Asian Heritage Month

There is no better way to celebrate than through great books that centre Asian lives and experiences. Dive in!

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In Joanna Ho’s true classic style, she creates a poetic ode that celebrates Asian American communities and their history. We Who Produce Pearls, is an anthem for Asian America that celebrates the richness and...
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Can two kids save the world and work their family food truck? First-generation Filipino siblings JJ and Althea struggle to belong at school. JJ wants to fit in with the crowd, while Althea wants to be accepted as she is. To make matters worse, they...
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Pick a book. Grow a Reader!This series is part of Scholastic’s early chapter book line, Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confi...
By Frieda Wishinsky, Illustrated by Ruth Ohi
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Eve Bloom doesn’t like being taunted at school for being a newcomer. This is her home. When Eve notices the same children bullying Mark Nakamura for his Japanese culture, she jumps in to defend him. A fast friendship forms, built on shared stories, loyalty and laughter.
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Abandoned on the Mumbai railways, Ajay has grown up with nothing but a burning wish to be a journalist. And after finding an abandoned printing press, his dreams might just come true. But when he and his friends Saif, Vinod, Yasmin and Jai create their own newspaper, The Mu...
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How many problems can a delicious cup of bubble tea cause? Plenty, if you’re Chloe Wong. For starters, Chloe wants to go on the class trip to Broadway -- an expense Chloe’s not sure she and her dad can afford since her mom passed away -- and those yummy cups of boba cost m...
Mia Tang is going for her dreams! After years of hard work, Mia Tang finally gets to go on vacation with her family -- to China! A total dream come true! Mia can't wait to see all her cousins and grandparents again, especially her cousin Shen. As she roam...
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Award Winner
In this exploration of what it truly means to swim, expansive vignettes introduce sandpipers, tannin-soaked lakes, and the feeling of a small waterfall on sun-soaked shoulders. But what about those who are afraid of the water’s mysterious ways and resist learning to swim? Paint...
A DREAM TRIP TO AMERICA TURNS INTO A NIGHTMARE!Feng-Li can't wait to discover America with her family! But after an action-packed vacation, her parents deliver shocking news: They are returning to Taiwan and leaving Feng-Li and her older siblings in Californi...
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Commended
Pick a book. Grow a Reader!This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line, Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confide...
RI Racialized Identities
Commended
Pick a book. Grow a Reader!This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line, Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confide...
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Ashar is busy with the ice hockey team, studying to get into the best school, and hanging out with his friends.Shaheer and his father are always moving, following his dad's jobs. Shaheer has given up hope of finding a place where he can put down roots,...
Pinki never expected to be the leader of the resistance -- in fact, she’s gone on record spitting at the idea. But as domination and persecution of rakkosh continues, she summons her courage for a triumphant return to reluctant leadership in this thrilling sequel....
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Mia Tang is play to win! The Women’s World Cup is coming to Southern California, and everyone has soccer fever—especially Mia Tang! The U.S. team is playing China in the finals, and Mia feels like her two identities are finally coming together. But wh...
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“A captivating middle-grade gem.” — The New York Times Book Review “Funny, relatable, and genuine.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review “Captures every nuanced emotion.” — School Libr...
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There in the mirror, I see a shining star.My mother’s joy, my father’s pride.And then I see something else:I see me.Divya is scared to put on the bindi for the first time. What if she gets made fun of? What will it feel like? But ...
By Elizabeth MacLeod, Illustrated by Mike Deas
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Shortlisted
The award-winning Scholastic Canada Biography series highlights the lives of remarkable Canadians whose achievements have inspired and changed the lives of those who followed.As a young boy, David Suzuki loved spending time in the glorious British Columbia outdoors with...
By Nadia Shammas, Illustrated by Nabi H. Ali
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Kamala Khan (a.k.a Ms. Marvel) is stretched too thin-literally. She's having a hard time balancing schoolwork with being a good friend, being there for her family, becoming the best fanfic writer this side of the Hudson River ... and, you know, becoming a Super Hero. She's tir...
Anna Chiu has her hands full. When she's not looking after her brother and sister or helping out at her father's restaurant, she's taking care of her mother, whose debilitating mental illness keeps her in bed most days. Her father's new delivery boy, Rory, is a welcome distrac...
Mia Tang thinks she's going to have the best year ever.She and her parents are the proud owners of the Calivista Motel, Mia gets to run the front desk with her best friend, Lupe, and she's finally getting somewhere with her writing!But as it turns out, sixth grade...
Pinki hails from a long line of rakkhosh resisters, demons who have spent years building interspecies relationships, working together to achieve their goal of overthrowing the snakey oppressors and taking back their rights. But she has more important things to worry about, like m...
Nelson's a nerd. Unfit, uncool . . . totally awkward! But when he wakes up on his tenth birthday, he discovers he's a NINJA!THE LAST NINJA ON EARTH!How's he going to SAVE THE WORLD when he can't even get his undies on the right way?
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Travel to the colourful and chaotic streets of India from the comfort of your home in this hilarious and heartfelt story about friendship and family.When aspiring photographer Dylan Moore is invited to join his best friend, Rohit Lal, on a family vacation to India, h...
By Muon Thi Van, Illustrated by Victo Ngai
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Wishes tells the powerful, honest story about one Vietnamese family's search for a new home on the other side of the world, and the long-lasting and powerful impact that makes on one of the youngest members of the family. Inspired by actual events in the author's life, ...
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Fight for love. Fight for family. Fight for yourself.Seventeen-year-old Rukhsana Ali has always been fascinated by the universe around her and the laws of physics that keep everything in order. But her life at home isn't so absolute.Unable to com...
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Winner of the Asian / Pacific American Award for Children's Literature!* "Many readers will recognize themselves or their neighbors in these pages." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred reviewMia Tang has a lot of secrets.Number 1: She lives in a motel...

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