions based on your child(ren)’s ages. Each month, try to expand your children’s horizons (and perhaps your own) with different authors, cultures, gender, religions- in short, points of view that might be different from your own. There is a lot to learn, and many different points of view to learn it from. S&S gives really great suggestions monthly based on your favorite topics or what age child you have- check out the website and see what is going on from month to month. You can subscribe to the newsletter as well to stay in the loop.

Books for young readers to celebrate AAPI Month


By Kat Zhang; Illustrated by Charlene Chua

5/3/22 | ISBN 9781534497351 | Ages 4-8

Amy Wu does her best to make her new classmate feel welcome in this warmhearted and playfully illustrated follow-up picture book to Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao and Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon.

asian american books


By Terry Fan and Eric Fan

5/3/22 | ISBN 9781534483170 | Ages 4-8

From the critically acclaimed, award-winning creators of Ocean Meets Sky and The Night Gardener comes a whimsical and sweet tale of a young girl who cares for her pet cloud as it grows.

asian american books


By Lyla Lee; Illustrated by Dung Ho

4/5/22 | ISBN 9781534489004 | Ages 6-9

Fresh off the Boat meets Junie B. Jones in this adorable chapter book series following Mindy Kim, a young Asian American girl—in this seventh novel, Mindy’s dad and Julie get married.


By Radhiah Chowdhury; Illustrated by Lavanya Naidu

3/1/22 | ISBN 9781665903905 | Ages 4-8

Reminiscent of Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow’s Mommy’s Khimar, this beautifully woven tale about the bonds of love, culture, and memory follows a young girl learning about her family history through her grandmother’s katha chest.


By Maggie P. Chang

1/18/22| ISBN 9781534484719 | Ages 6-8

Spunky, funny, and friendly Geraldine Pu gets ready for picture day in this second book in this Level 3 Ready-to-Read Graphics series!


Adventures for Middle Grade readers


By Xiran Jay Zhao

5/10/22 | ISBN 9781665900706 | Ages 8-12

Percy Jackson meets Tristan Strong in this hilarious, action-packed middle grade contemporary fantasy that follows a young boy as he journeys across China to seal the underworld shut and save the mortal realm.

asian american books


By Jenna Yoon

5/3/22 | ISBN 9781534487932 | Ages 8-12

Perfect for fans of the Storm Runner and Aru Shah series, this thrilling middle grade fantasy follows a young girl who must venture to the undersea kingdom of the Dragon King in Korea to save her parents from an evil diviner spirit.


By Kelly Yang

3/1/22| ISBN 9781534488304 | Ages 8-12

From the New York Times bestselling author of Front Desk comes a poignant middle grade novel about courage, hope, and resilience as an Asian American boy fights to keep his family together and stand up to racism during the initial outbreak of the coronavirus.


By Hena Khan

3/9/21| ISBN 9781534459885 | Ages 8-12

In the companion novel to the beloved and award-winning Amina’s Voice, Amina once again uses her voice to bridge the places, people, and communities she loves—this time across continents.


Gripping Young Adult reads by and about Asian-Americans



By Rebecca Kim Wells

5/24/22 | ISBN 9781534474383 | Ages 12 and up

Frankly in Love meets Shark Tank in this feel-good romantic comedy about two entrepreneurial Korean American teens who butt heads—and maybe fall in love—while running competing Korean beauty businesses at their high school.


By Jessica Jung

5/10/22| ISBN 9781534462540 | Ages 14 and up

The sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller ShineCrazy Rich Asians meets Gossip Girl in this knockout series from Jessica Jung, K-pop legend, fashion icon, and founder of the international luxury brand, Blanc & Eclare.

SHINE Paperback

By Jessica Jung

5/10/22 | ISBN 9781534462526 | Ages 14 and up

Crazy Rich Asians meets Gossip Girl by way of Jenny Han in this knockout debut about a Korean American teen who is thrust into the competitive, technicolor world of K-pop, from Jessica Jung, K-pop legend and former lead singer of one of the most influential K-pop girl groups of all time, Girls’ Generation.

asian american books


By Hanna Alkaf

4/19/22 | ISBN 9781534494558 | Ages 12 and up

They Wish They Were Us meets The Queen’s Gambit in the world of competitive Scrabble when a teen girl is forced to investigate the mysterious death of her best friend a year after the fact when her Instagram comes back to life with cryptic posts and messages.


By Bethany Mangle

2/15/22 | ISBN 9781534499034 | Ages 14 and up

The Bachelor meets Gilmore Girls in this laugh-out-loud young adult romance about a girl who joins her mother on a reality dating show for single parents—only to fall for a contestant’s son.

asian american books


By Loan Le

date| ISBN 9781534441941| Ages 12 and up

When Dimple Met Rishi meets Ugly Delicious in this funny, smart romantic comedy, in which two Vietnamese American teens fall in love and must navigate their newfound relationship amid their families’ age-old feud about their competing, neighboring restaurants.


By Chloe Gong

11/16/21| ISBN 9781534457720 | Ages 14 and up

Shanghai is under siege in this captivating and searingly romantic sequel to These Violent Delights, which New York Times bestselling author Natasha Ngan calls “deliciously dark.”


By Rebecca Kim Wells

11/16/21 | ISBN 9781534488427 | Ages 14 and up

The Cruel Prince meets A Curse So Dark and Lonely in this epic reimagining of “The Sleeping Beauty” that follows a teen girl on a quest to wake a sleeping princess in an enchanted forest, while searching for the truth behind her own deadly curse.


By Gloria Chao

11/09/21 | ISBN 9781534462465 | Ages 12 and up

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before meets The Farewell in this “entertaining and nuanced” (Kirkus Reviews) romantic comedy about a college student who hires a fake boyfriend to appease her traditional Taiwanese parents, to disastrous results, from the acclaimed author of American Panda.


By Rebecca Kim Wells

11/02/21| ISBN 9781534454484 | Ages 14 and up

Maren and her girlfriend Kaia set out to rescue Sev and free the dragons from the corrupt emperor in the explosive finale to the journey that began with Shatter the Sky.

Native American Dancers at Niagara Falls

native american dancersThese beautiful dancers preformed songs, played instruments, and sang songs native to their tribes as we sat enraptured.  The Nations we had the joy to watch explored their love and connection with nature via music and movement.  I have posted several videos on Vine and Instagram, I hope you follow along to see the performances for yourself, they are a rare treat.

[Read more…]

Little Pim – Language Fun For Kids

With school starting up, parents and kids everywhere are looking for that slight edge to bring their kids from middle of the class to top of the class. It is a fact that children who learn foreign languages early in life have a much easier time learning new languages later on in life. With this in mind, we have Little Pim. This cute little panda helps kids learn languages like Chinese, Spanish, Italian, German, English, French, Japanese, Arabic, Russian, Hebrew, and Portuguese. Little Pim teaches children not by associated words with translations or drills, but with actions and sounds, so kids don’t have to translate to learn- they just learn.

This way, instead of memorizing one word, they memorize strings of actions, where the words are simply the building blocks to the underlying concepts. Pim is a blast for kids, it is so much fun Little Man actually asks to watch on a regular basis. If it is good enough to be requested instead of assigned, that is pretty good in our house, especially for something educational.

Little Pim is also the winner of 10 top consumer awards for his educational DVDs. Pimis now available as a digital download as well. So now Pim can be everywhere you are! Pim is even available as an app on the iPad and is the winner of the 2012 National Parenting Center Seal of Approval.

About Little Pim:

Little Pim is an award-winning foreign language learning program for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Between birth and the age of six, the human brain is hard-wired for language learning, and Little Pim helps families take advantage of this brief window, by making language learning easy, fun [Read more…]

Hanging Out with @ZylieTheBear in Central Park at #OasisDayCamps (AND #Win a Bear!)

Me and my Little spent the morning in Central Park with the makers of Zylie the Bear and Oasis Day Camp (where my son attended camp for a month this summer). The kids had a great time playing together, with lots of activities planned and of course- meeting and learning about the guest of honor- Zylie!

Zylie is a bear after my own heart- she likes to travel 🙂 Zylie the Bear, an innovative new teddy bear line that is all about fashion and adventure, has a silly little brother, likes to learn, visits a museum, and has a Panda friend from China named Shen. In her first book, which was read in parts to the kids, we learn about Zylie and what makes her so much fun. The kids, both boys and girls alike, had a great time hearing her story and playing with the bears. Then, all the “little campers” had a morning of recreational and creative [Read more…]