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YA titles celebrating AAPI Heritage!

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPI for short). Celebrating the cultural heritage of over 75 countries, AAPI Heritage Month encompasses a wide swath of our fellow Americans. There are hundreds of great titles, both physical books and e-books, so stop by the Teen Room, click on the book covers in our gallery below or check out our new online catalog!

Poster for AAPI Heritage Month

If you want to learn more about AAPI Heritage Month, please follow the links at the bottom of this blog post to access online resources and watch videos that feature Asian American and Pacific

Islanders voices.

These YA titles can be found in the Teen Room collection, by clicking on the book cover or through our catalog.

Graphic Novels:


Online Resources:

  •  Kanopy is streaming service that offers free access to library card holders. On Kanopy you will find an impressive lineup of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage films. Immerse yourself in the rich stories that highlight the diverse experiences, traditions, and histories of the AAPI community. From heartwarming dramas to eye-opening documentaries, there’s something for everyone. Grab your popcorn and start streaming now to celebrate and appreciate the incredible contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the world of cinema.

  • PBS Voices: A People's History of Asian America. "A People’s History of Asian America is a series of thoughtful visual essays and explainers, hosted by Asian studies scholar and poet, Dr. Adrian De Leon, and Emmy award-winning journalist, Dolly Li. Each episode seeks to enlighten the American public by unpacking big questions that complicate/humanize the Asian narrative in America."

  • What Does It Mean to Be An American? "In this video, young Asian Americans share reflections on their identities and the challenges they face. The discussion was filmed in 2022 during the COVID-19 pandemic and a rise in anti-Asian hate crimes and hate incidents in the United States."

Great Big Story: Celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month With Us. "May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, and we’ve got a reel full of celebration. Travel from Hawaii to New York City to meet a hula champion living out a childhood dream, a rapper challenging stereotypes, and performers keeping a Tang Dynasty-era tradition alive."


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