POWERFUL ASIAN-AMERICAN IMAGES REVEALED IN PICTURE BOOKS

COMPILED BY KAY E. VANDERGRIFT

Children's Literature Page

It is important for all young children to find themselves and their cultures reflected in the literature we share with them. While there are many fine renditions of Asian folk tales for young children, we are only beginning to have a wealth of realistic images of Asian and Asian-American children in picture books.

"Asian Pacific American people have been separated from Asia and the Pacific by geography, culture, and history for more than seven generations. We have more than 150 years of history in America, yet where are we in the literature?" Elaine Aoki

Baillie, Allan. Rebel Illus. by Di Wu. New York: Ticknor and Fields, 1994.

Baker, Keith. The Magic Fan. San Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1989.

Bercaw, Edna Coe. Halmoni’s Day. Illus. by Robert Hunt. New York: Dial, 2000.

Blia, Xiong. Nine-in-One Grr! Grr! A Folktale from the Hmong People of Laos. Adapted by Cathy Spagnoli. Illus. by Nancy Hom. San Francisco, CA: Children's Book Press, 1989.

Breckler, Rosemary. Hoang Breaks the Lucky Teapot. Illus. by Adrian Frankel.Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1992.

Brown, Tricia. Konnichiwa! I Am a Japanese-American Girl. Photos by Kazuyoshi Arai. New York: Holt, 1995.

Bunting, Eve. Jin Woo. Illus. by Chris Soentpiet.  New York: Clarion, 2001.

Bunting, Eve. So Far from the Sea. Illus. by Chris K. Soentpiet. New York: Clarion, 1998.

Chin-Lee, Cynthia. A Is for Asia. Illus. by Yumi Heo. New York: Orchard, 1997.

Chinn, Karen. Sam and the Lucky Money. Illus. by Cornelius Van Wright & Ying-Hwa Hu. New York: Lee & Low, 1995.

Choi, Yangsook: The Name Jar. New York: Knopf, 2001.

Choi, Yangsook. New Cat. New York: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 1999.

Coerr, Eleanor. Sadako. Illus. by Ed Young. New York: Putnam, 1993.

Demi. The Dragon's Tale: An Other Animal Fables of theChinese Zodiac. New York: Henry Holt, 1996.

Demi. One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale. New York: Scholastic, 1997.

Friedman, Ina R. How My Parents Learned to Eat. Illus. by Allen Say. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1987.

French, Fiona. Little Inchkin. New York: Dial, 1994.

Garland, Sherry. The Lotus Seed. Illus. by Tatsuro Kiuchi. San Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1993.

Gilmore, Rachna. A Gift for Gita. Illus. by Alice Priestly. Toronto: Second Story Press, 1999.

Greene, Ellin. Ling-Li and the Phoenix Fairy: A Chinese Folktale. Illus. Zong-Zhou Wang. New York: Clarion, 1996.

Hamanaka, Shelia. The Journey: Japanese Americans, Racism & Renewal. New York: Orchard, 1990.

Hamanaka, Sheila. Bebop-a-Do-Walk! New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995.

Hedlund, Irene. Mighty Mountain and the Three Strong Women. London, England: A & C Black, 1984.

Heo, Suzanne Crowder. The Rabbit's Escape. Illus. by Yumi Heo. New York: Holt, 1995.

Heo, Suzanne Crowder. The Rabbit's Judgment. Illus. by Yumi Heo. New York: Holt, 1994.

Ho, Minfong. Hush! A Thai Lullaby. Illus. Holly Meade. New York: Orchard, 1996.

Johnson, Ryerson. Kenji and the Magic Geese. Illus. Jean and Mou-sien Tseng. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992.

Kline, Suzy. Song Lee and the Leech Man. Illus. by Frank Remkiewicz. New York: Viking, 1995.

Kraus, Joanna Halpert. Tall Boy's Journey. Illus. by Karen Ritz. Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda, 1992.

Kuklin, Susan. Kodomo: Children of Japan. New York: Putnam's, 1995.

Lee, Huy Voun. At the Beach. New York: Holt, 1994.

Lee, Huy Voun. In the Park. New York: Henry Holt, 1998.

Lee, Jeanne M. Silent Lotus. New York: Farrar, 1991.

Lee, Jeanne M. The Song of Mu Lan. Arden, NC: Front Stree Press, 1995.

Lee, Milly. Nim and the War Effort. Illus. by Yangsook Choi. New York: Frances Foster Books/Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1997.

Levine, Ellen. I Hate English! Illus. by Steve Bjorkman. New York: Scholastic, 1989.

Levinson, Riki. Our Home Is The Sea. Illus. by Dennis Luzak. New York: Dutton, 1988.

Little, Mimi Otey. Yoshiko and the Foreigner. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1996.

Louie, Ai-Ling. Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China. Illus. by Ed Young. New York: Philomel, 1982.

Look, Lenore. Love as Strong as Ginger. Illus. by Stephen T. Johnson. New York: Atheneum, 1999.

Look, Lenore. Henry’s First-Moon Birthday. Illus. by Yumi Heo. New York: Atheneum, 2001.

Low, William. Chinatown. New York: Henry Holt, 1997.

McCunn, Ruthanne Lum. Pie Biter. Illus. by You-shan Tang. San Francisco, CA: Design Enterprises, 1983.

McKay, Lawrence. Journey Home. Illus. by Don & Keunhee Lee. New York: Lee & Low, 1998.

McMahon, Patricia. Chi-Hoon: A Korean Girl. Photos by Michael F. O"Brien. Honesdale, PA: Caroline House/Boyds Mills Press, 1993.

Mahy, Margaret. The Seven Chinese Brothers. Illus. by Jean and Mou-sien Tseng. New York: Scholastic, 1990.

Mak, Kam. My Chinatown: One Year in Poems. New York: HarperCollins, 2002.

Maruki, Toshi. Hiroshima No Pika. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1980.

Matsutani, Miyoko. The Crane Maiden. Illus. by Chihiro Iwasaki. New York: Parents', 1968.

Melmed, Laura Krauss. The First Song Ever Sung. Illus. by Ed Young. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1993.

Merrill, Jean. The Girl Who Loved Caterpillars. Illus. by Floyd Cooper. New York: Philomel, 1992.

Mills, Claudia. A Visit to Amy-Claire. Illus. by Shelia Hamanaka. New York: Macmillan, 1992.

Morimoto, Junko. Kenju's Forest. Sydney, Australia: Collins Publishing Australia, 1989.

Morimoto, Junko. The Inch Boy. New York: Puffin Books, 1984.

Mochizuki, Ken. Baseball Saved Us. Illus. by Dom Lee. New York: Lee & Low Books, 1993.

Narahashi, Keiko. Is That Josie? New York: Margaret McElderry, 1994.

Noguchi, Rick. Flowers from Mariko. New York: Lee & Low, 2001.

Paek, Min. Aekyung's Dream. San Francisco, CA: Children's Book Press, 1988.

Pak, Soyung. Dear Juno. Illus. by Susan Kathleen Hartung. New York: Viking, 1999.

Partridge, Elizabeth. Oranges on Golden Mountain. Illus. by Aki Sogabe. New York: Dutton, 2001.

Peacock, Carol A. Mommy Far, Mommy Near: An Adoption Story. Illus. by Shawn Costello. Morton Grove, IL: A. Whitman, 2000.

Pomeranc, Marion H. The American Wei. Illus. by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan. Morton Grove, IL: A. Whitman, 1998.

Raimondo, Lois. The Little Lama of Tibet. New York: Scholastic, 1994.

Rappaport, Doreen. The Journey of Meng. Illus. by Yang Ming-Yi. New York: Dial, 1992.

Rappaport, Doreen. The Long-Haired Girl: A Chinese Legend. Illus. by Yang Ming-Yi. New York: Dial, 1995.

Rattigan, Jama Kim. Dumpling Soup. Illus. Lillian Hsu-Flanders. Boston, MA: Little Brown, 1993.

Rattigan, Jama Kim. The Woman in the Moon: A Story from Hawai'i. Illus. by Carla Golembe. Boston,MA:Little Brown, 1996.

Rhee, Nami. Magic Spring: A Korean Folktale. New York: Putnam, 1993.

Roth, Susan L. Happy Birthday, Mr. Kang. Washington, DC: National Geographic Society, 2001.

Say, Allen. Home of the Brave. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 2002.

Say, Allen. Grandfather's Journey. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1993.

Say, Allen. Tree of Cranes. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1991.

Say, Allen. The Bicycle Man. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1982.

Say, Allen. Stranger in the Mirror. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1995.

San Souci, Robert D. The Samurai's Daughter. Illus. by Stephen T. Johnson. New York: Dial, 1992.

Schlein, Miriam. The Year of the Panda. Illus. by Kam Mak. New York: Harper & Row, 1990.

Schmidt, Jeremy and Ted Wood. Two Lands, One Heart: An American Boy's Journey to His Mother's Vietnam. Photos by Ted Wood. New York: Walker, 1995.

Shea, Pegi Deitz. The Whispering Cloth: A Refugee's Story. Illus. by Anita Riggio and You Tang. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills Press, 1995.

Shepard, Aaron. The Gifts of Wali Dad: A Tale of India and Pakistan. Illus.by Daniel San Souci. New York: Atheneum,1995.

Shigekawa, Marlene. Welcome Home Swallows. Illus. by Isao Kikuchi. Torrence, CA: Heian, 2001.

Snyder, Diane. The Boy of the Three Year Nap. Illus. by Allen Say. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1988.

Stamm, Claus. Three Strong Women: A Tall Tale from Japan. Illus. by Jean and Mou-sien Tseng. New York: Viking, 1990.

Stanley, Fay. TheLast Princess: The Story of Princess Ka'iulani of Hawai'i. Illus. by Diane Stanley. New York: Four Winds, 1991.

Thong, Roseanne. Red Is a Dragon: A Book of Colors. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books, 2001.

Thong, Roseanne. Round Is a Mooncake: A Book of Shapes. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books, 2001.

Thorne, Jenny. The Voyage of Prince Fuji. London, England: Macmillan, 1980.

Tsutsui, Yoriko. Anna's Secret Friend. Illus. by Aliko Hayashi. New York: Viking/Kestral, 1986.

Tsutsui, Yoriko. Before the Picnic. Illus. by Akiko Hayashi. New York: Philomel, 1987.

Uchida, Yoshiko. The Bracelet. Illus. Joanna Yardley. New York: Philomel, 1993.

Uchida, Yoshiko. The Magic Purse. Illus. by Keiko Narahashi. New York: Margaret McElderry, 1993.

Uchida, Yoshiko. The Birthday Visitor. Illus. by Charles Robinson. New York: Scribner's, 1975.

Waters, Kate and Madeline Slovenz-Low. Lion Dancer: Ernie Wan's Chinese New Year. Photos by Martha Cooper. New York: Scholastic, 1992.

Wells, Ruth. The Farmer and the Poor God. Illus. Yoshi. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996.

Williams, Carol Ann. Tsubu the Little Snail. Illus. by Tatsuro Kiuchi. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1995.

Wong, Janet. Apple Pie 4th of July. Illus. by Margaret Chodos-Irvine. San Diego, CA: Harcourt, 2002.

Wong, Janet. A Trip Back Home. Illus. by Bo Jia. San Diego, CA: Harcourt, 2000.

Wisniewski, David. The Warrior and the Wise Man. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1989.

Yagawa, Sumiko. The Crane Wife. Trans. by Katherine Paterson. Illus. by Suekichi Akaba. New York: Morrow, 1981.

Yashima, Taro. Crow Boy. New York: Viking, 1955.

Yep, Laurence. Tongues of Jade. Illus. by David Wiesner. New York: HarperCollins, 1991.

Yep, Laurence. The Boy Who Swallowed Snakes. Illus. by Jean and Mou-Sien Tseng. New York: Scholastic, 1994.

Yep, Laurence. The Butterfly Boy. Illus. by Jeanne M. Lee. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1993.

Yep, Laurence. The Khan's Daughter: A Mongolian Folktale. Illus. Jean and Mou-Sien Tseng. New York: Scholastic, 1997.

Yep, Laurence. When the Circus Came to Town. Illus. by Suling Wang. New York: HarperCollins, 2002.

Yolen, Jane. The Seventh Mandarin. Illus. by Ed Young. New York: Seabury, 1970.

Young, Ed. Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding-Hood Story from China. New York: Philomel, 1989.

 

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