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|Chinese working on the transcontinental railroad|
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Children's Books About Early Chinese-American History
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Coolies by Yin is the beautifully illustrated story of two brothers who immigrate to the United States to work on the Transcontinental railway. This is a great book for kids to learn about the dangers and discrimination faced by the Chinese railway workers that made such an important contribution to American history.
Age range 7-10 (but would definitely be enjoyed by older elementary kids)
Brothers by Yin, a sequel to Coolies, is the story of a young boy who just arrives in San Francisco from China to live with his brother who runs a store in Chinatown. This beautifully illustrated story gives a sense of San Francisco in the 1880's, the fears and prejudices experienced by Chinese immigrants, and the power of looking beyond racial differences. There's also an endpage with historical information about Irish and Chinese immigration, as well as the development of Chinatown. Age range 7-10 (but would definitely be enjoyed by older elementary kids)
Earthquake by Milly Lee is a picture book describing one family's experience during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. This book is based on the true story of the author's mother and includes a fascinating end page with historical information about earthquake, and the struggle for safety many faced.
Age range 4-8
Landed by Milly Lee is another great, informational picture story book about early Chinese immigration. Based on her father in law's true story, a 12 year old boy leaves China for the "Gold Mountain" in America. Because of the 1882 Chinese exclusion act, he is detained at Angel Island for weeks. This is a great book to learn about the fear and preparations many Chinese went through in hopes of finding a new home.
Age range 9-12
Paper Son: Lee's Journey to America (Tales of Young Americans) by Helen Foster James is another beautifully illustrated book telling the story of young Chinese immigrants who hope to move to America for a better life. Being a paper son means he has to pretend to be the son of a family that already lives in America, which means weeks of preparations to answer the hours of interrogations found on Angel Island.
Age range 7-11
*Both of these books are award winners.
Age range: 8-12
Want more books and activities to celebrate Asian-Pacific Heritage Month?
- Pragmatic Mom features books and book lists galore. You can find her recommendations tagged for Asian Americans here.
- Crafty Moms Share put together an excellent resource of books featuring the various cultures celebrated for Asian-Pacific heritage month that can be found here.
- All of the books featuring China and the Chinese culture that we read and enjoyed in 2013 are tagged here.
- Our Top 10 posts of 2013 exploring the Chinese culture can be found here.
- Tutorials to learn about the Four Great Chinese inventions with far reaching and historical impact can be found here.
- My pinterest boards to explore China , Japan, India and Hawaii
- Check out the great posts put together by the co-hosts of this blog hop that celebrate these diverse cultures and the various activities linked up to the linky below.
In honor of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, Multicultural Kid Blogs is sponsoring a blog hop, and you are invited! We are celebrating the cultures and peoples of this diverse region by sharing our posts and asking other bloggers to do the same! Our hope is to create a wonderful resource for celebrating Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month with children. Be sure to visit the co-hosts of the blog hop (listed below) and share your own posts at the linky at the bottom! You can find even more resources on this region in our Asia and Australia and Oceania boards on Pinterest!
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