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Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month with Books for Kindergarten - 2nd Graders

Mochi Queen
Florence, Debbi Michiko, author.
Eager to do something her big sister has not done first, Jasmine Toguchi, eight, decides to pound mochi with the men and boys when her family gets together for New Year's.
King For A Day
Khan, Rukhsana, 1962- author.
A Pakistani boy who uses a wheelchair faces down a bully while competing to become the day's "king" by capturing the most kites. An afterword gives more detail about the spring kite festival of Basant that the children are celebrating.
Where's Halmoni?
Kim, Julie J., 1973- author, illustrator.
Searching for their missing grandmother, two Korean children follow tracks into a fantastic world filled with beings from folklore who speak in Korean. Includes translations and information about the folkloric characters.
Book Uncle And Me
Krishnaswami, Uma, 1956- author.
Every day, nine-year-old Yasmin borrows a book from Book Uncle, a retired teacher who has set up a free lending library next to her apartment building. But when the mayor tries to shut down the rickety bookstand, Yasmin has to take her nose out of her book and do something. But what can she do? The local elections are coming up but she's just a kid. She can't even vote! Still, Yasmin has friends -- her best friend, Reeni, and Anil, who even has a black belt in karate. And she has grownup family and neighbors who, no matter how preoccupied they are, care about what goes on in their community. Then Yasmin remembers a story that Book Uncle selected for her. It's an old folktale about a flock of doves trapped in a hunter's net. The birds realize that if they all flap their wings at the same time, they can lift the net and fly to safety, where they seek the help of a friendly mole who chews a hole in the net and sets them free. And so the children get to work, launching a campaign to make sure the voices of the community are heard.
Seven Golden Rings : A Tale Of Music And Math
LaRocca, Rajani, author.
In ancient India, a boy named Bhagat travels to the rajah's city, hoping to ensure his family's prosperity by winning a place at court as a singer. Includes author's note about binary numbers.
Drawn Together
Lê, Minh, 1979- author.
A boy and his grandfather cross a language and cultural barrier using their shared love of art, storytelling, and fantasy.
Mindy Kim And The Yummy Seaweed Business
Lee, Lyla, author.
Mindy Kim wants to fit in at her new school, but her favorite lunch leads to scorn, then a thriving business, and finally big trouble.-- Provided by Publisher.
Paper Son : The Inspiring Story Of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant And Artist
Leung, Julie, author.
"An inspiring picture-book biography of animator Tyrus Wong, the Chinese American immigrant responsible for bringing Disney's Bambi to life. Before he became an artist named Tyrus Wong, he was a boy named Wong Geng Yeo. He traveled across a vast ocean from China to America with only a suitcase and a few papers. Not papers for drawing--which he loved to do--but immigration papers to start a new life. Once in America, Tyrus seized every opportunity to make art, eventually enrolling at an art institute in Los Angeles. Working as a janitor at night, his mop twirled like a paintbrush in his hands. Eventually, he was given the opportunity of a lifetime--and using sparse brushstrokes and soft watercolors, Tyrus created the iconic backgrounds of Bambi."
The Year Of The Dog
Lin, Grace.
Frustrated at her seeming lack of talent for anything, a young Taiwanese American girl sets out to apply the lessons of the Chinese Year of the Dog, those of making best friends and finding oneself, to her own life.
Ling & Ting : Together In All Weather
Lin, Grace, author.
Twin sisters Ling and Ting have fun together playing in all kinds of weather.
Yeh-shen : A Cinderella Story From China
Louie, Ai-Ling.
This version of the Cinderella story, in which a young girl overcomes the wickedness of her stepsister and stepmother to become the bride of a prince, is based on ancient Chinese manuscripts written 1000 years before the earliest European version.
Chef Roy Choi And The Street Food Remix
Martin, Jacqueline Briggs, author.
Describes the popular street cook's life, including working in his family's restaurant as a child, figuring out what he wanted to do with his life, and his success with his food truck and restaurant.
A Different Pond
Phi, Bao, 1975- author.
"As a young boy, Bao Phi awoke early, hours before his father's long workday began, to fish on the shores of a small pond in Minneapolis. Unlike many other anglers, Bao and his father fished for food, not recreation. Between hope-filled casts, Bao's father told him about a different pond in their homeland of Vietnam"-- Provided by publisher.
The Paper Kingdom
Rhee, Helena Ku, author.
Accompanying his parents to their night-shift jobs as office cleaners, young Daniel reluctantly joins in as they use their imaginations to transform the deserted building into a magnificent paper kingdom where he might one day rule.
Say, Allen.
When Allison realizes that she looks more like her favorite doll than like her parents, she comes to terms with this unwelcome discovery through the help of a stray cat.
Ten Cents A Pound / Written By Nhung N. Tran-davies ; Illustrated By Josée Bisaillon.
Tran-Davies, Nhung N., author.
A young girl is torn between her desire to stay home with her family and her desire to go to school and discover the world beyond the mountains that surround them.
Sam Wu Is Not Afraid Of Ghosts
Tsang, Katie, 1987- author.
After an embarrassing incident on his school field trip, Sam is determined to prove that he is not afraid of ghosts.
Ojiichan's Gift
Uegaki, Chieri, author.
"A young girl finds a way to give the gift of a traditional Japanese garden back to her beloved grandfather and accept a difficult change."-- Provided by publisher.
Fish For Jimmy : Based On One Family's Experience In A Japanese American Internment Camp
Yamasaki, Katie.
When brothers Taro and Jimmy and their mother are forced to move from their home in California to a Japanese internment camp in the wake of the 1941 Pearl Harbor bombing, Taro daringly escapes the camp to find fresh fish for his grieving brother.

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