A Child's Introduction to Asian American and Pacific Islander History

The Heroes, the Stories, and the Cultures that Helped to Build America


By Naomi Hirahara

Illustrated by Sarah Demonteverde

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This item is a preorder. Your payment method will be charged immediately, and the product is expected to ship on or around April 9, 2024. This date is subject to change due to shipping delays beyond our control.

The perfect primer for kids ages 8-12, A Child's Introduction to Asian American and Pacific Islander History is packed with remarkable stories, groundbreaking events, and inspirational people, that have made a lasting impact on the history and culture of the United States.

The latest entry in the award-winning Child’s Introduction series is an inspirational and essential look at the impact and influence that AAPI peoples have made to the culture of the United States. The book is packed with profiles of dozens of AAPI trailblazers from from all walks of life, including political activist Grace Lee Boggs, Vice President Kamala Harris, actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and dozens of others who have made contributions to music, food, sciences, technology, and more. Kids will learn key terms like "Asian American" and "Pacific Islander," how to pronounce common Asian names,  and the discrimination members of the community have faced (and continue to face). They will be introduced to a wide variety of traditions, from Diwali to Lunar New Year and signature dishes, like poi and pho, all giving greater visibility to Asian Americans for young learners. 
Featuring charming illustrations and a lively design, as well as a pull-out poster, A Child's Introduction to Asian American and Pacific Islander History is much-needed addition every home library and classroom.

  • “Beautifully and vibrantly illustrated…. Both a quality reference source as well as a fun, lively read, this book makes a great addition to any young readers' library.”  
  • “A vibrant and enlightening history…. [The illustrations] are bursting with bold, contrasting colors and textures, and maps, timelines, and sidebars throughout aid in understanding.”
    Kirkus Reviews

On Sale
Apr 9, 2024
Page Count
96 pages

Naomi Hirahara

About the Author

Naomi Hirahara is the award-winning author of history books, mysteries, and YA fiction. A former editor of The Rafu Shimpo newspaper and curator of historical exhibitions, she received her B.A. in international relations from Stanford University. Her nonfiction book Terminal Island: Lost Communities of Los Angeles Harbor won the Bruckman Award for Excellence from the Los Angeles Public Library. Her MG book, 1001 Cranes, was awarded honorable mention in youth literature from the Asian/Pacific American Libraries Association. Her Edgar Award-winning Mas Arai mystery series has been translated into Japanese, French and Korean.

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Sarah Demonteverde

About the Illustrator

Sarah Demonteverde is a Filipino-American illustrator and designer based in the Greater Los Angeles Area. Combining her love for the vividness of life and unique narratives, she enjoys illustrating nature, culture, fantasy, and other enjoyable subject matter. She has illustrated several books including Hi’iaka and Pana’ewa: A Hawaiian Graphic Legend and You’re More than a Sprout. When she’s not drawing, she enjoys gardening, playing Hawaiian slack-key guitar, cooking, spending time with family, and searching up all the diverse eateries LA has to offer.

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