Asian American & Pacific Islander Authors to Hear on Audio

As we work together to confront racism and racist violence against Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, Listening Library is honored to share the works of AAPI authors on audio. Excite and inspire young listeners with audiobooks featuring AAPI characters from all walks of life and all different cultural backgrounds. From historical fiction to contemporary rom-coms to top-tier fantasy, there’s a listen for every kid & teen to love and learn from.

America in 1954 is not a safe place for two girls to fall in love, especially not in Chinatown. Red-Scare paranoia threatens everyone, including Chinese Americans like Lily Hu. With deportation looming over her father, Lily and Kath risk everything to let their love see the light of day.

“Full of characters, places, and moments that Zeller beautifully brings to life, this audiobook will break your heart and mend it.” –AudioFile

Author: Tae Keller
Read By: Greta Jung

When Lily moves in with her grandmother, a magical tiger straight out of her halmoni’s Korean folktales arrives. Long ago, Halmoni stole something from the tigers. Now they want it back. One of the tigers approaches Lily with a deal–return what her grandmother stole in exchange for Halmoni’s health–and she is tempted to agree. But deals with tigers are never what they seem!

In 1880, a young half-Asian girl named Hanna is adjusting to her new surroundings in a small town in America’s heartland, which primarily means negotiating the townspeople’s almost unanimous prejudice against Asians. Prairie Lotus introduces a captivating heroine whose wry, observant voice will resonate with listeners.

Author: David Yoon
Read By: Raymond J. Lee

Frank Li’s parents want him to date a nice Korean girl. This is a problem, since Frank is finally dating the girl of his dreams: Brit Means, who is funny, nerdy, and…white. Desperate to be with Brit, Frank turns to family friend Joy Song. Together they come up with a brilliant fake dating scheme and Frank thinks he’s found the solution to all his problems. What could possibly go wrong?

“Lee’s emotionally and culturally authentic performance will have listeners rooting for Frank through many twists and turns…”-AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner

Liza Yang is nearly perfect. But to her mom, Liza is anything but, especially when it comes to dating. Liza agrees to help out at Mrs. Yang’s bakery’s annual competition, but there’s a surprise catch: all of the contestants are young Asian American men her mother has picked for Liza to date. And worse…she finds herself attracted to one of the contestants.

Jay Reguero plans to spend the last semester of his senior year playing video games. But when he discovers that his Filipino cousin Jun was murdered as part of President Duterte’s war on drugs, and no one in the family wants to talk about what happened, Jay travels to the Philippines to find out the real story.

Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin.

“Guest excels at providing vibrant, distinct voices for a wide cast of characters. Maia’s voice, in particular, is carefully crafted…”-AudioFile

Author: Yoon Ha Lee
Read By: Kim Mai Guest

Thirteen-year-old Min, comes from a long line of fox spirits. To keep their family safe, Min’s mother insists that none of them use any fox-magic and appear human at all times. But then, Min’s older brother disappears, supposedly in order to desert his battle cruiser post; it’s something he’d never do. So, Min decides to run away, find him, and clear his name.

Author: Jessica Kim
Read By: Greta Jung

On the outside, Yumi Chung suffers from #shygirlproblems and kids calling her “Yu-MEAT” because she smells like her family’s Korean barbecue restaurant. On the inside, Yumi is ready for her stand-up special. Her notebook is filled with mortifying memories that she’s reworked into comedy gold. All she needs is a stage and courage.

“…Jung’s delivery and Kim’s writing are a winning combination.”-AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner

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