May is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. An important month for so many cultures, traditions, and people from various places.  

Today, I am sharing 5 picture books by AAPI authors, illustrators, or that feature Asian characters. These titles are perfect for sharing with your children or classroom this May.

From magical mermaids to Asian foods and night markets. To happy families and celebrating holidays, these books offer something for every reader!

Asian Adventures A-Z by Yobe Qiu 

Join us for a fun adventure as we journey through Asia from A-Z. Each page highlights the traditions and cultures of Asia’s beautiful countries while also teaching your little ones the alphabet!

Where Do Mermaids Go on Vacation? by Kim Ann  

These magical creatures are ready for their own vacation. The mermaids have come together to enjoy all the fun and beautiful things the ocean has to offer. But with the whole sea at their fingertips, where will they go and what will they do?

Let’s Celebrate 5 Days of Diwali! by Ajanta Chakraborty

Go on an adventure with Maya, Neel, and their cute little partner, Chintu the squirrel, as they learn all about this famous Indian festival of lights, including Dhanteras, Diwali sweets, Rangoli drawings, fireworks, and the special sibling bond of Bhai Dooj.

Night Market by Ariel Chang

Gigi experiences the Taiwanese night market with her parents. A fun story to educate children about Asian food culture. Going to the night market is one of the most exciting family activities in our daily life.

Grandma, It’s Me! by Y.Y. Chan

Riley loves spending time with her grandparents, but after visiting them one day, she notices Grandma doesn’t recognize her. Riley tries her best to help Grandma remember and writes about their time together in her diary.

Kim Ann is an award-winning author whose fun, imaginative books help young readers develop a love of stories.  She has published many best-selling children’s books, including the popular Ninja School Rules and Ten Little Sandpipers. Kim recently co-authored a Quick Affirmation book and card series for super busy people. She is always working on her next story and looks forward to sharing many more books with her readers. 

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