Asian and Asian American Books

From the Far East to the Middle East, Southeast Asia to the South Asian subcontinent, this list of more than 40 books covers a lot of geographical ground. Kids, tweens, and teens will find all sorts of exciting stories about people who live in or have ancestors in many different Asian countries, including Japan, China, the Philippines, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Historical fiction, fantasy, coming-of-age novels, immigrant tales, mysteries, graphic novels -- the genres are almost as numerous as the countries where the stories are set. So dig in! And be sure to also check out our list of Books with Characters of Color.

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Cinnamon Book Poster Image
Beautiful art distinguishes Indian-style princess tale.
By Neil Gaiman
(2017)
(2017)
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Tikki Tikki Tembo Book Poster Image
Gorgeous Chinese folktale is a fun, memorable read.
By Arlene Mosel
(2014)
(1968)
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I Am Gandhi : Ordinary People Change the World Book Poster Image
Engaging picture bio of Indian hero, nonviolence pioneer.
By Brad Meltzer
(2017)
(2017)
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Katie Woo Series Book Poster Image
Relatable stories in short chapters have good life lessons.
By Fran Manushkin
(2015)
(2011)
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Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same! Book Poster Image
Twins embrace individuality in funny book for new readers.
By Grace Lin
(2011)
(2010)
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The Chinese Emperor's New Clothes Book Poster Image
Clever twist on classic tale adds dimension and great art.
By Ying Chang Compestine
(2018)
(2017)
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The Year of the Book: Anna Wang, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Charming story of lonely, book-loving girl who finds friend.
By Andrea Cheng
(2012)
(2012)
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Ruby Lu Series Book Poster Image
Spirited Ruby faces changing family, friends in fun series.
By Lenore Look
(2016)
(2004)
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Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom Book Poster Image
Girl conquers middle school worries in fun graphic novel.
By Booki Vivat
(2016)
(2016)
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The Jungle Book Book Poster Image
Mowgli and more in timeless, suspenseful tales.
By Rudyard Kipling
(2012)
(1894)
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Tua and the Elephant Book Poster Image
Fun, exciting tale of Thai girl who rescues an elephant.
By R.P. Harris
(2012)
(2012)
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When Heaven Fell Book Poster Image
Snapshot of Vietnamese culture past and present.
By Carolyn Marsden
(2007)
(2007)
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When the Sea Turned to Silver Book Poster Image
Rich folklore-fantasy blend makes a great read-aloud.
By Grace Lin
(2016)
(2016)
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The Fold Book Poster Image
Insightful and frank novel explores beauty in America.
By An Na
(2008)
(2008)
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Hello, Universe Book Poster Image
Charming tale of friendship, courage, and self-acceptance.
By Erin Entrada Kelly
(2017)
(2017)
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Parade of Shadows Book Poster Image
Historical, intriguing mystery-adventure-romance.
By Gloria Whelan
(2007)
(2007)
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The Popularity Papers Book Poster Image
Good-hearted story about popularity's true meaning.
By Amy Ignatow
(2010)
(2010)
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Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes Book Poster Image
Moving book about dying girl who became symbol for peace.
By Eleanor Coerr
(2007)
(2005)
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Amal Unbound Book Poster Image
Compelling story of girl in Pakistan forced to be a servant.
By Aisha Saeed
(2018)
(2018)
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Bridge of Time Book Poster Image
Clever tale of present-day kids lost in 1864 San Francisco.
By Lewis Buzbee
(2012)
(2012)
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Counting by 7s Book Poster Image
Striking tale of quirky girl connecting after parental loss.
By Holly Goldberg Sloan
(2013)
(2013)
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The Grand Plan to Fix Everything Book Poster Image
Young girl's Bollywood-esque adventure is lots of fun.
By Uma Krishnaswami
(2011)
(2011)
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Hannah's Winter Book Poster Image
Moody, complex Japanese fantasy blends reality and mystery.
By Kierin Meehan
(2009)
(2009)
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I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World Book Poster Image
Inspiring memoir of teen Nobel laureate shot by Taliban.
By Malala Yousafzai, Patricia McCormick
(2014)
(2014)
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Inside Out and Back Again Book Poster Image
Inspiring, educational immigrant story told in free verse.
By Thanhha Lai
(2011)
(2011)
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Kira-Kira Book Poster Image
Girl faces racism, sister's cancer in touching tale.
By Cynthia Kadohata
(2005)
(2005)
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Pashmina Book Poster Image
Big-hearted graphic novel explores Indian culture.
By Nidhi Chanani
(2017)
(2017)
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Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party Book Poster Image
Gripping story, great intro to China's Cultural Revolution.
By Ying Chang Compestine
(2008)
(2007)
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Secrets of the Terra-Cotta Soldier Book Poster Image
Boy joins a come-to-life clay soldier in exciting adventure.
By Ying Chang Compestine, Vinson Compestine
(2014)
(2014)
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Shooting Kabul Book Poster Image
Life and 9/11 through lens of 11-year-old Afghan immigrant.
By N. H. Senzai
(2011)
(2011)
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Small Acts of Amazing Courage Book Poster Image
Feisty heroine provides eye-opening look at colonial India.
By Gloria Whelan
(2011)
(2011)
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The Thing About Luck Book Poster Image
Migrant worker girl faces big responsibility in sweet story.
By Cynthia Kadohata
(2013)
(2013)
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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Book Poster Image
Chinese girl's Oz-like adventure begging to be read aloud.
By Grace Lin
(2010)
(2009)
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Beneath My Mother's Feet Book Poster Image
Great mom-daughter read about a Pakistani teen.
By Amjed Qamar
(2008)
(2008)
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Weedflower Book Poster Image
Fresh perspective on WWII Japanese internment camps in U.S.
By Cynthia Kadohata
(2009)
(2009)
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Boxers & Saints Book Poster Image
Exciting graphic-novel set is powerful historical fiction.
By Gene Luen Yang
(2013)
(2013)
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The Epic Crush of Genie Lo Book Poster Image
Gripping fantasy with strong characters, humor, adventure.
By F.C. Yee
(2017)
(2017)
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Gilded Book Poster Image
Adventurous fantasy weaves Korean mythology, martial arts.
By Christina L. Farley
(2014)
(2014)
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A Moment Comes Book Poster Image
Moving coming-of-age story set amid creation of Pakistan.
By Jennifer Bradbury
(2013)
(2013)
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Nine Days Book Poster Image
Gripping search for missing dad, based on a true story.
By Fred Hiatt
(2013)
(2013)
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Secret Keeper Book Poster Image
Cultural peek into 1970s India through a girl's eyes.
By Mitali Perkins
(2009)
(2009)
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Tiger's Curse, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Twilight for cat lovers.
By Colleen Houck
(2011)
(2011)
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Tiger Moon Book Poster Image
Fantasy tale of adventure and intrigue in colonial India.
By Antonia Michaelis
(2009)
(2008)
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Tokyo Heist Book Poster Image
Manga, art, and life lessons in top-notch mystery adventure.
By Diana Renn
(2012)
(2012)
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You Bring the Distant Near Book Poster Image
Empowering tale of pursuing dreams, honoring heritage.
By Mitali Perkins
(2017)
(2017)
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American Born Chinese Book Poster Image
First graphic novel to win major child lit awards.
By Gene Luen Yang
(2007)
(2006)
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Shiva's Fire Book Poster Image
An introduction to India's complex social system.
By Suzanne Fisher Staples
(2003)
(2000)
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To All the Boys I've Loved Before, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Sassy sisters steal the show in well-told romantic read.
By Jenny Han
(2014)
(2014)
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Shadow of the Fox Book Poster Image
Samurai, demons, Japanese folklore: very cool, kind of gory.
By Julie Kagawa
(2018)
(2018)
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Something in Between Book Poster Image
Teen romance inspires empathy for immigrants.
By Melissa de la Cruz
(2016)
(2016)
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When Dimple Met Rishi Book Poster Image
Opposites begin to attract in sweet arranged-union tale.
By Sandhya Menon
(2017)
(2017)
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The Counterfeit Family Tree of Vee Crawford-Wong Book Poster Image
Angsty tale of Chinese-American teen questioning his roots.
By L. Tam Holland
(2013)
(2013)
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Eleanor & Park Book Poster Image
Intense '80s romance is a fabulous pick for mature teens.
By Rainbow Rowell
(2013)
(2013)
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The Good Earth Book Poster Image
Gritty, moving tale of couple in turn-of-the century China.
By Pearl S. Buck
(2011)
(1931)
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I Believe in a Thing Called Love Book Poster Image
Girl uses Korean TV dramas as guide in charming romance.
By Maurene Goo
(2017)
(2017)
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The Joy Luck Club Book Poster Image
Sweeping story of bicultural mother-daughter friction.
By Amy Tan
(2010)
(1989)
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Picture Us in the Light Book Poster Image
Compelling story of friendship, family, loss, and secrets.
By Kelly Loy Gilbert
(2018)
(2018)
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The Sun Is Also a Star Book Poster Image
Beautiful and philosophical love story is deeply moving.
By Nicola Yoon
(2016)
(2016)
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Never Fall Down Book Poster Image
Harrowing true story of boy in Cambodia's Killing Fields.
By Patricia McCormick
(2012)
(2012)
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Kim Book Poster Image
Kim
Classic about complex Indian cultures best for older teens.
By Rudyard Kipling
(2012)
(1901)
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The Kite Runner Book Poster Image
Brilliant, violent Afghanistan novel will enlighten teens.
By Khaled Hosseini
(2012)
(2003)
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Life of Pi Book Poster Image
Fascinating survival tale with animal facts, gory detail.
By Yann Martel
(2011)
(2001)
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