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7 Children’s Books Celebrating Asian Authors, Stories and Cultures

May 10, 2023
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Picture books are a great way for children to learn about cultures as well as celebrate themselves and their family. These 7 books are 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

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. At the end of this video, Aisha shares a recipe for Daal!

Lovely by Jess Hong

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

I Really Want to See You Grandma by Taro Gomi

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.

A Gift for Amma by Meera Sriram

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.

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! Melissa even shares a soup recipe at the end of this video.

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.

Eyes that Kiss in the Corners by Johanna Ho

Growing up, never seeing herself in books, author Joanna Ho wrote this story so every child can see the beauty and power that they hold.

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