The month of May is Asian American and Pacific Heritage month. This month celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islanders' contributions to the history, culture, and achievements in the United States. Check out some of these newer titles in Youth, YA, and Adult materials featuring  Asian American and Pacific Islanders in their characters, authors, and illustrators. 

Youth Materials

Fatima's great outdoors by Ambreen Tariq

Excitedly joining her family for an outdoor camping trip in a Midwestern state park, Fatima Khazi helps set up a tent, build a fire, and fend off a daddy longlegs before settling down to sleep surrounded by the near-magical sounds of the forest

Looking for a read to put you in the shoes of a sleuth? These titles are best for middle-grade readers and will have you guessing whodunnit along with the gumshoes in the books. 

Vanishing acts by Phillip Margolin
Ali Cross by 1947- James Patterson

Check out the following YA and Adult titles to read novels featuring romance between LGBTQ+ characters. 

YA Novels

Date me, Bryson Keller by Kevin Van Whye

Throughout history, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields have been dominated by white males. In this list, we will be highlighting books that feature a more inclusive look at various fields. 

Boys and girls holding hands encircling a small world with braille at bottom describing image

Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.
Click here for the Schneider Family Book Award Manual (PDF)
Bibliography of Children's Books about the Disability Experience (pdf)

Younger Children Winner

These titles feature strong protagonists, strong values, kindness, and humor. Read these with your grownup or your friends and chat about what you read and experiences in your life that are similar. Did we miss your favorite? What book would you recommend?

A drop of hope by Keith Calabrese
New kid by illustrator Jerry Craft

This list includes staff favorites as well as the most popular items that patrons checked out during 2020. Did we miss your favorite? let us know in the comments. 

Staff Favorites
I found a kitty! by Troy Cummings
orange background with mandala designs that says "Happy Diwali"

Diwali (also called Deepavali, Dipavali, Dewali, Deepawali, or the Festival of Lights) is the biggest and most important celebration in India. The name originates from the row of clay lamps (diya or deepa) that Indians light outside their homes in the representation of the inner light that protects from spiritual darkness. This celebration is over 2,500 years old. This holiday is celebrated by Hindus mainly but is also enjoyed by non-Hindu communities too. Diwali takes place over 5 days in either October or November. This year it spans November 12- 16 with the main celebration day in the middle on November 14. 

To learn more, or to find some activities or materials to check out, keep scrolling down! 

Rangoli Decorations

November is Native American Heritage Month, or as it is commonly referred to, American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.

The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.

- information from National Congress of American Indians

 

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