Celebrate National Korean American Day!

January 12th, 2022 – Kayla Thompson, Adult Services Coordinator

National Korean American Day celebrates the contributions that the Korean American community has made (and continues to make) within the United States. Whether that be through food, media, music, traditions, or in other ways throughout the community. This is also a time that commemorates the arrival of the first Korean immigrants on January 13th, 1903. 

In honor of this, below is a list of books ranging from adult to youth written by Korean American authors. Check out the list and try some of these amazing authors (if you aren’t already reading them)!


Your House will Pay by Steph Cha
The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim
Shelter by Jung Yun
Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim
If you Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim
Trust Exercise by Susan Choi
Loathe at First Sight by Suzanne Park
Skinship by Yoon Choi
Folklorn by Angela Mi Young Hur

All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir by Nicole Chung
The Magical Language of Others: A Memoir by E.J. Koh
Minor Feelings: an Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong
Tastes Like War: A Memoir by Grace M. Cho

Young Adult/Teen:

Frankly in Love by David Yoon
I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
The Way You Make Me Feel by  Maureen Goo
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Yolk by Mary H.K. Choi
Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

Juvenile/Middle Grade:

The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
No Kimchi for Me by Aram Kim
A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
Bee-Bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park
Danbi Leads the School Parade by Anna Kim
Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim
The Last Fallen Star by Graci Kim
The Boys in the Back Row by Mike Jung
Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee
Where’s Halmoni? by Julie Kim

Almost American Girl: a Graphic Memoir by Robin Ha
Tap Dancing on the Roof by Linda Sue Park (poetry)
The One Thing You’d Save by Linda Sue Park (poetry)

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