May is Asian Heritage Month – an opportunity for all Canadians to learn more about the many achievements and contributions of Canadians of Asian descent who, throughout our history, have done so much to make Canada the amazing country we share today. In honour of Asian Heritage Month, this week’s BWG Picks is highlighting children’s books – both picture books and chapter books - that feature Asian voices.
Stand up, Yumi Chung! by Kim, Jessica
When eleven-year-old Yumi Chung stumbles into a kids' comedy camp she is mistaken for another student, so she decides to play the part.
Room to Dream by Kelly Yang
While visiting family in China, Mia Tang witnesses some of the big changes the country is going through, which makes her think about the changes in her own life that need to be dealt with.
Lalani of the distant sea by Erin Entrada Kelly
12-year-old Lalani takes on the impossible task of traveling to the legendary Mount Isa. Generations of men and boys have died on the same quest--how can a timid young girl in a tiny boat survive the epic tests of the archipelago?
I am golden by Chen, Eva
This moving ode to the immigrant experience, as well as a manifesto of self-love for Chinese American children, is a jubilant celebration of accepting who you are.
Thao by Thao Lam
Thao is tired of her name being mispronounced all the time and decides to call herself Jennifer.