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Celebrate Asian Heritage Month with These 7 Children’s Books

May 8, 2021
Preschool kids play with building bricks in while sitting on floor in daycare

May is Asian Heritage Month and books and stories are a great way for children to learn about different people, cultures and families. Here are 7 books for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers written by authors of Asian descent with themes we can all relate to – feeling loved and connected, showing love and of course loving food!

Bilal Cooks Daal by Aisha Saeed

Picture book for preschoolers, Bilal Cooks Daal by Aisha Saeed

Daal is a delicious dish most often eaten in South Asian countries like India and Pakistan. In this story, Bilal prepares and enjoys Daal with his friends! Read along to Bilal Cooks Daal by Aisha Saeed – Aisha shares a recipe for Daal at the end of the book.

Lovely by Jess Hong

The picture book Lovely by Jess Hong for infants to preschoolers

Jess Hong is both the author and illustrator of Lovely and she shows us that lovely is so many different things! Read along to Lovely by Jess Hong.

I Really Want to See You Grandma by Taro Gomi

I Really Want to See You, Grandma by Taro Gomi for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Taro Gomi is a Japanese children’s book author who has published over 400 books in Japan! Many of his books have been written in or translated to English – including I Really Want to See You Grandma. This is a story about a child and grandmother racing to see each other – only to miss each other on the way. Read along to I Really Want to See You Grandma by Taro Gomi.

A Gift for Amma by Meera Sriram

A Gift for Amma by Meera Sriram, a picture book for Preschoolers

Meera Siriam wrote A Gift for Amma based on one of her favourite childhood memories while growing up in Chennai, India. A young girl experiences the beautiful smells and colours as she explores the market for a gift for her Amma (mom). This great book of colours also introduces lots of new vocabulary. Read along to A Gift for Amma by Meera Sriram.

We Say Goodnight by Salina Yoon

We Say Goodnight is one of almost 200 books written/illustrated by Salina Yoon! This board book is filled with seven different languages on how to say goodnight. Find out more about We Say Goodnight.

Soup Day by Melissa Iwai

Board book for infants to preschoolers, Soup Day by Melissa Iwai

From collecting the ingredients to playing while it simmers, Soup Day is about making a delicious soup! Melissa Iwai is both the author and illustrator of this story – and has illustrated over 30 children’s books! Read along to Soup Day by Melissa Iwai – Melissa even shares a soup recipe at the end.

Bee-Bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park

Toddler and preschooler picture book, Bee-Bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park

Bibimbap is a delicious dish that originated in Korea. Bee-bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park is a story about enjoying time together as a family while making (and eating!) this yummy dish! Read along to Bee-bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park.

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