Menu

Books by Theme

Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage

A good book can open a child’s eyes to new places, new customs. From family stories (Grandfather’s Journey) to food (Bee-Bim Bop!) to folktales (Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story): discover the rich culture, humor and traditions of Japan, Korea, China, the Philippines, Vietnam and Hawaii in these beautifully-told stories.
Quotable Quotes: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss

Bee-Bim Bop!

By: Linda Sue Park
Illustrated by: Ho Baek Lee
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

What's better than just eating a favorite dish? Anticipating it while preparing it, of course! Rhythmic, rhyming language and playful illustrations capture the joy of making this special Korean dish — and the joy of sharing it.
Country of origin: Korea

Froggy Goes to Hawaii

By: Jonathan London
Illustrated by: Frank Remkiewicz
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Once you've joined Froggy and his family on their Hawaiian vacation, find out more about what many have called a tropical paradise in the Pacific Ocean. You can read about the geography of the Aloha State in Hawaii.
Country of origin: Hawaii, USA

Grandfather's Journey

By: Allen Say
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A young man travels from his native Japan to the vast country called America before returning to visit his home with his bride. The exquisite watercolors give the appearance of a family photo album as it relates this autobiographical but universal story of immigration.
Country of origin: Japan

Lakas and the Makibaka Hotel/Si Lakas at ang Makibaka Hotel

By: Anthony Robles
Illustrated by: Carl Angel
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

This engaging story of how one community comes together to save their home is told in English and in Tagalog. Bright illustrations help move the story of successful resistance along while conveying a bit of Filipino history and culture.
Country of origin: Philippines

The Green Frogs: A Korean Folktale

By: Yumi Heo
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Have you wondered why frogs croak on the edge of streams? It all started long ago with two disobedient frog brothers who decided to obey their long-suffering mother only after her death. Humor and grimness combine for a memorable Korean pourquoi tale.
Country of origin: Korea

The Seven Chinese Sisters

By: Kathy Tucker
Illustrated by: Grace Lin
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Sisters each use their special talent while working together to save the sister who was snatched by a not-too-scary dragon. Uncluttered illustrations add detail to the crisply told original tale likely inspired by a Chinese folktale.
Country of origin: China

Toad Is the Uncle of Heaven: A Vietnamese Folktale

By: Jeanne Lee
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

The small toad, with the help of other animals, gets the attention of the Emperor of Heaven to end Earth's drought before all is destroyed. There is humor in this colorfully illustrated, respectful retelling of a traditional folktale.
Country of origin: Vietnam

Tuko and the Birds: A Tale from the Philippines

By: Shirley Climo
Illustrated by: Francisco Mora
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Birds sing the people of Maynilad on the Philippine island of Luzon to sleep at night — until Tuko the haughty gecko prevents the birds from doing their job. Repetition and onomatopoeic animal sounds make this a lively, memorable folktale to share aloud. Tagalog is sprinkled throughout and is included in a glossary.
Country of origin: Philippines

Wabi Sabi

By: Mark Reibstein
Illustrated by: Ed Young
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Lyrical text and rich collage illustrations combine to tell the story of a brown cat named Wabi Sabi as he discovers the meaning of his name. As Wabi Sabi's journey unfolds so, too, does the reader's understanding of Japanese culture and sensibility.
Country of origin: Japan

Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China

By: Ai-Ling Louie, Ed Young
Illustrated by: Ed Young
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Based on an ancient Chinese story (which pre-dates European versions), a girl overcomes her wicked stepmother to marry the prince. Jewel-like illustrations by Caldecott medalist Ed Young bring this variation of the classic tale to life.
Country of origin: China

Proceeds from the sale of books purchased at Amazon.com help support the Reading Rockets project. Thank you!

Sign up for our free newsletters about reading

Summer Reading Tips to Go! Delivered to your mobile phone in English or Spanish. Sign up today!
Advertisement
Reading Blogs
Maria Salvadore
Maria Salvadore
July 10, 2014
June 24, 2014
Start with a Book: Read. Talk. Explore.

Summer Reading Tips to Go! Delivered to your mobile phone in English or Spanish. Sign up today!
"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." — Frederick Douglass