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Asian American Education Initiative

The Asian American Book Drive aims to teach social justice, critical thinking, and empathy through award-winning Asian American children's literature. Books can be "windows" that help readers see and experience the world from the character’s views, allow readers to relate to and reflect on their own life experiences, and offer an entry point to understand Asian American stories as part of a larger human experience. Through reading Asian American literature, we hope to create an inclusive and supportive environment for all children in our community.

To celebrate the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we are inviting award-winning Asian American authors to read books and speak to our children (virtually) at schools in the Urbana-Champaign area in May. All the author presentations are booked for the month of May! Thank you for all the participating teachers and schools! If you are a teacher and you are interested in inviting the authors to your classroom in the future, you can still sign up below. We will keep you posted in the fall! 



Author Presentations