May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month and we’re celebrating by amplifying AAPI voices! Check out what we’ve got planned virtually and in person!
MaiStoryBook x SCCM Story & Craft
We’ve partnered with Maya Le Espiritu, a teacher, artist and children’s book reviewer, to bring you a four-part video miniseries highlighting children’s books featuring Asian characters, authors and illustrators! Learning about different cultures helps drive acceptance and respect, and picture books are a wonderful way to introduce kids to diversity!
Check out @MaiStoryBookLibrary for book reviews and learning resources OR head to MaiStoryBook on YouTube for a collection of interactive read-alouds! In light of the rise in violent and racist attacks against the AAPI community this past year, Maya also created an initiative to upload and share a new Interactive Read Aloud video featuring an Asian children’s book every weekday in May to her YouTube channel. The goal is to highlight Asian and Pacific Islander communities and voices and to help start conversations with little learners about current events.
Artist and Illustrator, Joy Hwang Ruiz (@momisdrawing)
Artist and illustrator Joy Hwang Ruiz is taking over our Instagram Stories on MAY 8TH! You may know Joy from her illustrations about parenthood or from her book, Every Little Letter (written by Deborah Underwood). She is also the artist behind the portraits of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Chef Niki and Chef Carole from our Story & Craft: Trailblazers series! Joy is working on some amazing projects right now, such as @babydovecare for caregivers and multiple picture books illustrations including: My Moms Love Me, a book that highlights LGBTQ+ moms, and Sometimes Love, a book that shares love in military family life. Check out her Web site momisdrawing.com for free downloadables, including Every Little Letter coloring pages!
Educator and book curator, Shuli de la Fuente-Lau (@AsianLitForKids)
Shuli de la Fuente-Lau, the curator behind @AsianLitForKids, is taking over our Instagram Stories on MAY 15th to share some of her favorite books featuring AAPI characters and introducing us to some must-follow AAPI content creators! A longtime educator (she’s currently assistant principal of instruction in an urban elementary school and the Content Lead at LittleFeminist.com, a monthly book club subscription and publishing house), Shuli is a specialist in early literacy. She started @AsianLitForKids less than a year ago to highlight children’s books featuring characters of Asian and other BIPOC identities and has already built a community of 28K+!
Author, Katrina Liu (@minalearnschinese)
Katrina Liu, the author behind the dual-language Mina Learns Chinese books, is taking over our Instagram Stories on MAY 21st! Growing up American-born-Chinese/Taiwanese, Katrina tried really hard to fit in and even pushed away everything about her culture. Now that she is a mom herself, she wants her daughter Mina to feel confident in herself and proud of her culture and heritage. Katrina created her dual-language books for non-native speakers and like-minded parents interested in fostering the development of dual-language with their children.
In addition to Story & Crafts featuring Ohana Means Family and trailblazer Maya Lin, we’ll also be posting two Cantonese-English bilingual Story and Crafts this month, featuring read-alouds of Katrina’s books Mina’s Ups and Downs and I Love Boba! Catch those on IGTV or, you can always find them on the the Story and Craft page!