Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Island Heritage (Preschoolers)

By Skokie Staff Youth Services

Great stories by and about our Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

  • Eyes That Kiss in the Corners

    2021 by Ho, Joanna

    This beautiful story follows a Chinese American girl as she recognizes that the physical traits that make her stand out from others are unique and beautiful and connect her to the generations of women before her.

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  • No Kimchi for Me

    2017 by Kim, Aram

    Yoomi can't stand stinky-spicy-kimchi until Grandma's clever idea of adding it to pancakes changes her mind.

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  • Cora Cooks Pancit

    2009 by Lazo Gilmore, Dorina K.

    When all her older siblings are away, Cora's mother finally lets her help make pancit, a Filipino noodle dish. The book includes a recipe for it.

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  • The Ugly Vegetables

    1999 by Lin, Grace

    A little girl thinks her mother's garden is the ugliest in the neighborhood until she discovers that flowers might look and smell pretty, but Chinese vegetable soup smells best of all (recipe included).

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  • 'Ohana Means Family

    2020 by Loomis, Ilima

    In this cumulative rhyme in the style of The House That Jack Built, a family celebrates Hawaii and its culture while serving poi at a luau.

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  • Our Favorite Day

    2019 by Oh, Joowon

    Follow Papa as he makes special preparations for a weekly date with his beloved granddaughter.

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  • Bee-bim Bop!

    2005 by Park, Linda Sue

    A child, eager for a favorite meal, helps with the shopping, food preparation, and table setting.

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  • Bilal Cooks Daal

    2019 by Saeed, Aisha

    Join Bilal as he shares with friends his love of cooking and his favorite food.

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  • Round Is a Mooncake: A Book of Shapes

    2000 by Thong, Roseanne

    As a little girl discovers things round, square, and rectangular in her urban neighborhood, she is reminded of her Chinese American culture.

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  • The Little Tree

    2015 by Van, Muon

    In this metaphorical tale, Little Tree feels that its environment is not able to provide for Little Seed and sends it off to find a better place to grow and thrive--similar to the sacrifice and struggle borne by immigrant and refugee families.

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  • Sumo Joe

    2019 by Wenjen, Mia

    A sister and brother celebrate their talents and abilities with friendly play and good-natured sibling rivalry. Includes information about sumo and aikido traditions.

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  • Who Likes Rain?

    2007 by Yee, Wong Herbert

    Full of joy, a young Asian child splashes in the rain, playing a guessing game with the reader about other living things that like to splish-splash in the puddles, too.

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