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May Reading Roundup: Books on AAPI Heritage, Mental Health Awareness, and more!

There's so much to celebrate this month! From Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month to Mental Health Awareness Month, this May is full of important initiatives — and learning opportunities for our little ones. To help facilitate these conversations, we've rounded up some book recommendations for each, such as books featuring Asian stories and characters to books about identifying our complex emotions.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

AAPI Heritage Month is dedicated to, "recognizing the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States." The AAPI umbrella encompasses a large variety of ethnicities and cultures, so this list is by no means exhaustive, but simply a starting place to open up your little one's world to the rich cultures and experiences of our AAPI friends!

The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi The Name Jar
by Yangsook Choi
Bilaal Cooks Daal by Aisha Saeed Bilaal Cooks Daal
by Aisha Saeed
Ohana Means Family by Ilima Loomis Ohana Means Family
by Ilima Loomis
When Lola Visits by Michelle Sterling When Lola Visits
by Michelle Sterling

Jewish American Heritage Month

May also represents Jewish Heritage Month, "paying tribute to the generations of Jewish Americans who have helped form the fabric of American history, culture and society." A melting pot of different faiths and religions, America is home to over 7.6 million Jewish Americans. We recommend these books to share more about Jewish American culture with your children because celebrating different cultures is a great way to understand each other!

Ezra’s Big Shabbat Question by Aviva L. Brown Ezra's Big Shabbat Question
by Aviva L. Brown
Here is The World by Lesléa Newman Here is The World
by Lesléa Newman
Fridays Are Special by Chris Barash Fridays Are Special
by Chris Barash
Chik Chak Shabbat by Mara Rockliff Chik Chak Shabbat
by Mara Rockliff
Lilah Tov Good Night by Ben Gundersheimer Lilah Tov Good Night
by Ben Gundersheimer

Mental Health Awareness Month

Another important initiative this May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a movement to raise awareness and advocacy around mental health, and it's a great opportunity to talk about what that means with our little ones. Kids – just like adults – have complex emotions, but being able to identify them and cope with them is no easy feat at a young age. These books tackle big conversations in easy, digestible ways that kids can understand and relate to!

My Strong Mind by Niels Van Hove My Strong Mind
by Niels Van Hove
My Monster and Me by Nadiya Hussain My Monster and Me
by Nadiya Hussain
The Way I Feel by Janan Cain The Way I Feel
by Janan Cain
Listening To My Body by Gabi Garcia Listening To My Body
by Gabi Garcia
Ruby’s Worry by Tom Percival Ruby’s Worry
by Tom Percival

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