I've set lofty goals of trying to be done with holiday shopping this week. I've done my duty, and done a decent amount of shopping in the last couple of days. My favorite gifts for kids, however, are books. I remember who gave me most of the books I've received as gifts. The other things don't seem to stick around for as long, especially for kids. Recently, as we've been going through my childhood book collection, it's always nice to see an inscription and a familiar name.
So, here are some of my favorite and most coveted Asian American books for this holiday season:
Wave, by Suzy Lee
This book is so simple, yet so joyful! There are no words in this book, but the beautiful artwork creates a wonderful story that made my daughter smile.
Skim, by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
I'm really into graphic novels recently, if only because they're about the only novels I can actually finish these days. I think they're a perfect medium for conveying some of these coming of age type stories. I hope this book lands under my tree this season.