A heritage to celebrate

Just For Parents

May 07, 2000|By Athima Chansanchai

During May's Asian-Pacific-American Heritage celebrations, the Organization of Chinese Americans swings into full gear with its National Service Project to Promote Literacy in the Community. The group's yearlong commitment will provide books by Asian-Pacific-American authors to public libraries across the nation. These donations intend to increase the visibility of Asian Americans, their history and diversity, by providing a more complete picture of this complex community. In conjunction with the American Library Association, the Organization of Chinese Americans developed a children's reading list with Asian-Pacific-American themes and authors. Access the complete list at www.ocanatl.org/apabook.htm. Here are suggested picture books:

* "Amah" and "The Imp That Ate My Homework" by Lawrence Yep

* "Ashok by any Other Name" and "Char Siu Bao Boy" by Sandra Yamate

* "Children of Asian America" by Sheila Hamanaka

* "F is for Fabulous", "Necessary Roughness," "Say Goodbye" and "Night of the Chupacabras" by Marie Lee

* "New Cat" by Yangsook Choi

On Wednesdays: The Just for Kids section with read-aloud story, puzzles and poster

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