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YA & Children’s books with Asian characters

Books with Asian main characters

Asian writers books

Below is a list to recognize the stories about Asian lives and Asian characters. Stories range from children to young adult readers. You can discover picture books with Asian characters and novels for teens.

INFANT-PRESCHOOL READERS

My Love for You is Always by Gillian Sze

Bee-Bim Bop! Linda Sue Park

Binny’s Diwali by Thirty Umrigar

Laxmi’s Mooch by Shelly Anand

Tomatoes for Neela by Padma Lakshmi

The Colors of Tết / Màu của Tết Bilingual Vietnamese English Book by Tiny Wrist

Green and Preen: A Broken Crayon Cosmic Adventure by Linda Sue Park

One Hug by Katrina Moore


5-8 YEARS OLD, PRIMARY READERS

Words to Make a Friend: A Story in Japanese and English by Donna Jo Napoli

Two girls become friends despite not speaking the same language.

The Legend of Auntie Po by Shing Yin Khor

The Fearless Flights of Hazel Ying Lee by Julie Leung

What I See: Anti-Asian Racism From The Eyes Of A Child by Christine T Leung

Friends in the Mail by Fran Manushkin

Katie Woo’s Neighborhood Series

How to Cath a Dragon by Adam Wallace
Spring Festival or Chinese New Year Celebration

BIOGRAPHY

Be Water, My Friend: The Early Years of Bruce Lee by Ken Mochizuki

Honda: The Boy Who Dreamed of Cars by Weston


8-12, MIDDLE GRADE READERS

FICTION


The Many Meanings of Meilan by Andrea Wang her identity about being Chinese-American

How to Win a Slime War by Mae Respicio https://www.maerespicio.com/

Stargazing by Jen Wang

Generation Misfits by Akemi Dawn Bowman

We Belong by Cookie Hiponia
The main characters are from the Philippines. Story of fitting into a new culture and other experiences.

Room to Dream by Kelly Yang

Amal Abound by Aisha Saeed

Unsettled by Reem Faruqi

Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang
Graphic Novel about a basketball allstar

HISTORICAL FICTION

Soul Lanterns by Shaw Kuzki

A Song for Cambodia by Lord


13+, YA READERS

Not Here to Be Liked by Michelle Quach

The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim

A Taste for Love by Jennifer Yen

Finding Junie Kim by Ellen Oh

They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, graphic memoir

Everything Sad Is Untrue: (a true story) by Daniel Nayeri
An autobiographical novel about an Iranian Refugee; National Indie Bestseller