Beginning Readers by Asian American and Pacific Islander Authors & Illustrators

Astrid and Apollo and the Starry Campout Cover Image
By V. T. Bidania, Dara Lashia Lee (Illustrator)
$6.95
ISBN: 9781515861317
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Published: Picture Window Books - August 1st, 2020

Astrid is afraid of the dark and doesn't want to go on her family camping trip. But her twin brother, Apollo, is excited. When they encounter scary things such as crawly bugs and the creepy dark, Apollo helps his twin through them. And when they encounter the scariest thing of all, Astrid might just be the one to save the starry campout.


Nina Soni, Former Best Friend Cover Image
By Kashmira Sheth, Jenn Kocsmiersky (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781682632055
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Published: Peachtree Publishing Company - October 1st, 2020

Meet Nina Soni

An #OwnVoices chapter book series starring a lovable, distractible Indian-American girl and her family and friends. Great for STEAM-themed read-alouds.

"A sweet and entertaining series opener about family and friendship." --Kirkus Reviews


The Year of the Book (An Anna Wang novel #1) Cover Image
By Andrea Cheng, Abigail Halpin (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780544022638
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Published: Clarion Books - May 7th, 2013

A novel to treasure with every middle-grade reader you know (NYTBR), this first Anna Wang story shows how a young Asian-American girl navigates her way around friendship and learn to accept that our diversity is what makes us unique.

In Chinese, peng you means friend.


Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things Cover Image
By Lenore Look, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780375849305
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Published: Yearling - May 12th, 2009

The first book in a hilarious chapter book series that tackles anxiety in a fun, kid-friendly way. Perfect for both beginning and reluctant readers, and fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid!


Ling & Ting: Twice as Silly Cover Image
$4.99
ISBN: 9780316184038
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Published: LB Kids - October 6th, 2015

Ling and Ting like to be silly in the fourth book in this irresistible early reader series.


Book Uncle and Me Cover Image
By Uma Krishnaswami, Julianna Swaney (Illustrator)
$8.95
ISBN: 9781554988099
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Published: Groundwood Books - August 7th, 2018

Every day, nine-year-old Yasmin borrows a book from Book Uncle, a retired teacher who has set up a free lending library on the street corner. But when the mayor tries to shut down the rickety bookstand, Yasmin has to take her nose out of her book and do something.

What can she do? The local elections are coming up, but she's just a kid. She can't even vote


Meet Yasmin! Cover Image
By Saadia Faruqi, Hatem Aly (Illustrator)
$5.95
ISBN: 9781684360222
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Published: Picture Window Books - August 1st, 2018

Meet Yasmin Yasmin is a spirited second-grader who's always on the lookout for those "aha" moments to help her solve life's little problems.


Jasmine Toguchi, Drummer Girl Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780374308360
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - April 3rd, 2018

*A fun activity included in every book!*

A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2018

A CYBILS Easy Reader and Early Chapter Book Award Winner


Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business Cover Image
By Lyla Lee, Dung Ho (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781534440074
Availability: Backordered
Published: Aladdin - January 14th, 2020

Fresh Off the Boat meets Junie B. Jones in this first novel in an adorable new chapter book series about Mindy Kim, a young Asian American girl who is starting a snack business!

Mindy Kim just wants three things:
1. A puppy!
2. To fit in at her new school
3.