#CybilsAwards Backlist Book List: AAPI Heritage Month

May has a lot of “holidays”: Mother’s Day, May Day, Star Wars Day, Cinco de Mayo (and that’s just the first week!). But it’s also Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and I thought we’d celebrate by highlighting (in a non-comprehensive list) some of the great books we’ve had by and about the AAPI experience.  

by Andrea Wang, illustrated by Jason Chin
Neal Porter Books

2021 winner, Fiction Picture Books

Measuring Up
by Lily LaMotte, illustrated by Ann Xu

2021 winner, Middle Grade Graphic Novels

Red, White, and Whole
by Rajani LaRocca
Quill Tree Books

2021 finalist, Poetry

Geraldine Pu and Her Lunch Box, Too!
by Maggie P.Chang
Simon Spotlight

2021 finalist, Easy Reader

Sakamoto’s Swim Club: How a Teacher Led an Unlikely Team to Victory
by Julie Abery, illustrated by Chris Sasaki
Kids Can Press, Ltd

2021 Finalist, Elementary Nonfiction

Kiki Kallira Breaks a Kingdom
by Sangu Mandanna
Viking Books for Young Readers

2021 finalist, Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction

Eyes That Kiss in the Corners
by Joanna Ho, illustrated by Dung Ho

2021 nominee, Fiction Picture Books

Superman Smashes the Clan
by Gene Luen Yang, illustrated by Gurihiru
DC Zoom

2020 Winner, Young Adult Graphic Novels

A Wish in the Dark
by Christina Soontornvat
Candlewick Press

2020 Finalist, Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction

‘Ohana Means Family
by Ilima Loomis, illustrated by Kenard Pak
Neal Porter Books

2020 Nominee, Fiction Picture Book

They Called Us Enemy
by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, and illustrated by Harmony Becker
Top Shelf Productions

2019 Finalist, Young Adult Graphic Novels

The Girl King
by Mimi Yu
Bloomsbury YA

2019 Nominee, Young Adult Speculative Fiction

There’s Something about Sweetie
by Sandhya Menon
Simon Pulse

2019 Nominee, Young Adult Fiction

Jasmine Toguchi, Drummer Girl
by Debbi Michiko Florence
Farrar, Straus & Giroux

2018 Winner, Early Chapter Books

Front Desk
by Kelly Yang
Arthur A Levine

2018 Finalist, Middle Grade Fiction

Amina’s Voice
by Hena Khan
Simon & Schuster

2017 Finalist, Middle Grade Fiction

by Nidhi Chanani
First Second Books

2017 Finalist, Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novels

Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II
by Albert Marrin
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

2017 Finalist, Senior High Nonfiction

A Different Pond
by Bao Phi
Capstone Press

2017 Nominee, Fiction Picture Books

Ms. Marvel Vol. 5: Super Famous
by Takeshi Miyazawa and G. Willow Wilson
Marvel Books

2016 Finalist, Young Adult Graphic Novels