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Celebrate Asian American & Pacific Islander heritage with these books for kids

This month, University Book Store highlights a selection of award-winning titles by Asian-American and Pacific Islander authors — including the Caldecott, John Newbery Medal, and Children's Literature Award — perfect for all young readers!


A Different Pond
By Bao Phi and Thi Bui​
Ages 6-8

A story about the relationship between father, son and their different cultures. Every morning, Bao and his father wake up early to fish in a small pond in Minneapolis. Bao's father tells him about a different pond in Vietnam.

Where's Halmoni?
By Julie Kim
Ages 5-9
Two young children visit Halmoni (grandmother in Korean), only to discover she’s missing. The siblings venture through a window into a fantastical world occupied by goblins, a greedy tiger, a clever rabbit, and a wily fox, all inspired by Korean folklore.

Front Desk
By Kelly Yang
Ages 8-12

Mia Tang lives in a motel and tends to its guests, including immigrants her parents hide in vacant rooms. Can Mia balance her job, help the immigrants and guests, escape mean Mr. Yao, and go for her dreams?

Hello, Universe
By Erin Entrada Kelly and Isabel Roxas
Ages 8-12
A prank leaves Virgil and his pet guinea pig trapped at the bottom of a well, which leads Kaori, Gen and Valencia on an epic quest to find the missing Virgil, and along the way, their inner bayani (hero).

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