A is for Asian American

An Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Alphabet

The fabric of America is made up of countless threads weaving together different backgrounds and cultures. Using poetry and expository text, A is for Asian American: An Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Alphabet celebrates the cultures of and contributions from Asian Americans throughout our country's history. Letter topics include traditions in food, family, and social celebrations, as well as key moments in history and milestone achievements. A is for Asian American illuminates the amazing and ongoing role the Asian American community has played in the shaping of America. Front and back matter provides additional information, including a glossary.

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Interest Level Grade 1 - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 2
Dewey 973/.0495
Lexile 990L
ATOS Reading Level
Guided Reading Level X
Language English
Publisher Sleeping Bear Press
Available Formats Hardcover (9781534111370), PDF (9781534111974), Hosted ebook (9781534112513)
Copyright 2022
Number of Pages 40
Dimensions 11 x 9
Graphics Full-color illustrations

School Library Journal - A Is for Asian American: An Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Alphabet

“This upbeat collection of fascinating facts is supplemented by lively illustrations and appendices. A great resource for teachers; young readers will also be inspired to follow up and learn more.”

Kirkus Reviews - A is for Asian American: An Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Alphabet

“Bishop’s warm palette fills every page with soft lines and shapes, bringing to life charming portrayals of the subjects set against attractive backgrounds.”

Booklist - A Is for Asian American: An Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Alphabet

“The opening “A is for Asian American” sets an inclusive tone, revealing the many geographic areas that make up Asia and the Pacific Islands and how activists began to use the term Asian American to bring together these groups of peoples…A list of AAPI milestones, a glossary, and related activities add more context to this accessible, appealing, and much-needed resource.”

Author: Virginia Loh-Hagan

Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan was born in the luckiest of all years, the Year of the Dragon. She’s an author, university professor, curriculum designer, and former elementary school teacher. She was inspired to write this story after doing author visits. Her young audiences wanted to know more about Chinese New Year! She lives in San Diego with one well-trained husband and two very naughty dogs.

Illustrator: Tracy Nishimura Bishop

Tracy Nishimura Bishop is a fourth-generation Japanese American. She spent her elementary school years on a US Army base in Japan and discovered her love of drawing through manga and anime. Tracy studied illustration and animation at San José State University and has illustrated many picture and chapter books. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family. Learn more about Tracy at tracybishop.com and follow her on Instagram @tracybishopart.

Glossary of key words
Informative sidebars
Full-color illustrations