Chinese American Stories
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Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic
Taiwanese parents who went to college in the U.S. raise their daughters and create an annual soybean picnic for Chicago’s Chinese American community. A heartwarming story about immigrant families adapting their culture in a new country.
Big Jimmy’s Kum Kau Chinese Take Out
This book is a surprisingly realistic depiction of life at a New York Chinese takeout restaurant, told through the eyes of little boy. Follow along as deliverymen arrive, cooks chop and slice ingredients and customers visit all day long to place their orders.
Bringing In The New Year
This book follows a contemporary, suburban Chinese American family as they prepare for Chinese New Year. Amidst dragons, dumplings and lanterns, Grace Lin builds a sense of holiday excitement that will feel especially familiar to your toddler if you’ve just finished a round of Christmas books prior to Chinese New Year.
In this fun intergenerational story, a young boy and his grandmother walk the streets of Chinatown visiting shops, markets and restaurants before Chinese New Year. The scenes are timeless — roasted ducks hanging in a restaurant window, an open-air fishmonger and colorful banners in a parade.
The 1860s construction of the Transcontinental Railroad told through the eyes of two brothers who leave their village in Canton seeking a better future in America. This story reveals the harsh truth about life for the Chinese railroad workers, while celebrating their perseverance and bravery.
Gai See: What You See in Chinatown
This fun introductory picture book takes you on a journey through a Chinatown wet market (or gai see in Cantonese). A little boy discovers produce, noodles and live seafood while shopping with his family in a lively market where vendors sell their goods from open air stalls, pushcarts and stores.
This book is about overcoming family language barriers when grandfather speaks Chinese and his multicultural American grandchildren do not. A charming story that gently teaches the lesson that our differences matter much less than what we share.
Gung Ho! A Dragon Boat Story
A uniquely Chinese American take on the holiday that follows the adventures of a team competing in the Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival as they prepare for the race, take a fantastic flight through the city and arrive back to the finish line just in time to win.
Hannah is My Name
A family arrives in San Francisco in 1967 from Taiwan following the loosening of United States immigration laws in 1965. A young girl named Hannah takes a new name, begins a new school, learns a new language and starts to adjust to a new life in America.
Kai’s Journey to Gold Mountain
A young boy leaves his small fishing village in China to join his father in San Francisco in 1934, passing through Angel Island enroute. Pair this book with the many books on Ellis Island to share the immigrant struggle to find a home in America.
Kite Flying celebrates the Chinese tradition of kite making and kite flying and lovingly depicts a Chinese American family bonded by this ancient and modern pleasure.
My Chinatown: One Year in Poems
This book explores a boy’s first year in the United States after emigrating from China as he grows to love his new home in Chinatown through food, games and the people surrounding him. It’s a child’s sweet perspective on the daily rhythms of his community, packing more emotional depth than the common picture book.
Sam and the Lucky Money
Perfect for older toddlers, this book address a subject near and dear to any child at Chinese New Year — spending the lucky money they receive in red envelopes! Free to spend his money any way he chooses, Sam excitedly browses the bakeries and toy stores in Chinatown, only to have his outlook changed by a chance encounter with a stranger.
Thanking the Moon: Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
This book offers the best introduction to the Mid-Autumn Festival for new readers. Using her trademark economy of words and whimsical illustrations, Grace Lin follows a modern Chinese American family as they drive into the country and celebrate the holiday on a grassy hillside with an honor table, mooncakes and brightly lit lanterns.
The Great Wall of Lucy Wu
We love this coming of age story about Lucy Wu, a suburban sixth grader figuring out how to fit in while retaining pieces of her Chinese background.
The Ugly Vegetables
In the land of backyard swimming pools and flower gardens, a little girl and her mother buck the trend by growing Chinese vegetables. Come harvest time, everyone agrees that those ugly Chinese vegetables become the tastiest, most aromatic soup they have ever known.