Asian Pacific American Librarians' Association

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."[1] 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.[1]

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.[2]


  • Adult Fiction
  • Adult Non-Fiction
    • Winner: Bonnie Tsui, American Chinatown: A People's History of Five Neighborhoods.
    • Honorable Mention: Lane Ryo Hirabayashi, Japanese American Resettlement: Through the Lens.
  • Picture Book
    • Winner: Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore, Cora Cooks Pancit. Illustrated by Kristi Valiant.
    • Honorable Mention: Malathi Michelle Iyengar, Tan to Tamarind. Illustrated by Jamel Akib.
  • Youth Literature
    • Winner: Sung Woo, Everything Asian.
    • Honorable Mention: Ching Yeung Russell, Tofu Quilt.
  • Adult Fiction
  • Adult Non-Fiction
    • Winner: Jennifer 8. Lee, Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food.
    • Honorable Mentions: Andrew X. Pham, Eaves of Heaven: A Life in Three Wars.
  • Picture Book
    • Winner: Mark Reibstein, Wabi Sabi. Art by Ed Young.
    • Honorable Mention: Kashmira Sheth, Monsoon Afternoon. Illustrated by Yoshiko Jaeggi.
  • Youth Literature
    • Winner: Many Ly, Roots and Wings.
    • Honorable Mentions: Naomi Hirahara, 1001 Cranes.
      • Paula Yoo, Good Enough.
  • Adult Non-Fiction
    • Winner: Jean Pfaelzer, Driven Out: The Forgotten War Against Chinese Americans.
    • Honorable Mention: Linda Furiya, Bento Box in The Heartland: My Japanese Girlhood in Whitebread America.
  • Illustration in Children Literature
    • Winner: Ellie Crowe, Surfer of the Century. Illustrated by Richard Waldrep.
    • Honorable Mention: Lynne Barasch, Hiromi's Hands.
  • Young Adult Literature
    • Winner: Kelly Easton, Hiroshima Dreams.
    • Honorable Mention: Kashmira Sheth, Keeping Corner.
  • Adult Fiction
    • Winner: Da Chen, Brothers.
    • Honorable Mention: John Hamamura, Color of the Sea.
  • Illustration in Children Literature
    • Winner: Anne Sibley O'Brien, The Legend of Hong Kil Dong: The Robin Hood of Korea.
    • Honorable Mention: Yin. Brothers. Illustrated by Chris Soentpiet.
  • Youth Literature
    • Winner: Justina Chen Headley, Nothing But the Truth.
    • Honorable Mention: Grace Lin, Year of the Dog.
Books published between 2001 and 2003.
  • Adult Fiction
  • Illustration in Children Literature
    • Winner: Janet S. Wong and Margaret Chodos-Irvine (illustrator) . Apple Pie 4 July.
    • Honorable Mentions: Tim Myer and Robert Roth (illustrator). Tanuki's Gift.
  • Text in Children and Young Adult Literature
Awards presented in 2001[3]
  • Adult Fiction: T. C. Huo, Land of Smiles.
  • Adult Nonfiction: Loung Ung, First They Killed My Father.
  • Children and Young Adult: Janet S. Wong The Trip Back Home, illustrated by Bo Jia.

See also


External links

  • APALA homepage
  • APALA Literature Awards page
  • "Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association - A History of APALA and Its Founders" by Kenneth A. Yamashita, Library Trends 49.1 (2000): 88-109.
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