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.

RIF Read-Aloud Videos

Literacy Network

The RIF (Reading is Fundamental) web site has some great read-alouds.

Look for: “The Day the Crayons Quit,” “Blueberries for Sal.” “Sylvester and the Magic Pebble,” “If You Take a Mouse to School,” “Cat in the Hat,” “Green Eggs and Ham,” “The Little Engine that Could,” “Pat the Bunny,” “Frog and Toad,” “Winnie the Pooh,” ….. and many more.

Music for Young Children

If you’re looking for new children’s music, check out the digital offerings available to you through Hoopla. While my three-year-old would definitely recommend Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Tiger Family Trip as the best album ever produced, you’ll find lots of other great options by artists including Dan Zanes, The Laurie Berkner Band, and Lisa Loeb and Elizabeth Mitchell, as well as many offerings from Putumayo World Music.