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Asian-American Stories

With more land, people, and voices than any other continent, Asia has an especially colorful literary presence. Explore these resonant stories.
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by Minfong Ho Illustrated by Holly Meade
This endearing book contains a Thai lullaby which asks animals such as a lizard, monkey, and water buffalo to be quiet and not disturb the sleeping baby.
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by Cynthia Kadohata
Glittering. That's how Katie Takeshima's sister, Lynn, makes everything seem. The sky is kira-kira because its color is deep but see-through at the same time. The sea is kira-kira for the same reason. And so are people's eyes.
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Lon Po Po
by Ed Young Illustrated by Ed Young
On their grandmother's birthday, three children are left at home when their mother goes to visit her. Little do they know that a hungry wolf is waiting for her to leave. He disguises himself as an old woman and knocks on the door.
Won't they let their grandmother in? The eldest granddaughter, Shang, is fooled.
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Moonbeams, Dumplings, and Dragon Boats
by Nina Simonds , Leslie Swartz Illustrated by Meilo So

Filled with delectable recipes, hands-on family activities, and traditional tales to read aloud, this extraordinary collection will inspire families everywhere to re-create the magic of Chinese holidays in their own homes.

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Roses Sing on New Snow
by Paul Yee Illustrated by Harvey Chan

Maylin cooks delicious meals every day in her father's restaurant, but her lazy brothers take all the credit. One day a contest is held to honor the visiting governor of South China, and Maylin's brothers decide to pass off her cooking as their own.

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The Song of Mu Lan
Mu Lan is at her loom when she hears the Emperor's call to arms. She rides off to war in her father's stead, embarking on a journey of 10,000 miles for ten years. Her courage and valor bring her to the Emperor's attention and to the Golden Court. When offered whatever she wishes as a reward, she asks only to go home.
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Zen Shorts
by Jon J Muth Illustrated by Jon J Muth

Zen Shorts received a Caldecott Honor!

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by Donna Jo Napoli
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Millicent Min, Girl Genius
Series: Millicent Min Trilogy, The, Book #1
by Lisa Yee

Millicent Min is having a bad summer. Her fellow high school students hate her for setting the curve. Her fellow 11-year-olds hate her for going to high school. And her mother has arranged for her to tutor Stanford Wong, the poster boy for Chinese geekdom.

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Monsoon Summer
by Mitali Perkins
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Nine-In-One, Grr! Grr!
by BLIA XIONG , Cathy Spagnoli Illustrated by Nancy Hom
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The Empress and the Silkworm
by Lily Toy Hong
Because of the vision and persistence of the young empress Si Ling-Chi almost 5,000 years ago, the first silk cloth was made. This fictionalized account is retold with pictures as rich and radiant as silk itself.
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