Butler Bookshelf

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month! To celebrate, we are featuring some fantastic titles from Asian authors and illustrators. One book in particular that is set debut later this year is I am an American: The Wong Kim Ark Story by Martha Brockenbrough and Taiwanese-American author/illustrator Grace Lin. The book is illustrated by Julia Kuo, who is also Taiwanese-American. Brockenbrough, Lin, and Kuo tell the true story of how Wong Kim Ark challenged the Supreme Court in 1898, arguing that a person born in America is an American citizen no matter their race. This is a timely story that children today need to hear. Check out the list below for more titles from the amazing Asian community!

I am an American: The Wong Kim Ark Story
Written by Martha Brockenbrough & Grace Lin
Illustrated by Julia Kuo
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Available November 2, 2021

Written by Mary H. K. Choi
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Available now!

Eyes that Kiss in the Corners
Written by Joanna Ho and Illustrated by Dung Ho
Published by HarperCollins
Available now!

I am a Bird
Written by Hope Lim and Illustrated by Hyewon Yum
Published by Candlewick
Available now!

Branches of Hope: The 9/11 Survivor Tree
Written by Ann Magee and Illustrated by Nicole Wong
Published by Charlesbridge
Available May 18, 2021

The One Thing You’d Save
Written by Linda Sue Park and Illustrated by Robert Sae-Heng
Published by Clarion Books
Available now!