Celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month


The Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month is celebrated every year in the United States in the month of May. During this month we recognize the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States (Wikipedia).

In honor of this, we encourage you to read or listen to some books that are written by Asian and Pacific Islander Americans! Please note that if you liked any of these books, their authors often have many other titles that are available right now. Check Hoopla and Overdrive for more great reading!

Check out one of these great books, which can be found on our online services Hoopla or Overdrive:


The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa Lisa See, Overdrive

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, Overdrive

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, Overdrive

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan, Overdrive

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, Overdrive

The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo, Overdrive

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, Overdrive

A Tale For the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, Hoopla, audio only

Death of a Red Heroine by Qiu Xiaolong, Hoopla, audio only

Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu, Overdrive

A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua, Overdrive

How Much of These Hills is Gold by C Pam Zhang, Overdrive

New Waves by Kevin Nguyen, Overdrive

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong, Overdrive

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka, Overdrive

Trust Exercises by Susan Choi, Overdrive


All You Can Never Know by Nicole Chung (Korean- American Adoptee)

The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui (Vietnamese Refugees)

Know My Name by Chanel Miller, Overdrive

Dear Girl by Ali Wong, Overdrive

Part Asian, 100% Hapa by Kip Fulbeck, Hoopla

Young Adult

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay, Overdrive

They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, Overdrive

Frankly in Love by David Yoon, Overdrive

The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee, Overdrive

Legend by Marie Lu, Overdrive

Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang, Overdrive

The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad, Overdrive


A Single Chard by Linda Sue Park, Overdrive

A Place to Belong by Cynthia Kadohata, Overdrive

Front Desk by Kelly Yang, Overdrive

Amal Unbound by Alisha Saeed, Overdrive

Grandmother’s Visit by  Betty Quan, Hoopla

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee, Overdrive

Hello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly, Hoopla

Mice of the Round Table: A Tail of Camelot by Julie Leung, Hoopla

Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai, Overdrive

Picture Books

Drawn Together by Minh Le, Overdrive

The Nian Monster by Andrea Wang, Hoopla

It Takes Two by Hyewon Yum, Hoopla

Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say, Hoopla

Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas by Natasha Yim, Hoopla

Hana Hashimoto, 6th Violin by Chieri Uegaki, Hoopla

Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin, Hoopla

Mooncakes by Loretta Seto, Hoopla