May is Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month! Educate, celebrate, and have a world of fun with audiobooks for every member of your family by AANHPI authors, featuring AANHPI characters and prominent figures.
From sweet and inspiring picture books to middle grade adventures to sweeping stories for teens, the audiobooks featured here are for everyone. This list is by no means exhaustive, but it is a place to celebrate AANHPI excellence in books, introduce children and teens to the vast diversity in cultures that make up AANHPI heritage, and to find your familyâ€™s new favorite listen.
For Little Listeners
From NYT bestselling author Kelly Yang comes Yes We Will, a picture book adapted for audio, about Asian American changemakers–from musicians to astronauts to politicians–doing everything they dreamed of and inspiring all of us to reach for new heights.
Neela loves cooking with her amma. It makes her feel closer to her paati who lives far away in India. Neela and Amma go to the green market for tomatoes to make Paati’s famous sauce. As Neela and Amma learn about different kinds of tomatoes and cook together, they find a way for Paati to share in both the love and the flavors of the day in Tomatoes for Neela.
In the 15th century four Mahu, extraordinary individuals of dual male and female spirit, sail from Tahiti to Hawaii and share their gifts of science and healing with the people of Waikiki. The islanders return this gift with a monument of four boulders in their honor, which the Mahu imbue with healing powers before disappearing. In Kapaemahu, the power of the Mahu still calls out to those who pass by them at Waikiki Beach today.
For Middle Graders
Theo Tan doesn’t want a spirit companion. He just wants to be a normal American kid. But, when his older brother dies, Theo ends up inheriting Jamie’s fox spirit, Kai, who isnâ€™t happy about the arrangement either. In Theo Tan and the Fox Spirit, Theo must learn to embrace his heritage and work with Kai to solve the mystery of his brother’s death.
Maizy has never been to Last Chance, Minnesotaâ€¦until now. As Maizy spends more time in Last Chance (where she and her family are the only Asian Americans) and at the Golden Palaceâ€”the restaurant thatâ€™s been in her family for generationsâ€”she makes discoveries and unearths family secrets. Find the answers in Maizy Chenâ€™s Last Chance.
Thom Ngoh thought the Monkey King was her friend, but really he was just usingâ€“and trickingâ€“her. Now the Monkey King is waging a war and Thom must do everything in her power to fix the mess she made. In Girl Giant and the Jade War, Thom and her friends set off on a far flung adventure to save the Heavens and the Jade Emperor from certain destruction.
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