Representation matters, and it is especially important in the books we give to our children, the stories we share with them and what we read to them.
Through our work with Reach Out and Read San Diego and First Book we continued to offer diverse and inclusive books that celebrate communities that are historically underrepresented.
Swipe through for just a few of our recommended books to celebrate Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Jewish American Heritage Month.
A is for Asian American
By Virginia Loh-Hagain
A is for Asian American: An Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Alphabet celebrates the cultures of and contributions from Asian Americans throughout our country's history. For ages 6-9 years.
Bilal Cooks Daal
By Aisha Saeed
Bilal and his father invite his friends to help make his favorite dish, daal, then all must wait patiently for it to be done. For ages 4-8 years.
Eyes that Kiss in the Corners
By Joanna Ho
This lyrical, stunning picture book tells a story about learning to love and celebrate your Asian-shaped eyes, in the spirit of Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry, and is a celebration of diversity. For ages 2-7 years.
I Am Golden
By Eva Chen
A moving ode to the immigrant experience, as well as a manifesto of self-love for Chinese American children. For ages 4-6 years.
By Mark Karlins
This beautiful picture book about a young aspiring poet and his grandfather shows that the answer lies all around us--if we take the time to look. For ages 5-6 years.
And a Cat from Carmel Market
By Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Bubbe goes to the outdoor Carmel Market in Tel-Aviv to shop for Shabbat, but in addition to buying the challah, candles, chicken, tablecloth, flowers, and other necessities, she also finds herself coming home with lots of stray cats. For ages 4-8 years.
Chik Chak Shabbat
By Mara Rockliff
Everyone in Goldie Simcha’s apartment building knows it’s Friday night when they smell her delicious Shabbat cholent. But one Friday night, Goldie doesn’t feel well enough to cook. Her neighbors step up to make an unusual cholent for Shabbat – and soon Goldie will feel much better. For ages 3-7 years.
Gitty and Kvetch
By Caroline Kusin Pritchard
In this hilariously sweet story about an opposites-attract friendship, chock-full of Yiddish humor, a girl and her best bird friend’s perfect day turns into a perfect opportunity to see things differently. For ages 2-6 years.
Rifka Takes a Bow
By Rebecca Rosenberg Perlov
A slice of immigrant life on New York's Second Avenue, this is a unique book about a vanished time and a place – the Yiddish theater in the early 20th century―made real through the telling of the true-life story of the 96-year-old author as a little girl. For ages 5-9 years.
The Abba Tree
By Devora Busheri
Hannah and Abba, Hebrew for "Dad," are spending time together in nature on Tu B'Shevat, the Jewish Arbor Day. For ages 4-9 years.