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The Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature (APAAL) are a set of literary awards presented annually by the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA). The APALA was formed in 1980 "to create an organization that would address the needs of Asian/Pacific American librarians and those who serve Asian/Pacific American communities." The Association was the successor to the Asian American Librarians Caucus (AALC), a discussion group within the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Library Outreach Services that focused on providing library service to minority communities and on supporting minority librarians. The APALA incorporated in 1981 (in Illinois) and became part of the ALA in 1982.

The awards honor books about Asian/Pacific Americans, their history and culture. Categories have included fiction and non-fiction for adults, picture/illustrated books, and children's/young-adult literature. Writers and artists do not need to be of Asian or Pacific Islander ancestry, but they must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, the books must be about Asian/Pacific American heritage, and must have been written in English and published for general release within the States.


Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature
Years Category Title Author Citation Reference
2019-2020 Young Adult Literature They Called Us Enemy George Takei, Justin Eisinger and Steven Scott Winner
Young Adult Literature Frankly in Love David Yoon Honor
Children's Literature Stargazing Jen Wang Winner
Children's Literature I'm Ok Patti Kim Honor
Picture Book Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom Teresa Robeson illustrated by Rebecca Huang Winner
Picture Book Bilal Cooks Daal Aisha Saeed illustrated by Anoosha Syed Honor
2018-2019 Adult Fiction The End of Peril, The End of Enmity, The End of Strife, A Haven Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint Winner
Adult Fiction Though I Get Home YZ Chin Honor
Adult Non-Fiction Not Quite Not White: Losing and Finding Race in America Sharmila Sen Winner
Adult Non-Fiction Litany for the Long Moment Mary-Kim Arnold Honor
Young Adult Literature Darius the Great is Not Okay Adib Khorram Winner
Young Adult Literature The Astonishing Color of After Emily X.R. Pan Honor
Children's Literature Front Desk Kelly Yang Winner
Children's Literature The House that Lou Built Mae Respicio Honor
Picture Book Drawn Together Minh Lê, illustrated by Dan Santat Winner
Picture Book Grandmother’s Visit Betty Quan, illustrated by Carmen Mok Honor
2017-2018 Adult Fiction The Leavers Lisa Ko Winner
Adult Fiction The Refugees Viet Thanh Nguyen Honor
Adult Non-Fiction Asianfail: Narratives of Disenchantment and the Model Minority Eleanor Ty Winner
Adult Non-Fiction The Long Afterlife of Nikkei Wartime Incarceration Karen M. Inouye Honor
Young Adult Literature It’s Not Like It’s A Secret Misa Sugiura Winner
Young Adult Literature Saints & Misfits S.K. Ali Honor
Children's Literature Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh Uma Krishnaswami Winner
Children's Literature Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire Susan Tan, illustrated by Dana Wulfekotte Honor
Picture Book A Different Pond Bao Phi, illustrated by Thi Bui Winner
Picture Book The Nian Monster Andrea Wang, illustrated by Alina Chau Honor
2016-2017 Adult Fiction Deceit and Other Possibilities Vanessa Hua Winner
Adult Fiction The Fortunes Peter Ho Davies Honor
Adult Non-Fiction Picture Bride: Stories Barbara Kawakami Winner
Adult Non-Fiction Changing Season: A Father, A Daughter, A Family Farm Mas Masumoto and Nikiko Masumoto Honor
Young Adult Literature Outrun the Moon Stacey Lee Winner
Young Adult Literature Watched Marina Budhos Honor
Children's Literature The Land of Forgotten Girls Erin Entrada Kelly Winner
Children's Literature Momotaro Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters Margaret Dilloway Honor
Picture Book Puddle Hyewon Yum Winner
2015-2016 Adult Fiction The Sympathizer Viet Thanh Nguyen Winner
Adult Fiction Don’t Let Him Know Sandip Roy Honor
Adult Non-Fiction The Making of Asian America: a History Erika Lee Winner
Adult Non-Fiction From Canton Restaurant to Panda Express: A History of Chinese Food in the United States Haiming Liu Honor
Adult Non-Fiction The Good Immigrant: How the Yellow Peril Became the Model Minority Madeline Y. Hsu Honor
Young Adult Literature P.S. I Still Love You Jenny Han Winner
Young Adult Literature Ink and Ashes Valynne E. Maetani Honor
Children's Literature Full Cicada Moon Marilyn Hilton Winner
Children's Literature Blackbird Fly Erin Entrada Kelly Honor
Picture Book Juna's Jar Jane Bahk Winner
Picture Book Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music Margarita Engle, illustrated by Rafael Lopez Honor
2014-2015 Adult Fiction Everything I Never Told You Celeste Ng Winner
Adult Fiction The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing Mira Jacob Honor
Adult Non-Fiction Dubious Gastronomy: The Cultural Politics of Eating Asian in the USA Robert Ji-Song Ku Winner
Adult Non-Fiction Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self written Alex Tizon Honor
Young Adult Literature Tiger Girl May-lee Chai Winner
Young Adult Literature Shadow Hero Gene Luen Yang, illustrated by Sonny Liew Honor
Children's Literature Gaijin: American Prisoner of War Matt Faulkner Winner
Children's Literature Ting Ting Kristie Hammond Honor
Picture Book Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin Chieri Uegaki and Qin Leng Winner
Picture Book Father’s Chinese Opera Rich Lo Honor
2013-2014 Adult Fiction A Tale for the Time Being Ruth Ozeki Winner
Adult Fiction The Gods of Heavenly Punishment Jennifer Cody Epstein Honor
Adult Non-Fiction Citizens of Asian America: Democracy and Race during the Cold War Cindy I-Fen Cheng Winner
Adult Non-Fiction Garden of the World: Asian Immigrants and the Making of Agriculture in California's Santa Clara Valley Cecilia M. Tsu Honor
Young Adult Literature Jet Black and the Ninja Wind Leza Lowitz and Shogo Oketani Winner
Young Adult Literature Gadget Girl: The Art of Being Invisible Suzanne Kamata Honor
Children's Literature The Thing About Luck Cynthia Kadohata, illustrated by Julia Kuo Winner
Children's Literature The Vine Basket Josanne La Valley Honor
Picture Book Red Kite, Blue Kite Ji-li Jiang Winner
Picture Book Barbed Wire Baseball Marissa Moss, illustrated by Yuko Shimizu Honor
2012-2013 Adult Fiction The Collective Don Lee Winner
Adult Fiction Drifting House Krys Lee Honor
Adult Non-Fiction Third Asiatic Invasion: Empire and Migration in Filipino America, 1898-1946 Rick Baldoz Winner
Adult Non-Fiction Forbidden Citizens Martin B. Gold Honor
Young Adult Literature Tina's Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary Keshni Kashyap Winner
Young Adult Literature Ichiro Ryan Inzana Honor
Children's Literature Chengli and the Silk Road Caravan Hildi Kang Winner
Children's Literature Shark King R. Kikuo Johnson Honor
Picture Book Good Fortune in a Wrapping Cloth Joan Schoettler, illustrated by Jessica Lanan Winner
Picture Book A Path of Stars Anne O'Brien Sibley Honor
2011-2012 Adult Fiction The Submission Amy Waldman Winner
Adult Fiction Leche R. Zamora Linmark Honor
Adult Non-Fiction The Woman Who Could Not Forget Ying-Ying Chang Winner
Adult Non-Fiction The Bangladeshi Diaspora in the United States after 9/11: From Obscurity to High Visibility Shafiqur Rahman Honor
Young Adult Literature Orchards Holly Thompson Winner
Young Adult Literature Level Up Gene Luen Yang Honor
Children's Literature The Great Wall of Lucy Wu Wendy Wan-Long Shang Winner
Children's Literature Vanished Sheela Chari Honor
Picture Book The House Baba Built: An Artist's Childhood in China Ed Young Winner
Picture Book Hot Hot Roti for Kaka-ji F. Zia, illustrated by Ken Min Honor
2010-2011 Adult Fiction I Hotel Karen Tei Yamashita Winner
Adult Fiction Bitter in the Mouth Monique Truong Honor
Adult Non-Fiction Angel Island: Immigration Gateway to America Erika Lee and Judy Yung Winner
Adult Non-Fiction Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History Yunte Huang Honor
Adult Non-Fiction You Have Given Me a Country Neela Vaswani Honor
Young Adult Literature Shooting Kabul N. H. Senzai Winner
Young Adult Literature A Boy of Heart Mountain Barbara Bazaldua Honor
Children's Literature Heart of a Samurai Margi Preus Winner
Children's Literature Bamboo People Mitali Perkins Honor
Picture Book Yasmin's Hammer Ann Malaspina, illustrated by Doug Chayka Winner
Picture Book Fly Free Roseanne Thong, illustrated by Eujin Kim Neilan Honor
2009–2010 Adult Fiction Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Jamie Ford Winner
Adult Fiction Shanghai Girls Lisa See Honor
Adult Non-Fiction American Chinatown: A People's History of Five Neighborhoods Bonnie Tsui Winner
Adult Non-Fiction Japanese American Resettlement: Through the Lens Lane Ryo Hirabayashi Honor
Picture Book Cora Cooks Pancit Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore, illustrated by Kristi Valiant Winner
Picture Book Tan to Tamarind Malathi Michelle Iyengar, illustrated by Jamel Akib Honor
Youth Literature Everything Asian Sung Woo Winner
Youth Literature Tofu Quilt Ching Yeung Russell Honor
2008–2009 Adult Fiction Unaccustomed Earth Jhumpa Lahiri Winner
Adult Fiction Steer Toward Rock Fae Myenne Ng Honor
Adult Non-Fiction Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food Jennifer 8. Lee Winner
Adult Non-Fiction Eaves of Heaven: A Life in Three Wars Andrew X. Pham Honor
Adult Non-Fiction The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir Kao Kalia Yang Honor
Picture Book Wabi Sabi Mark Reibstein, illustrated by Ed Young Winner
Picture Book Monsoon Afternoon Kashmira Sheth, illustrated by Yoshiko Jaeggi Honor
Youth Literature Roots and Wings Many Ly Winner
Youth Literature 1001 Cranes Naomi Hirahara Honor
Youth Literature Good Enough Paula Yoo Honor
2007–2008 Adult Non-Fiction Driven Out: The Forgotten War Against Chinese Americans Jean Pfaelzer Winner
Adult Non-Fiction Bento Box in The Heartland: My Japanese Girlhood in Whitebread America Linda Furiya Honor
Picture Book Surfer of the Century Ellie Crowe, illustrated by Richard Waldrep Winner
Picture Book Hiromi's Hands Lynne Barasch Honor
Youth Literature Hiroshima Dreams Kelly Easton Winner
Youth Literature Keeping Corner Kashmira Sheth Honor
2006–2007 Adult Fiction Brothers Da Chen Winner
Adult Fiction Color of the Sea John Hamamura Honor
Picture Book The Legend of Hong Kil Dong: The Robin Hood of Korea Anne Sibley O'Brien Winner
Picture Book Brothers Yin, illustrated by Chris Soentpiet Honor
Youth Literature Nothing But the Truth Justina Chen Headley Winner
Youth Literature Year of the Dog Grace Lin Honor
2005–2006 Adult Fiction Aloft Chang-Rae Lee Winner
Adult Fiction Saving Fish from Drowning Amy Tan Honor
Adult Fiction Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Lisa See Honor
Picture book The Firekeeper's Son Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Julie Downing Winner
Picture book Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story Paula Yoo, illustrated by Dom Lee Honor
Picture book Bread Song Frederick Lipp, illustrated by Jason Gaillard Honor
Youth Literature Kira-Kira Cynthia Kadohata Winner
Youth Literature Shanghai Messenger Andrea Cheng Honor
Youth Literature Project Mulberry Linda Sue Park Honor
2001-2003 Adult Fiction Life of Pi Yann Martel Winner
Picture book Apple Pie 4th of July Janet S. Wong, illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine Winner
Picture book Tanuki's Gift Tim Myer, illustrated by Robert Roth Honor
Picture book Coolies Yin, illustrated by Chris Soentpiet Honor
Children and Young Adult Literature A Step from Heaven An Na Winner
Children and Young Adult Literature Born Confused Tanuja Desai Hidier Honor
Children and Young Adult Literature Beacon Hill Boys Ken Mochizuki Honor
Children and Young Adult Literature A Single Shard Linda Sue Park Honor
2001 Adult Fiction Land of Smiles T. C. Huo Winner
Adult Nonfiction First They Killed My Father Loung Ung Winner
Children and Young Adult Literature The Trip Back Home Janet S. Wong, illustrated by Bo Jia Winner
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