Picture Books for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Juna's JarJuna's Jar

By Jane Bahk (author) and Felicia Hoshino (illustrator)

Juna and Hector love to play in the park, finding rocks, sticks, and critters to put in Juna's kimchi jar. When Hector moves away without saying goodbye, Juna goes on a magical adventure to look for him.

 

AbadehaAbadeha

By Myrna J. De La Paz (retold by) and Youshan Tang (illustrator)

Myrna De La Paz beautifully retells the story of Abadeha, the Phillipine Cinderella. Abadeha's cruel step-mother mistreats her, making her work all day long and even cooking her beloved pet chicken. With a little help from the Spirit of the Forest, Abadeha is able to avoid her stepmother's wrath and marry the son of the island's chief.

 

Ganesha's Sweet ToothGanesha's Sweet Tooth

By Sanjay Patel (author and illustrator) and Emily Haynes (author)

Pixar animator Sanjay Patel's vibrant illustrations accompany this lively tale of the Hindu god Ganesha. Ganesha may have the head of an elephant and ride around on a magical mouse, but just like other children, he loves sweets. When he breaks his tooth on a rock-hard laddoo, he's terribly upset. That is, until the poet Vyasa shows him a use for his broken tooth.

 

How My Parents Learned to EatHow My Parents Learned to Eat

By Ina R. Friedman (author) and Allen Say (Illustrator)​

"At our house, some days we eat with chopsticks and some days we eat with knives and forks," says a little girl. She tells us the story of her parents, John and Aiko, who meet when John is stationed in Yokohama. John and Aiko love to walk and talk, but he is afraid to ask her to dinner because he doesn't know how to use chopsticks. She too is afraid, because she doesn't know how to use a knife and fork. John and Aiko each decide to surprise each other by learning the other's way of eating. Acclaimed illustrator Allen Say, who grew up on Yokohama, brilliantly captures the ambiance of the city and provides the perfect complement to Friedman's funny and endearing story.