Celebrating Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

We celebrate Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month in May to commemorate both the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants on May 7, 1843 and the completion of the transcontinental railroad—built in large part by Chinese immigrants—on May 10, 1869. Many student activities and a rich collection of primary resources can be found on the Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month website put together by the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, and others.

If you’re searching for great children’s books to celebrate, this year’s APALA (Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association) winner Stargazing, the terrific children’s graphic novel by Jen Wang, is available on Overdrive, as is the picture book winner, the nonfiction story Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom.

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