April 25, 2022
In May Canada celebrates Asian members of the community. It is an opportunity for all Canadians to learn more about the rich history and contributions of Canadians of Asian descent that make Canada the amazing country we share.
Check out these adult, youth and children’s titles that highlight the experiences of Asian members of the community.
L&A Libraries suggests you start with these notable picture books:
I Am Small by Qin Leng
Simple yet powerful images and gentle humour underline that while young Mimi feels her height is a disadvantage she fits her world. Mimi’s newfound perspective at the arrival of her new sibling will spark conversations around personal development, self-respect and resilience.
Ming Goes to School by Deirdre Sullivan
A lovely going-to-school story that eases kids into starting preschool. While Ming is ready for adventure she still gets scared sometimes. Kids will relate to her excitement and fear and cheer her on at the top of the slide by the story’s end.
Salmon Forest by David Suzuki
Environmentalist David Suzuki’s picture book sparks wonder in the natural world. During a walk in the woods with her dad, Kate learns about the life cycle of the sockeye salmon, as well as its place in the larger circle of life.
Eyes That Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho
A poetic tale of self-acceptance for a Chinese American girl who finds beauty in her unique traits and rich culture.
Eyes That Speak to the Stars by Joanna Ho
The companion book to Eyes That Kiss in the Corners offers another exceptional treatise on self love when a school incident prompts a young boy to embrace his heritage and imagine a hopeful future.
Jennifer is a Librarian at the Amherstview Branch of the L&A Libraries. She regularly writes awareness pieces that offer book suggestions relating to important and commemorative days in Canada.