Collection Selection Tools

Use these selection tools as resources for finding children’s picture books, chapter books, and middle grade books that are by Asian American Pacific Islander kidlit creators, that feature positive depictions of Asian American Pacific Islander characters, and that center Asian American Pacific Islander culture and history.

 

Talk Story1. Talk Story Together’s Asian Pacific American Kidlit and YA Booklist

Bibliography

This comprehensive, curated bibliography has been selected by the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association. The absolute starting point for expanding your library’s kidlit collection.
 

Asian Author Alliance2. Asian Author Alliance’s Asian Author Directory

Author Directory

The Asian Author Alliance, founded by YA author Kat Cho, supports and amplifies the voices of Asian Kidlit and the diversity of stories that originate from the Asian Continent.” This expansive authors directory is searchable by audience age group, book form, genre, and a wide range of identities.
 

Social Justice Books3. Social Justice Books, Booklist: Asian Americans

Reading List

Social Justice Books selects “multicultural and social justice books for children, teens, and educators” and is an excellent general resource. Here, they’ve compiled a list of books for early childhood, upper elementary, young adult, and adults specifically featuring Asian Americans and Asia.
 

KiBooka4. KiBooka

Website

Created by author and educator Linda Sue Park, KiBooka offers curated lists of picture books, middle grade books, and YA books by Korean American and Korean diaspora authors.
 

Diverse Book Finder5. Diverse BookFinder

Book Database

Diverse BookFinder is a searchable database of all picture books published by mainstream publishers since 2002 that feature Black and Indigenous people and People of Color. This tool is particularly notable for its detailed facet search and book categories like “any child,” “Beautiful Life: A Focus on Identity,” and “Biography.” Be sure to check out the highlighted books and the collection analysis tool.
 

Cooperative Children's Book Center6. CCBC’s Recommended Book Search

Recommended Books Database

The Cooperative Children’s Book Center is a research library out of University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Education. Here are CCBC’s recommended titles under the “Asian” subject heading (a heading which encompasses the heritage of the primary and secondary character(s), region/place where book is set, the subject of the book, and/or the origin of the book).
 

Social Justice Books7. Social JusticeBooks’ Guide for Selecting Anti-Bias Children’s Books  

Article

In addition to expanding your collection of children’s books to include positive representations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, it’s important to weed your current collection of harmful tropes and Asian stereotypes. This Social Justice Books guide offers several tips for assessing racial bias is children’s books.