Recommended Reads for Youth

Recommended Reads are the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library's monthly series of books that can be found in our collection.


Recommended Reading for May 2022 - Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month


DB106443 Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao by Zhang, Kat.

Amy is determined to make a perfect dumpling as her parents and grandmother do, but hers are always too empty, too full, or not pinched together properly. Commercial audiobook. For preschool-grade 2. 2019.


DB103585 Amira's Picture Day by Faruqi, Reem.

Excited because tomorrow is Eid, with special clothes, treats, gifts, and a morning party at her mosque, Amira realizes that she will miss class picture day at school. Dismayed, Amira tries to figure out a way to be in two places at once. For grades K-3. 2021.


LP026135 Yayoi Kusama Covered Everything in Dots and Wasn't Sorry by Gilberti, Fausto.

A brightly colored and boldly illustrated introduction to contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama. For K-1 and older. 2020.


DB094602 Magic Ramen: the Story of Momofuku Ando by Wang, Andrea.

True story behind one of the world's most popular foods. Every day, Momofuku Ando would tinker with recipes until he came up with a new kind of ramen noodle soup that was quick, convenient, and tasty. For grades K-3. 2019.


DB106996 I am Golden by Chen, Eva.

An ode to the immigrant experience and a declaration of Chinese American joy. Commercial audiobook. For grades K-3. 2022.


DB104750 Ahmed Aziz's Epic Year by Hamza, Nina.

Ahmed Aziz endures a family move from Hawaii to frigid Minnesota. With the help of three life-changing books he reads in school, Ahmed learns to like reading and, ultimately, himself. Commercial audiobook. For grades 3-6. 2021.


LP026364 New From Here by Yang, Kelly.

When the coronavirus hits Hong Kong, ten-year-old Knox Wei-Evans’s mom makes the last-minute decision to move him and his siblings back to California, where they think they will be safe. At his new school, Knox struggles with being the new kid and his classmates think that because he’s from Asia, he must have brought over the virus. As racism skyrockets during COVID-19, Knox tries to stand up to hate, while finding his place in his new country. For grades 3-6 and older. 2022.


DB100005 Any Day With You by Respicio, Mae.

During the summer before seventh grade, Kaia, who enjoys living in Southern California and creating movie make-up effects, makes a monster flick with her friends and enters it into a contest. Kaia hopes her film will prevent her beloved great-grandfather from moving back to the Philippines. For grades 4-7. 2020.


DB103231; LP026321 American as Paneer Pie by Kelkar, Supriya.

When a racist incident rocks her small Michigan town and her class teases her about being Indian, eleven-year-old Lekha must decide whether to speak up or stay silent. Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7. 2020.


DB091215; LP025974 Front Desk by Yang, Kelly.

Recent immigrants from China and desperate for work and money, Mia Tang's parents take a job managing a rundown motel in Southern California. Even though the owner, Mr. Yao, is mean and exploits their family, Mia plans on following her dreams. For grades 4-7. 2018.


DB105089 The Many Meanings of Meilan by Wang, Andrea.

A family feud before the start of seventh grade propels Meilan from Boston's Chinatown to rural Ohio, where she must tap into her inner strength and sense of justice to make a new place for herself. Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7. 2021.


DB102976 We Belong by Everman, Cookie Hiponia.

A novel in verse. As sisters Stella and Luna get ready for bed, their mama spins two tales: that of her youth as a strong-willed middle child and Filipino refugee; and that of the young life of Mayari, the mythical daughter of a god. Commercial audiobook. For grades 5-8. 2021.


DB105732 Red, White, and Whole by LaRocca, Rajani.

A novel in verse. As her school's only Indian American student, Reha feels torn between worlds. Then Reha finds out that her mother is sick. She'll even try to be the perfect daughter if it means saving her mom's life. Commercial audiobook. For grades 5-8. 2021.


DB102726 While I Was Away by Brown, Waka Takahashi.

The author recounts when at age twelve, her parents suspect she can't understand the Japanese they speak to her and then make a drastic decision to send her to Tokyo to live for several months with her strict grandmother. Commercial audiobook. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2020.


DB104462 Much Ado About Baseball by LaRocca, Rajani.

Twelve-year-olds Trish and Ben should be automatic friends because they both play baseball on a Little League team in Comity, Massachusetts, and they both love solving math puzzles, but obstacles stand in their way. For grades 5-8. 2021.


DB106322 That Thing about Bollywood by Kelkar, Supriya.

Sonali cannot bring herself to share her feelings. But when she wakes up one day and begins to involuntarily burst into Bollywood songs and dance routines that showcase her emotions, she realizes she has to find her voice and share her feelings. Commercial audiobook. For grades 5-8. 2021.


DB095134 A Thousand Beginnings and Endings: Fifteen Retellings of Asian Myths and Legends

Fifteen authors of Asian descent reimagine the folklore and mythology of East and South Asia in short stories ranging from fantasy to science fiction to contemporary, from romance to revenge tales. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2018.


DB099393 The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Tokuda-Hall, Maggie.

A desperate orphan turned pirate and a rebellious Imperial daughter find a connection on the high seas in a world divided by colonialism and threaded with magic. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2020.


DB101474; LP026278 Super Fake Love Song by Yoon, David.

When Cirrus mistakes self-described nerd Sunny Dae as the lead in a rock band, Sunny rolls with it and forms a fake band with his friends. But as the lies continue he risks losing everything. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2020.