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AAPI Heritage Month Reading List


Klara and the sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

Klara, an Artificial Friend, is designed to be a playmate for real children. She waits in a shop, hopeful a customer will choose her, but when the possibility emerges, will she change her circumstances forever? In this luminous tale, Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro looks at our rapidly changing modern world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator to explore the fundamental question: “what does it mean to love?” Check it out!

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

This novel centers on a suburban neighborhood that erupts into conflict when a family decides to adopt a Chinese American baby, sparking a volatile custody battle. As neighboring families take opposing sides, one family becomes obsessed with finding and revealing another’s dark history, but doing so could bring everyone down. Check it out!

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

This novel is a follow up to When the Emperor Was Divine, and tells the story of a group of young women brought from Japan to San Francisco as “picture brides” nearly a century ago. Follow these women through uncertainty, excitement, hardship, motherhood and all the experiences that make this novel a thoroughly captivating experience. Check it out!

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

In this funny debut novel about 3 super rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip and drama that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his American-born Chinese girlfriend to the wedding of the century. Check it out!

A River of Stars: A Novel by Vanessa Hua

Hua’s debut novel is about motherhood, immigration and identity as a pregnant Chinese woman makes her way to California to stake her own claim on the American dream. Check it out!


Stargazing by Jen Wang

In this graphic novel for middle grade readers, Moon is everything Christine isn’t. She’s bold, outspoken, creative and maybe even from another planet! Author Jen Wang draws on her childhood to paint a deeply personal yet wholly relatable friendship story that’s at turns joyful, heart wrenching and full of hope.

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

Dragon Pearl is space opera aimed at upper, middle grade readers, we join 13 year old Min as she searches for her missing brother. Min and her family are all fox spirits, forced into hiding their true nature to keep themselves safe. Will Min be able to embrace her true self in order to save her lost brother and navigate space in this sci-fi adventure heavily influenced by Korean mythology? Check it out!

The Reader by Traci Chee

Check out this young adult novel (available for e-book download on our Libby App), perfect for fans of Inkheart and Shadow and Bone! We join Sefia, on the run in a fantastical world, where everyone is illiterate except a select powerful few. In Sefia’s possession is an item of such great power and magic, that people would literally kill to get it, and it’s up to Sefia and her friends to keep this item safe. What item would hold such power and mystery in a society where no one can read? The Answer is, a Book. Check it out!

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