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Recommended Reading

Colorín Colorado celebrates family traditions and the rich diversity of Asian and Pacific Americans with updated booklists, activities, and a variety of resources and ideas for ELL educators. If you're looking for titles for older students, take a look at's APA Heritage booklist for grades 4-12.

Use these resources to start or supplement your school or classroom library.

Sources: Colorín Colorado; Scholastic; Paper Tigers - Pacific Rim Voices

Early Elementary

Surat, Michele Maria. Angel Child, Dragon Child. Raintree Steck-Vaughn, 1983.

Gerstein, Mordicai, The Mountains of Tibet. HarperCollins, 1987.

Yamate, Sandra S. Ashok by Any Other Name. Polychrome Pub., 1991.

Late Elementary

Kinkade, Sheila. Children of the Philippines. Carolrhoda, 1996.

Mochizuki, Ken. Baseball Saved Us. Lee & Low, 1993.

Say, Allen. El Chino. Houghton Mifflin, 1990.

Wong, Li Keng. Good Fortune: My Journey to Gold Mountain. Atlanta: Peachtree Publications, 2006.

Lee, Marie G. F is for Fabuloso. Avon, 1999.

Middle School

Whelan, Gloria. Goodbye Vietnam. Yearling, 1993

Denenberg, Barry. My Name is America: The Journal of Ben Uchida. Scholastic, 1999.

Takaki, Ronald. Spacious Dreams: The First Wave of Asian Immigration. Chelsea, 1994.

Morey, Janet Nomura and Dunn, Wendy. Famous Asian Americans. Cobblehill, 1992.

High School

Mochizuki, Ken. Beacon Hill Boys. Scholastic Press, 2002.

Nam, Vickie. Yell-Oh Girls!. HarperCollins, 2001.

Tam, Amy. The Joy Luck Club. Ballantine Books, 1990.

Uchida, Yoshiko. Picture Bride. University of Washington Press, 1997.

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