May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, a celebration of culture, history, family, traditions, innovation and more.
Cobb County public libraries offer an array of books for all ages showcasing Asian and Pacific Islander authors and stories, including:
Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji, a children’s book by F. Zia tells the story of a young boy named Aneel learning how to make Indian flatbread (roti) from his grandparents.
When Aneel’s grandparents come to visit, he gets to hear about the adventures his grandfather had when he was a boy. His grandfather regales him with tales about how roti gave him superhero abilities.
Aneel listens in wonder as he hears about how his grandfather was gifted with the strength of a tiger. The flatbread made him powerful enough to wrestle a water buffalo and tie large snakes into knots. After learning about the magic of roti, Aneel decides that he wants to make it, so he gathers the ingredients and helps his grandmother cook it.
This children’s picture book teaches kids about Hindi culture and cuisine and captures the loving and humorous relationship between a boy and his grandparents.
Sijo, a traditional form of Korean poetry takes readers on a lyrical journey. Linda Sue Park’s Tap Dancing on the Roof: Sijo (Poems) is a collection of works that both kids and adults can enjoy.
Much like the Japanese haiku, Sijo tells a narrative in a syllabic manner. The topic of the poem is introduced in the beginning and it transitions into some form of development in the middle. By the end of the poem a conclusion is usually reached through a humorous twist.
In this collection, Park has put together 26 Sijo that are filled with metaphors and surprises. Anything is possible in rhyme. Children sleep in teacups, learn to fly, and get into all sorts of mischief.
The end of the collection offers advice on how readers can write their very own Sijo. This collection is a good way for kids to flaunt their creativity.
Superhero fans will appreciate young adult author Mike Jung’s Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities. In a classic tale of good versus evil, twelve-year-old Vincent Wu takes a cue from his favorite superhero Captain Stupendous when an evil mastermind arrives in his town.
Vincent and his best friends team up when their favorite superhero is hurt in a battle with the villainous Professor Mayhem. Together, they have to find a way to defeat Mayhem and his giant indestructible robot.
It doesn’t help matters when Vincent’s crush gets involved. Suddenly, Vincent is thrown into a world of crime-fighting, dangerous foes, and the most terrifying adventure of all…talking to girls.
Jung’s comedic take on superheroes and their adventures is a non-stop page-turner filled with action sequences and fast-paced storytelling. It’s a fun tale that teaches kids that not all heroes wear capes.
Re Jane, by Patricia Park is a tongue-in-cheek twist on the classic Jane Eyre. Loosely based on Charlotte Brontë’s tale, Park re-imagines Brontë’s coming-of-age story through the eyes of a half-Korean, half-American orphan.
In this modern day retelling, college graduate Jane Re is struggling to find where she belongs in the world. Set in New York, Jane dreams of finding a job that offers her financial security so she can move out from under her aunt and uncle’s strict rule in Flushing, Queens.
She eventually finds a job as an au pair for a family in Brooklyn who has an adopted Chinese daughter. This opens the door for her to learn more about a world she knows nothing about. She bonds with her bosses and their child, but when she inadvertently falls in love with the little girl’s father, Jane decides to journey back to Seoul, South Korea.
When she arrives in South Korea she reconnects with her family and gets in touch with her roots. Her stay in Seoul helps her uncover a new sense of identity and gives her a sense of purpose.
The novel offers a look into personal change and growth that will resonate with any reader who has never quite felt as though they belonged.
Explore books available at Cobb County Public Libraries at www.cobbcat.org.
May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success.
…A rather broad term, Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).