Asian Pacific American Heritage Month honors the generations of Asian and Pacific Islander peoples who have enriched America’s history, and provides opportunities to learn about the diverse culture of Asian Americans. The celebration was established in 1977 as Asian Pacific Heritage Week, and became a month long celebration in 1990. May was chosen because it is the month in 1843 when the first Japanese immigrants arrived in the U.S.
Five Picture Book Suggestions -
The Beckoning Cat: Based on a Japanese Folktale by Koko Nishizuka
Dim Sum for Everyone by Grace Lin
A Pair of Red Clogs by Masako Matsuno
The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack
Yoon and the Jade Bracelet by Helen Recorvits