May is a time for celebrating Asia/Pacific Islander month and a great time to remember the resources we have in other languages. Visit the Fremont Children’s room (or the adult side, too!) for books in Chinese, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Tagalog, Tamil, Urdu, and Vietnamese, as well as languages from other continents!
Also, check out our booklists. Under Kids> then Reading> then Booklists
We have a list of Asian/Pacific Book winners for 2014. We also have other booklists, such as the one that features Characters of Color. Ling and Ting: not exactly the same by Grace Lin, is a well-liked early reader and The Year of the Book: Anna Wang Book 1, by Andrea Cheng is also a popular title. Also there is Inside Out and Back Again by Thanha Lai, about escaping Vietnam and adjusting to live in Alabama while waiting for her family to reunite. And fun series like Ruby Lu and Alvin Ho (both by Lenore Look) and Bindi Babes by Narinder Dhami.
For picture books, there’s:
Red Kite, Blue Kite, by Ji-li Jiang, about a father and son during China’s Cultural Revolution.
and Barbed Wire Baseball (nonfiction), by Marissa Moss, illustrated by Yuko Shimizu. — about the life of Kenichi “Zeni” Zenimura a Japanese-American baseball star who continued to play and form teams when he and his family were forced into internment camp in the US during WWII.
For chapter books, there’s The Vine Basket by Josanne La Valley, about a girl from the Uigur tribal group in China, to The Thing About Luck, about a Japanese-American family in Kansas, by Cynthia Kadohata.
Cynthia Kadohata always provides interesting characters and a good story — from Kira-Kira, about 2 sisters who get on each other’s nerves, but learn to appreciate each other as one battles a serious disease, to Weedflower, historical fiction, about another Japanese family in Kansas after World War II in the US, to Cracker! about a soldier and his trained soldier dog in the Vietnam War. Explore our other titles about kids and their families who are from Korea, Japan, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Vietnam, Thailand, and other parts of the world!