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In honor of Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, I’m excited to share a list of wonderful new (and new-to-be-discovered) picture books that celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander stories and culture. As in all facets of media, representation is important, and so is cultivating a diverse reading library for your child. With the uptick in hate crimes against this community, there has never been a better time to support Asian and Pacific Islander businesses, and buying books with strong AAPI characters is a perfect way to do that.
These beautifully illustrated AAPI children’s books feature Asian and Pacific Islander characters and stories, and would make a great addition to your library.
A version of this story was published May 3, 2021. It has been updated.