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10 age-appropriate books for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (and every month!)

In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage (AAPI) Month, the Greater Austin Reading Coalition and Success By Six Coalition are excited to share 10 age-appropriate, children’s books that reflect the rich diversity of AAPI culture. These coalitions — convened by United Way for Greater Austin — work hard to make sure that all local children and families have access to books, especially books that illustrate the diversity of our community and that children can see themselves, their families, and their culture depicted in. 

Many of the books listed below are available to check out at your local library or in audio form on YouTube! 


Five books for babies to toddlers (ages 0-4)

Book cover for Hot Pot Night

“Hot Pot Night!” by Vincent Chen 

“I am Golden” by Eva Chen, Illustrated by Sophie Diao

Book cover for Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao

“Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao” by Kat Zhang, Illustrated by Charlene Chua 

Book cover for My First Chinese New Year

“My First Chinese New Year” by Karen Katz

Book cover for Moana

“Moana” by Disney


Five books for young readers (ages 5-9) 

Book cover for the Proudest Blue

“The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family” by Ibtihaj Muhammad with S.K. Ali, Illustrated by Hatem Aly 

“The Most Beautiful Thing” by Kao Kalia Yang, Illustrated by Khoa Le

Book Cover for Asian-Americans Who Inspire Us

“Asian-Americans Who Inspire Us” by Analiza Quiroz Wolf with Michael Franco

Book Cover for Eyes that Kiss in the Corners

“Eyes that Kiss in the Corners” by Joanna Ho, Illustrated by Dung Ho

Book cover for Ohana Means Family

“Ohana Means Family” by Ilima Loomis, Illustrated by Kenard Pak


Ensuring that all kids are happy, healthy, and ready to succeed in school and beyond is critical to breaking the cycle of poverty in our community. We know that getting more books in the hands of young readers will help. Learn more about how the Success By Six Coalition and the Greater Austin Reading Coalition are bringing together people, ideas, and resources to do just that! 

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