For the month of May, in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, I’m sharing some of my favorite reads by/about Asians/Asian Americans. Side note: I am going to try not to repeat books I mentioned already in my #kidlitwomen posts, so for more on Asian American books I loved, make sure to peek at that list, too!
Today’s featured book is:
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser! The Vanderbeekers, a large family of Mom and Dad, 12-year-old twins Isa and Jessie, Oliver, Hyacinth, and almost 5-year-old Laney live in a brownstone on 141st Street in Harlem. Until they might not. Their mean, reclusive, grumpy landlord won’t renew their lease and they have to move out by the new year. All this as they prepare for the Christmas holiday. The kids decide to make it their mission to get the landlord to change his mind, but that may be an impossible mission. A heart-warming and sweet story. I loved the large cast and the loving family. And guess what? There’s a sequel coming on September 25th: The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden! Pre-order now! I can’t wait to join the Vanderbeekers on a new adventure!