Books by Asian American and Pacific Islander Authors

Books by Asian American and Pacific Islander Authors

As book publishers expand their lists of children's books, they are diversifying characters, settings, and storylines to reflect the real world. May spotlights Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage. This month helps raise awareness of our diverse population and is the perfect time for educators and families to review their library collections for inclusivity. A broad palette of cultures and humanity diversifies children's concept of similarity and difference. It also allows children to see both someone like themselves and someone unlike themselves in the pages of a book. Research shows that reading fiction, in particular, fosters “empathy, theory of mind, and critical thinking.” When reviewing titles in your children’s collections, try to balance fiction and nonfiction titles for the greatest benefits.

As always, before sharing a book with children, read through the text to ensure the content matches your children’s emotional and cognitive developmental level. Not every book will be right for every child. If you’re looking for additional book suggestions, ask the children’s librarian at your public library or check free online reviews with reputable publications like School Library Journal or Kirkus. In addition, use this guide to assess potential bias in a book.

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