Blogger Jennifer Schultz, Children's Literature (all forms)

Asian American and Pacific Islander Month

In honor of Asian American & Pacific Islander Month, let’s discuss our favorite picture books, novels, poetry, etc that feature Asian-American or Pacific Islander characters, whether they are recently published or familiar classics.  If you’re looking for some recently published titles to add to your collection, you can’t go wrong with these excellent selections: Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream (2011)   This is one of the most delightful and charming books I’ve read this year; I simply adore it. Clara Lee, a young Korean-American, has a typically eventful year for a third grader, the highlight of which is her town’s annual Little Miss Apple Pie Princess competition.  Determined to win, Clara works hard on the speech she must give in front of her entire school, but meets a formidable opponent, who declares that she is more deserving of the title due to her family’s deep roots in the…