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Celebrate Asian Heritage Month

Join us in closing off Asian Heritage Month for another year with these treasured books selected by Josiane Polidori, Head, Children's Literature

Swimming in the Monsoon Sea. Written by Shyam Selvadurai. Toronto : Tundra Books, 2005, 274 p. ISBN: 978-0-88776-834-7 (pbk) 978-0-88776-735-7 (bound)

Set in Sri Lanka in 1980 during the summer monsoon season, fourteen-year-old Amrith has no specific holiday plan until his cousin Niresh arrives from Canada.

  • CLA Book of the Year 2006
  • Finalist for the 2006 Governor General's Literary Award, children's literature (text)

Our New Home- Immigrant Children Speak. Edited by Emily Hearn and Marywinn Milne. Toronto : Second Story Press, 2007, 129 p. ISBN: 978-1-897187-32-6

Children from around the world share their stories and artwork to tell about the excitement and challenges of moving to a new country.



Shu-Li and Tamara. Written by Paul Yee, illustrated by Shaoli Wang. Vancouver, London : Tradewind Books, 2007, 72 p. ISBN: 978-1-896580-93-7

Shu- Li's family moved to Canada from China. She befriends her classmate Tamara who just moved into the neighbourhood.

Mr. Hiroshi's Garden. Written by Maxine Trottier, illustrated by Paul Morin. Markham : Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 1999, 2006, 30 p. ISBN: 1-55005-152-0

After visiting her grandmother for the summer in Vancouver, Mary befriends her neighbour, Mr. Hiroshi and helps him with his garden. After Mr. Hiroshi is interned due to Second World War, Mary promises to take care of his garden.

Tam et Cam- Conte vietnamien, by Cécile Gagnon, ill. Jacinthe Plante. Collection Korrigan. Montréal, Éditions de l'Isatis, 2008, ISBN : 978-2-923234-43-4

Tam is a traditional Vietnamese tale similar to the Cinderella story. Tam received help from Buddha to fight against the wickedness of both her stepmother and half- sister.