List of Hmong Children’s Books: Board Books, Picture Books, Chapter Books and Graphic Novels

Last updated: April 14, 2021

Growing up as a Hmong-American girl in a mainly Caucasian community, it was difficult to find books (picture books, chapter books, novels, and graphic novels) featuring Hmong characters or experiences or books written or drawn by Hmong individuals. I always felt insecure about being Hmong and there were not enough resources to reassure the way I was feeling. 

In a way, I felt like our narratives didn’t matter when they barely exist in literature or the media. I often wondered to myself if there is someone out there going through the same things I’m going through?

For the longest time, I didn’t bother with my culture. I thought that if nobody cared about it, why should I?

It wasn’t until I took a children’s literature course in college that I realized the importance of portraying diversity in books. I learned that a good book can aide a child’s growth and that books can provide answers to some of our issues and questions in life. Good books connect with our emotions and show the world in a way which we may never have imagined. When you portray diversity in literature, you have the ability to empower an individual, and when you empower someone, you’re letting them know their voices matter. You’re showing them they are capable of doing anything!

And so, I embarked on a mission to search for books that feature Hmong characters or Hmong-related subject matters, or books written or drawn by Hmong individuals. Over the years, I’ve compiled a list of published and self-published books with these qualities.

I hope that my list will continue to grow as I am certain there are authors, illustrators, publishers, librarians, educators, parents, and readers who feel it is important to have books for all children. I hope that the children of the future will be able to open books and see themselves as the main character of their story.

List of more Hmong books: http://talkstorytogether.org/asian-pacific-american-book-list/hmong-and-hmong-american

BOARD BOOKS

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PICTURE BOOKS

yangwarriors    Mermaid+Cover    kuvpog   

themostbeautifulthing    PuagThaumUb-Cover_1024x1024@2x

thesharedroom    IMG_4294_grande    Jungle-Book-Cover_1024x1024@2x

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The Family that I Love    The Greedy Couple

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daotong    nongplai    
orphanandtiger            
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       thegift
9781563976230    

CHAPTER BOOKS/EARLY READERS

puppy    magic pepper    concert   

tae kwon do    HNY    Campout    

fishing    Soccer    18096633-_sr1200630_   

   

COMICS/GRAPHIC NOVELS

 

ntxhais    jingku    Then_and_Now_0

 

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MIDDLE GRADE NOVELS

Pahua and the Soul Stealer

 

YOUNG ADULT NOVELS

brokenweb    forest of souls