7 Books About Growing Up Asian-American I Wish I’d Had As a Kid

I often have iterations of this conversation with my publishing colleagues, especially now that diverse books are becoming more visible (and hopefully will continue to be so). Reflections of my Asian-American experience were not common in the 90s and early 00’s when I was still in school; when I come across stories now, I think wistfully, “I wish I read this back when I was a kid!”

So I present you a completely personal, completely not comprehensive list of 7 middle grade and young adult books featuring contemporary Asian-American characters. While my heritage is Chinese, the characters here include Taiwanese-American, Korean-American, Indian-American and more—and I found plenty to identify with. The only other thing they have in common is the fact that even if they were published when I was the “right age,” I came to all of these as an adult.

Booklist of Diverse Nonfiction Literature for Young Readers

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The Nonfiction Booklist provides a searchable list of diverse nonfiction titles for young readers. Created and curated by Lauren Causey — and supported by the Carnegie-Whitney Grant from the American Library Association — the list is an invaluable resource for librarians, educators, caretakers, and book lovers of all kinds.

How Will YOU Step It Up?

Contributed to CBC Diversity by Janet Wong

The biggest publishing story of last yearwas diversity: the #WeNeedDiverseBooks movement, the watermelon “joke,”and the way the two overlapped when WNDB’s Indiegogo campaign topped $334,000,thanks to an apology.

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Diversity is the biggest story of this yearso far, too, with the ALSC/CBC collaboration on the Day of Diversity: Dialogue & Action event, which was just held at ALA Midwinter 2015 in Chicago on January 30. I’m eager to see what comes in the next weeks, months, and year from former Executive Director of the CBC Robin Adelson’s challenge: “it’s now time to move from talk to action.” In addition to the Day of Diversity, a session called “Stepping It Up With Action!” was held on February 1 and ALSC will be hosting follow-up community forums and webinars to continue the conversation and make sure everyone is involved in action steps.

How do you plan to step it up? What kind of action would you like to see?

sdiaz101:
“ A growing list of YA books about mental health and so much more. (via Bibliotherapy for Teens: Helpful Tips and Recommended Fiction | School Library Journal)
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Also see Yolanda Scott’s great post on childhood anxiety, which includes a...

sdiaz101:

A growing list of YA books about mental health and so much more. (via Bibliotherapy for Teens: Helpful Tips and Recommended Fiction | School Library Journal)

Also see Yolanda Scott’s great post on childhood anxiety, which includes a list of picture books that deals with the subject.

Via: sdiaz101

Source: slj.com

weneeddiversebooks:
“ Diverse middle grade recommendations? We have those too! Just follow the arrows to what you love for a perfect read!
Here’s another fantastic flowchart designed by WNDB team member Tracey López.
Sports?
1. Kick by Walter Dean...

weneeddiversebooks:

Diverse middle grade recommendations? We have those too! Just follow the arrows to what you love for a perfect read! 

Here’s another fantastic flowchart designed by WNDB team member Tracey López. 

Sports?

1. Kick by Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman

2. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Realistic Fiction?

1.The Trouble with Half a Moon by Danette Vigilante

2.Rain is not my Indian Name by Cynthia Leitich Smith

3. Confetti Girl by Diana Lopez

Action or Horror?

1.Skeleton Man by Joseph Bruchac

2. The Monster in the Mudball by S. P. Gates

3. How I became a Ghost by Tim Tingle

4. Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress by Sarwat Chadda

Funny?

1.My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula J. Freedman

2. Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle

3. The Great Green Heist by Varian Johnson

Adventure & Vicarious Travels?

1. Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin

2. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia

3. A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

Fantasy?

1. Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes

2. Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

3. The Menagerie by Tui and Kari Sutherland

4. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Graphic Novels?

1.El Deafo by Cece Bell

2.Little White Duck by Andres Vera Martinez

3.Drama by Raina Telgemeier

4. The Popularity Papers by Amy Ignatow

5. Hereville: How Mirka got her Sword by Barry Deutsch

Dystopian & Sci-Fi?

1. Geeks, Girls and Secret Identities by Mike Jung

2. Galaxy Games by Greg Fishbone

3. Chronal Engine by Greg Leitich Smith

4. The Boy at the End of the World by Greg van Eekhout

5. Ambassador by William Alexander

No?

Then check out these picks selected by the WNDB Team!

1. The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Shang

2. Eighth-Grade Superzero by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

3. Hold Fast by Blue Balliett

4. The Problem with Being Slightly Heroic by Uma Krishnaswami

Via: weneeddiversebooks

The CBC Diversity initiative was founded in 2012, as part of the Children’s Book Council’s commitment to promoting diverse voices in literature for young people.