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One-Word Reviews for Ten Great Reads From Picture Books to YA

This month is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month here in the US, so that means many of my posts will try to highlight that. This week’s theme for Top Ten Tuesday (I know it is past Tuesday already!) is one-word reviews for the last ten books we read. Keeping the AAPI Heritage Month in mind, I looked back to find ten books with an Asian American theme (either author and/or main protagonists) that I most recently read (well, not really, some were a while ago) but had not reviewed.

And if you have visited my blog enough times, you know I can write reviews that are longer than the book itself (for picture books at least!) and so writing one-word reviews was certainly a challenge; and that challenge was one of the reasons this week’s Top Ten Tuesday post finally made its way out into the world on a Thursday.

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So here are my

One-Word Reviews for Ten Books with an AAPI Theme

(plus a million unspoken words that I am biting my literal-tongue so I do not type them all here by accident and mess up those one-word reviews!!)

Fauja Singh Keeps Going

Fauja Singh Keeps Going : The True Story of the Oldest Person to Ever Run a Marathon by Simran Jeet Singh and illustrated by Baljinder Kaur [Children’s Multicultural Biographies – 4 – 8 years]


If You Were Night

If You Were Night by Muon Thi Van and illustrated by Kelly Pousette [Children’s Nighttime Activity Books for 3 – 7 years, and up]


I’ll Go and Come Back

I’ll Go and Come Back by Rajani LaRocca and illustrated by Sara Palacios [Children’s Multigenerational Books for 3 – 7 years, and up]


Also, LaRocca’s Where Three Oceans Meet with Archana Sreenivasan’s illustrations – Stunning! And her middle-grade novel in verse Red, White, and Whole


THAO: A Picture Book by Thao Lam [Children’s Books/Prejudice, Racism, Bullying for 4 – 8 years, and up]


Thanks to NetGalley for the digital review copy of this book

Love in the Library

Love in the Library by Maggie Takuda-Hall and illustrated by Yas Imamura [Children’s 1900s US Historical Fiction for 5 – 9 years, and up]


Also, check out Kiyo Sato, a memoir (for 11 years and older)

A Different Pond

A Different Pond by Bao Phi and illustrated by Thi Bui [Children’s Books on Immigration for 6 – 8 years, and up]


The House that Lou Built

The House that Lou Built by Mae Respicio [Children’s Books on Girls’ & Women’s Issues/Family Life for 8 – 12 years, and up]


More to the Story

More to the Story by Hena Khan [Children’s Multicultural Fiction for 8 – 12 years, and up]


Be sure to check out Reem Faruqi’s Unsettled

Front Desk

Front Desk by Kelly Yang [Children’s Immigration/Social Issues Fiction for 8 – 12 years and up]


Love from A to Z

Love from A to Z by S. K. Ali [Teen & Young Adult Fiction on Prejudice]


A few other sweet YA AAPI romances include Radha & Jai’s Recipe for Romance, Counting Down With You, and Tokyo Ever After: A Novel (Tokyo Ever After, 1)

And Now, the End of this Post of One-Word Reviews!

Dear reader, have you read any of the featured books? If yes, what would be your one-word review for the book? Or you can share a one-word review for any recent read.

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8 thoughts on “One-Word Reviews for Ten Great Reads From Picture Books to YA

  1. I love this exercise you did! If I were to choose one to read off your word alone, it would be Humanity – Love in the Library

  2. I love this post but for some reason the book called “if You were night” really speaks to me! I can’t wait to read to my kids

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