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📚 Derek’s Reading Corner: Books for Asian Heritage Month 📚

Updated: May 25, 2022


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We will feature curated books that discuss culture, tradition, travel, imagination, exploration, life experiences, self discovery and of course so much more!

Here are some of Derek’s book selections this MAY for Asian Heritage Month & Jewish Heritage Month


Asian Heritage Month Books

Eyes That Speak to the Stars

by Joanna Ho and Dung Ho

A young Asian boy notices that his eyes look different from his peers' after seeing his friend’s drawing of them. After talking to his father, the boy realizes that his eyes rise to the skies and speak to the stars, shine like sunlit rays, and glimpse trails of light from those who came before—in fact, his eyes are like his father’s, his agong’s, and his little brother’s, and they are visionary.

Inspired by the men in his family, he recognizes his own power and strength from within.


Eyes that Kiss in the Corners

by Joanna Ho and Dung Ho

A young Asian girl notices that her eyes look different from her peers'. They have big, round eyes and long lashes. She realizes that her eyes are like her mother’s, her grandmother's, and her little sister's. They have eyes that kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea, crinkle into crescent moons, and are filled with stories of the past and hope for the future. Drawing from the strength of these powerful women in her life, she recognizes her own beauty and discovers a path to self love and empowerment.


The Seed of Compassion: Lessons from the Life and Teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

by His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Bao Luu

One of today's most inspiring world leaders was once an ordinary child named Lhamo Thondup. In a small village in Tibet, his mother was his first great teacher of compassion. In everyday moments from his childhood, young readers begin to see that important lessons are all around us, and that they, too, can grow to truly understand them.

With simple, powerful text, the Dalai Lama shares the universalist teachings of treating one another with compassion, which Bao Luu illustrates beautifully in vibrant color. In an increasingly confusing world, The Seed of Compassion offers guidance and encouragement on how we all might bring more kindness to it.


Little People, Big Dreams: Mahatma Gandhi

by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara and Albert Arrayas

New in the Little People, Big Dreams series, discover the life of Mohandas Gandhi, the father of India, in this true story of his life. As a young teenager in India, Gandhi led a rebellious life and went against his parents' values. But as a young man, he started to form beliefs of his own that harked back to the Hindu principles of his childhood. Gandhi began to dream of unity for all peoples and religions. Inspired by this idea, he led peaceful protests to free India from British rule and unite the country—ending violence and unfair treatment. His bravery and free-thinking made him one of the most iconic people of peace in the world, known as 'Mahatma' meaning 'great soul'.


Jewish Heritage Month Books


by Andrew Larsen and Sandy Nichols.

This is the SWEETEST book about a boy and his grandfather who bring bagels to their friends every Sunday morning. Then when his grandfather falls and is ordered to rest for two weeks, the boy decides to carry on the tradition on his own. This book will make you crave bagels. More importantly, it has Yiddish words sprinkled throughout and is a great way to talk to your kids about Jewish culture.


I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark

by Debbie Levy (Goodreads Author), Elizabeth Baddeley (Illustrator)

Get to know celebrated Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—in the first picture book about her life—as she proves that disagreeing does not make you disagreeable!

Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has spent a lifetime disagreeing: disagreeing with inequality, arguing against unfair treatment, and standing up for what’s right for people everywhere. This biographical picture book about the Notorious RBG, tells the justice’s story through the lens of her many famous dissents, or disagreements.


Chik Chak Shabbat

by Mara Rockliff and Kyrsten Brooker.

Celebrate Shabbat, community, and diverse traditions with this lyrical tale, illustrated with a lively and whimsical touch.

When Goldie Simcha doesn’t joyfully throw open her door to welcome everyone in to her apartment for a meal of her famous cholent, her neighbors wonder what could be wrong. Little Lali Omar knocks on the door to 5-A, only to learn that Goldie was feeling too sick on Friday to cook, and everyone knows you can’t make cholent in a hurry, right away, chik chak! But it just isn’t Shabbat without cholent. What can her neighbors do to save the day? In an uplifting story that warms more than your heart, Chik Chak Shabbat offers a cholent recipe that keeps Goldie’s sharing spirit alive.


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The Book Wardrobe is an independent, local bookstore in Streetsville Mississauga, run by a Filipina. As you know, LCCC loves to support local and POC businesses.

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