Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature

Given by Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA)

Other Names: APAAL
179 Works 147,538 Books 6,479 Reviews ½ 3.9
All, Winner (89), Honor Book (90)
All, 2024 (6), 2023 (8), 2022 (10), 2021 (8), 2020 (8), 2019 (10), 2018 (10), 2017 (9), 2016 (11), 2015 (10), 2014 (10), 2013 (10), 2012 (10), 2011 (11), 2010 (8), 2009 (10), 2008 (6), 2007 (6), 2006 (9), 2003 (8), 2001 (1)
January 22: Winner2024 Recent
January 22: Honor Book2024 Recent

Winner 89

Ruby Lost and Found by Christina LiChildren's2024
The Truth About Dragons by Julie LeungPicture Book2024
I'd Rather Burn Than Bloom by Shannon C. F. RogersYoung Adult2024
American Fever by Dur e Aziz AmnaAdult Fiction2023
The Loneliest Americans by Jay Caspian KangAdult Non-Fiction2023
Maizy Chen's Last Chance by Lisa YeeChildren's2023
From the Tops of the Trees by Kao Kalia YangPicture Book2023
Himawari House by Harmony BeckerYoung Adult2023
Shadow Life by Hiromi GotoAdult Fiction2022
Tastes Like War: A Memoir by Grace M. ChoAdult Non-Fiction2022
Amina's Song by Hena KhanChildren's2022
Watercress by Andrea WangPicture Book2022
Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda LoYoung Adult2022
How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam ZhangAdult Fiction2021
America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States by Erika LeeAdult Non-Fiction2021
When You Trap a Tiger by Tae KellerChildren's2021
Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist by Julie LeungPicture Book2021
This Light Between Us by Andrew FukudaYoung Adult2021
The Atlas of Reds and Blues by Devi S. LaskarAdult Fiction2020
Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad by Gordon H. ChangAdult Non-Fiction2020
Stargazing by Jen WangChildren's2020
Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom by Teresa RobesonPicture Book2020
They Called Us Enemy by George TakeiYoung Adult2020
The End of Peril, The End of Enmity, The End of Strife, A Haven by Thirii Myo Kyaw MyintAdult Fiction2019
Not Quite Not White: Losing and Finding Race in America by Sharmila SenAdult Non-Fiction2019
Front Desk by Kelly YangChildren's2019
Drawn Together by Minh LêPicture Book2019
Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib KhorramYoung Adult2019
The Leavers by Lisa KoAdult Fiction2018
Asianfail : narratives of disenchantment and the model minority by Eleanor TyAdult Non-Fiction2018
Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh by Uma KrishnaswamiChildren's2018
A Different Pond by Bao PhiPicture Book2018
It's Not Like It's a Secret by Misa SugiuraYoung Adult2018
Deceit and Other Possibilities by Vanessa HuaAdult Fiction2017
Picture Bride Stories by Barbara F. KawakamiAdult Non-Fiction2017
The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada KellyChildren's2017
Puddle by Hyewon YumPicture Book2017
Outrun the Moon by Stacey LeeYoung Adult2017
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh NguyenAdult Fiction2016
The Making of Asian America: A History by Erika LeeAdult Non-Fiction2016
Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn HiltonChildren's2016
Juna's Jar by Jane BahkPicture Book2016
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny HanYoung Adult2016
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste NgAdult Fiction2015
Dubious Gastronomy: The Cultural Politics of Eating Asian in the USA (Food in Asia and the Pacific) by Robert Ji-Song KuAdult Non-Fiction2015
Gaijin: American Prisoner of War by Matt FaulknerChildren's2015
Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri UegakiPicture Book2015
Tiger Girl (Gemma) by May-lee ChaiYoung Adult2015
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth OzekiAdult Fiction2014
Citizens of Asian America: Democracy and Race during the Cold War (Nations of Newcomers: Immigrant History As American History) by Cindy I-Fen ChengAdult Non-Fiction2014
The Thing About Luck by Cynthia KadohataChildren's2014
Red Kite, Blue Kite by Ji-li JiangPicture Book2014
Jet Black and the Ninja Wind by Leza LowitzYoung Adult2014
The Collective: A Novel by Don LeeAdult Fiction2013
The third Asiatic invasion : empire and migration in Filipino America, 1898-1946 by Rick BaldozAdult Non-Fiction2013
Chengli and the Silk Road Caravan by Hildi KangChildren's2013
Good Fortune in a Wrapping Cloth by Joan SchoettlerPicture Book2013
Tina's Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary by Keshni KashyapYoung Adult2013
The Submission by Amy WaldmanAdult Fiction2012
The Woman Who Could Not Forget: Iris Chang Before and Beyond the Rape of Nanking- A Memoir by Ying-Ying ChangAdult Non-Fiction2012
The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Wan Long ShangChildren's2012
The House Baba Built: An Artist's Childhood in China by Ed YoungPicture Book2012
Orchards by Holly ThompsonYoung Adult2012
I Hotel by Karen Tei YamashitaAdult Fiction2011
Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America by Erika LeeAdult Non-Fiction2011
Heart of a Samurai by Margi PreusChildren's2011
Yasmin's Hammer by Ann MalaspinaPicture Book2011
Shooting Kabul by N. H. SenzaiYoung Adult2011
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie FordAdult Fiction2010
American Chinatown: A People's History of Five Neighborhoods by Bonnie TsuiAdult Non-Fiction2010
Cora Cooks Pancit by Dorina K. Lazo GilmorePicture Book2010
Everything Asian: A Novel by Sung J. WooYouth Literature2010
Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa LahiriAdult Fiction2009
The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food by Jennifer LeeAdult Non-Fiction2009
Wabi Sabi by Mark ReibsteinPicture Book2009
Roots and Wings by Many LyYouth Literature2009
Driven Out: The Forgotten War Against Chinese Americans by Jean PfaelzerAdult Non-Fiction2008
Surfer of the Century: The Life of Duke Kahanamoku by Ellie CrowePicture Book2008
Hiroshima Dreams by Kelly EastonYouth Literature2008
Brothers by Da ChenAdult Fiction2007
The Legend of Hong Kil Dong: The Robin Hood of Korea by Anne Sibley O'BrienPicture Book2007
Nothing But the Truth (and a Few White Lies) by Justina Chen HeadleyYouth Literature2007
Aloft by Chang-Rae LeeAdult Literature2006
The Firekeeper's Son by Linda Sue ParkPicture Book2006
Kira-Kira by Cynthia KadohataYouth Literature2006
Life of Pi by Yann MartelAdult Fiction2003
Apple Pie Fourth of July by Janet S. WongPicture Book2003
A Step From Heaven by An NaYouth Literature2003
First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung UngAdult Non-Fiction2001

Honor Book 90

Parachute Kids: A Graphic Novel by Betty C. TangChildren's2024
Finding Papa by Angela Pham KransPicture Book2024
In Limbo: A Graphic Memoir by Deb JJ LeeYoung Adult2024
Troublemaker by John ChoChildren's2023
Nana, Nenek & Nina by Liza FerneyhoughPicture Book2023
The Silence that Binds Us by Joanna HoYoung Adult2023
Afterparties: Stories by Anthony Veasna SoAdult Fiction2022
Forced Out: A Nikkei Woman’s Search for a Home in America (Nikkei in the Americas) by Judy Y. KawamotoAdult Non-Fiction2022
Finding Junie Kim by Ellen OhChildren's2022
A Boy Named Isamu: A Story of Isamu Noguchi by James YangPicture Book2022
We Are Not Free by Traci CheeYoung Adult2022
Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue ParkChildren's2021
Danbi Leads the School Parade by Anna KimPicture Book2021
Displacement by Kiku HughesYoung Adult2021
I'm Ok by Patti KimChildren's2020
Bilal Cooks Daal by Aisha SaeedPicture Book2020
Frankly in Love by David YoonYoung Adult2020
Though I Get Home by YZ ChinAdult Fiction2019
Litany for the Long Moment by Mary-Kim ArnoldAdult Non-Fiction2019
The House That Lou Built by Mae RespicioChildren's2019
Grandmother's Visit by Betty QuanPicture Book2019
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. PanYoung Adult2019
The Refugees by Viet Thanh NguyenAdult Fiction2018
The Long Afterlife of Nikkei Wartime Incarceration (Asian America) by Karen M. InouyeAdult Non-Fiction2018
Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire by Susan TanChildren's2018
The Nian Monster by Andrea WangPicture Book2018
Saints and Misfits by S. K. AliYoung Adult2018
The Fortunes by Peter Ho DaviesAdult Fiction2017
Changing Season: A Father, A Daughter, A Family Farm by David Mas MasumotoAdult Non-Fiction2017
Momotaro Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters by Margaret DillowayChildren's2017
Watched by Marina BudhosYoung Adult2017
Don't Let Him Know by Sandip RoyAdult Fiction2016
The Good Immigrants: How the Yellow Peril Became the Model Minority by Madeline Y. HsuAdult Non-Fiction2016
From Canton Restaurant to Panda Express: A History of Chinese Food in the United States (Asian American Studies Today) by Haiming LiuAdult Non-Fiction2016
Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada KellyChildren's2016
Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music by Margarita EnglePicture Book2016
Ink and Ashes by Valynne E. MaetaniYoung Adult2016
The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing by Mira JacobAdult Fiction2015
Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self by Alex TizonAdult Non-Fiction2015
Ting Ting by Kristie HammondChildren's2015
Father's Chinese Opera by Rich LoPicture Book2015
The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen YangYoung Adult2015
The Gods of Heavenly Punishment by Jennifer Cody EpsteinAdult Fiction2014
Garden of the world Asian immigrants and the making of agriculture in California's Santa Clara Valley by Cecilia M. TsuAdult Non-Fiction2014
The Vine Basket by Josanne La ValleyChildren's2014
Barbed Wire Baseball by Marissa MossPicture Book2014
Gadget Girl: The Art of Being Invisible by Suzanne KamataYoung Adult2014
Drifting House by Krys LeeAdult Fiction2013
Forbidden citizens : Chinese exclusion and the U.S. Congress : a legislative history by Martin B. GoldAdult Non-Fiction2013
The Shark King by R. Kikuo JohnsonChildren's2013
A Path of Stars by Anne Sibley O'BrienPicture Book2013
Ichiro by Ryan InzanaYoung Adult2013
Leche by R. Zamora LinmarkAdult Fiction2012
The Bangladeshi diaspora in the United States after 9/11 from obscurity to high visibility by Shafiqur RahmanAdult Non-Fiction2012
Vanished by Sheela ChariChildren's2012
Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji by F. ZiaPicture Book2012
Level Up by Gene Luen YangYoung Adult2012
Bitter in the Mouth by Monique TruongAdult Fiction2011
Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History by Yunte HuangAdult Non-Fiction2011
You Have Given Me a Country: A Memoir by Neela VaswaniAdult Non-Fiction2011
Bamboo People by Mitali PerkinsChildren's2011
Fly Free! by Roseanne ThongPicture Book2011
A boy of Heart Mountain : story inspired by the experiences of Shigeru Yabu by Barbara BazalduaYoung Adult2011
Shanghai Girls by Lisa SeeAdult Fiction2010
Japanese American resettlement through the lens : Hikaru Carl Iwasaki and the WRA's Photographic Section, 1943-1945 by Lane Ryo HirabayashiAdult Non-Fiction2010
Tan to Tamarind: Poems About the Color Brown by Malathi Michelle IyengarPicture Book2010
Tofu Quilt by Ching Yeung RussellYouth Literature2010
Steer Toward Rock by Fae Myenne NgAdult Fiction2009
The Eaves of Heaven: A Life in Three Wars by Andrew X. PhamAdult Non-Fiction2009
The Latehomecomer by Kao Kalia YangAdult Non-Fiction2009
Monsoon Afternoon by Kashmira ShethPicture Book2009
1001 Cranes by Naomi HiraharaYouth Literature2009
Good Enough by Paula YooYouth Literature2009
Bento Box in the Heartland: My Japanese Girlhood in Whitebread America by Linda FuriyaAdult Non-Fiction2008
Hiromi's Hands by Lynne BaraschPicture Book2008
Keeping Corner by Kashmira ShethYouth Literature2008
Color of the Sea by John HamamuraAdult Fiction2007
Brothers by YinPicture Book2007
The Year of the Dog by Grace LinYouth Literature2007
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa SeeAdult Literature2006
Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy TanAdult Literature2006
Bread Song by Frederick LippPicture Book2006
Sixteen Years In Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story by Paula YooPicture Book2006
Shanghai Messenger by Andrea ChengYouth Literature2006
Project Mulberry by Linda Sue ParkYouth Literature2006
Tanuki's Gift by Tim MyersPicture Book2003
Coolies by YinPicture Book2003
Born Confused by Tanuja Desai HidierYouth Literature2003
Beacon Hill Boys by Ken MochizukiYouth Literature2003
A Single Shard by Linda Sue ParkYouth Literature2003


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