AAPI Heritage Month Book Reading Initiative

Hello! We are Allison and Andrew, co-founders of Bright Book Readers. We are excited to share about our recent initiative to celebrate the 2021 Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Over the past year, there has been an alarming rise in the discrimination and hate against Asian Americans. Research shows that anti-Asian hate crimes have spiked by nearly 150% in major US cities.

To fight against those hate crimes, we need to raise our voice and tell our stories. We believe it is important to increase the visibility of Asian Americans and encourage people, especially the younger generation to learn more about the history and experience of Asian communities. 

We started the initiative called “Read YA And Children’s Books to Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month” in March 2021 for the celebration in May.  Our goal is to introduce more AAPI authors and their books to readers.

We first reached out to many AAPI Children’s and YA authors, asking them to send us some of their books.  Then, our next step was to distribute the books to some local K-12 schools for their AAPI heritage month (check out the photos at the end of this post). 

In the past weeks, we’ve got tremendous support from many authors. We have received over 250 brand new books from those authors. Many of the books feature Asian characters and tell stories about Asian identities and experiences. We are so grateful for their generous donations and whole-hearted support! 

A special shout-out to all of the AMAZING authors who have supported our initiative (Click their names to learn about about their wonderful books):

Aisha Saeed
Andrea Tang
Angie Kim
Anna Kim
Christina Soontornvat
E.L.Shen
Farhana Zia
Grace Lin
Jack Cheng
Janella Angeles
Jenny Lee
Jessica Kim
Kat Yeh
Kat Zhang
Malinda Lo
Nidhi Chanani
Randy Ribay
Roshani Chokshi
Sandhya Menon
Soman Chainani
Susan Tan
Swati Teerdhala
Thanhhà Lại
Tina Cho
Veera Hiranandani
Wendy Shang

We also like to thank Penguin Random House for the tremendous support!

The donated books are being distributed to 10+ public schools in Maryland. The school principals and librarians are excited about the books and will add them to the AAPI Heritage Month celebration. We truly appreciate their support and help to us! 

Through this project, we hope to build a community of acceptance and inclusion. 

As Vera Nazarian puts it, “Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.”