For the month of May, in honor of Asian Pacific 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 Want by Cindy Pon.
Jason Zhou is a mei (without) in this futuristic Taipei, as are his friends. The yous (haves) are protected by their wealth and special suits that keep them from breathing the polluted air. When he and his friends decide to infiltrate and sabotage Jin Corp, Jason must become a you. As part of the plan, he kidnaps a you and it turns out she is Jin’s only child and daughter, Daiyu. She and Jason are drawn together and it might put the entire mission in jeopardy. Fast-paced and thrilling, I totally enjoyed reading this book starring a hot Asian male lead!
For the month of May, in honor of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, I’m sharing some of my favorite reads by/about Asians/Asian Americans.
The YA graphic novel, The Prince and the Dressmaker, is a recent read and firmly in my “favorite books” category! This graphic novel by Jen Wang is completely swoon-worthy, taking me back to some of my favorite manga reads when I was a teen.
Prince Sebastian’s parents are pressuring him, at age 16, to find a bride, but he is instead thrilled to have discovered a talented dressmaker. At night he becomes Lady Crystallia, a fashion icon. Frances, who dreams of a career in fashion design is at first happy to design dresses for the prince, and easily keeps his secret. But when it becomes apparent that in order to keep his secret, she must give up her dreams, she has to make a difficult decision, protect her friend or leave him to strike out on her own. A romantic tale of loyalty and being true to oneself.
In honor of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, I’m sharing some of my favorite books by Asian authors. Please feel free to share your favorites in the comments. I’m always looking for good books to read!
Today’s featured book is the picture book No Kimchi For Me! by Aram Kim. I had the pleasure of meeting Aram at this year’s Kweli Journal’s Color of Children’s Literature Conference. Aram is every bit as nice as she is talented! In this foodie picture book, Kitty is teased by her brothers that she is a “baby” because she can’t handle spicy kimchi – and it seems she can’t, until her grandma makes kimchi pancakes. There’s a yummy recipe at the end of the book! I personally love kimchi, and this is a great book for introducing this Korean treat to readers. The illustrations are adorable (and yummy).
I’m starting a day late, but for the month of May I’ll be sharing some of my favorite reads by/about Asians/Asian Americans. Starting next week, I’ll be posting on Tuesdays and Thursday. Please feel free to share your favorites in the comments! I’m always behind on my reading and I don’t want to miss any great books!
Debut author Kelly Yang is coming out with a four-star middle grade novel, Front Desk (Scholastic/Arthur A Levine Books). Though this book doesn’t release until May 29, be sure to pre-order now because you don’t want to miss this. I was fortunate enough to get an ARC (Advance Review Copy), and I’m definitely buying the hard cover to add to my home library. So, I’m going to send the ARC to one lucky winner. Just comment on this post by Sunday, May 6 by noon EST and I’ll randomly draw a name. US mailing addresses only.
Mia Tang at 10 years old has a big sense of responsibility, helping her parents run a motel for a crooked and mean property owner. Mia takes over running the front desk while her parents run themselves ragged taking care of the motel. This was not at all the life Mia and her family expected when they came over from China. While Mia makes friends with the weeklies who live at the motel, she runs afoul of Jason Yao, the son of the mean motel owner. Mia sees and experiences first hand discrimination and cruelty and she tries to make things right. Based on the author’s childhood, this story broke my heart and put it back together again. I absolutely loved this book!
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EDITED TO ADD: The winner of the ARC giveaway (using a random number generator) is Kristin C! Congratulations! Thank you to everyone for entering! I’ll be running more giveaways in the future!
I’m excited to share that book 3 in my chapter book series, Jasmine Toguchi, launches today!
Jasmine Toguchi Drummer Girl (Junior Library Guild 2018 Selection)
It’s talent show time at school, and eight-year-old Jasmine Toguchi is excited to show her stuff. But as she thinks about her strengths—tree-climbing, mochi making, collage—none of them feel quite right to perform on-stage. Jasmine’s friends already have a talent: Tommy yo-yo’s, Daisy dances, and Linnie plays piano. Plus, Maggie Milsap (aka Miss Perfect) is saying she’ll have the best talent.
When Jasmine’s mom introduces her to the taiko, a traditional Japanese drum, Jasmine finally finds an activity that feels just right. But will she be good enough at taiko in time to beat Maggie Milsap?
Buy the book!
If you email me at jasminetoguchibooks at gmail with your proof of purchase, you will be entered in a drawing for a Jasmine Toguchi goody bag!
You can win signed paperback copies of Mochi Queen, Super Sleuth, a signed hardcover copy of Drummer Girl, an original Jasmine Toguchi bag designed and silkscreened by the talented illustrator of the series, Elizabet Vukovic, along with other goodies! Email by April 25 for a chance to win!
Today is my last post for my Book A Day in March in honor of Women’s History Month and #kidlitwomen. It’s been a joy to be able to share some of my favorite books and I’m sad that the month isn’t longer so I could share all the books I didn’t get to. Then I remembered – hey, this is my reading blog! I can get back to posting my favorite reads regularly! I won’t post every day, but I’ll try to post at least once a week, and once things settle down a little for me in my busy life (for which I’m grateful), I will return to a Tuesday/Thursday posting schedule. My goal here is to feature books by women/about girls and #ownvoices, and to highlight books that aren’t getting all the buzz and attention. I want to share books that you might not have heard of. And I hope you’ll do the same in the comments – tell me what books you are reading and loving! Thanks for following along! And now for the Book A Day –
Are You An Echo? The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko narrative and translation by David Jacobson, Sally Ito, and Michiko Tsuboi, illustrated by Toshikado Hajiri. A fascinating account of Japanese poet Misuzu Kaneko, interspersed with her simple but evocative poetry. Her poems are part of the curriculum for elementary students in Japan. I fell in love with her poetry and hope you will, too. Buy the book!
See KidlitWomen for daily links to posts by the children’s lit community, in celebration of Women’s History Month and focusing on improving the climate for social and gender equality. I plan to share my favorite books focused on girl characters and/or written by women through this month.
Today’s book is middle grade novel An Unlikely Story of A Pig in the City by Jodi Kendall.
A story about a girl in a big family who feels invisible, but then feels a sense of purpose when the family inadvertently adopts a runt pig. But they can’t keep it because they live in a city, so Josie convinces her parents to let her keep the pig while she searches for the right home for Hamlet (while secretly hoping to convince them to let her keep him). Sweet story that made me tear up during the Christmas gift exchange scene. I’m a sucker for animal stories! Buy the book!