Books We Love

We work with lots of amazing books and love to take the opportunity to highlight our favorites.  Each month, our literacy team selects a few of our favorite books to share with our community. We will be sharing amazing books for a wide age range.  We will also use this space to highlight the voices and stories of those from historically marginalized groups. You can donate any of these titles and previous Books We Love using our Book Wish List.

April

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Eyes that Speak to the Stars
Joanna Ho (Author), Dung Ho (Illustrator), HarperCollins (Publisher)

A young boy comes to recognize his own power and ability to change the future. When a friend at school creates a hurtful drawing, the boy turns to his family for comfort. He realizes that his eyes rise to the skies and speak to the stars, shine like sunlit rays, and glimpse trails of light from those who came before—in fact, his eyes are like his father’s, his agong’s, and his little brother’s, and they are visionary.

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Ohana Means Family
Ilima Loomis (Author), Kenard Pak (Illustrator), Neal Porter Books (Publisher)

This is the land that's never been sold, where work the hands, so wise and old, that reach through the water, clear and cold, into the mud to pick the taro to make the poi for our ohana's luau.

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New From Here
Kelly Yang (Author), Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers (Publisher) 

From the New York Times bestselling author of Front Desk comes a poignant middle grade novel about courage, hope, and resilience as an Asian American boy fights to keep his family together and stand up to racism during the initial outbreak of the coronavirus.

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A Magic Steeped in Poison
Judy I. Lin (Author), Feiwel and Friends (Publisher)
 

For Ning, the only thing worse than losing her mother is knowing that it's her own fault. She was the one who unknowingly brewed the poison tea that killed her―the poison tea that now threatens to also take her sister, Shu.

 

When Ning hears of a competition to find the kingdom's greatest shennong-shi―masters of the ancient and magical art of tea-making―she travels to the imperial city to compete. The winner will receive a favor from the princess, which may be Ning's only chance to save her sister's life.

 

But between the backstabbing competitors, bloody court politics, and a mysterious (and handsome) boy with a shocking secret, Ning might actually be the one in more danger.