Constructing Knowledge about China and Chinese Americans with Young Adult Literature

Lina Sun

Background Information for Librarians and Teachers

Carter, Tom. China: Portrait of a People. Blacksmith, 2010. 638p. $24.95 Trade pb. 978-9889979942.
Fellows, James. Postcards from Tomorrow Square: Reports from China. Vintage, 2008. 288p. $15. Trade pb. 978-0-307-45624-3.
Fisher, Leonard Everett. The Great Wall of China. Aladdin, 1986. 32p. $7.99 Trade pb. 978-0-689-80178-5.
Harvey, Miles. Look What Came from China. Franklin Watts, 1998. 32p. $6.95 Trade pb. 978-0-531-15936-1.
Haskins, James. Count Your Way through China. Carolrhoda, 1987. 24p. $7.95 Trade pb. 978-0-87614-486-2.
Lindqvist, Cecilia. China: Empire of Living Symbols. Da Capo, 2008. 424p. $25. Trade pb. 978-0-306-81609-3.
Pan, Philip. P. Out of Mao’s Shadow: The Struggle for the Soul of a New China. Simon & Schuster, 2009. 368p. $17. Trade pb. 978-1-4165-3706-9.
Wasserstrom, J. N. China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know. Oxford University 2010. 308p. $16.95 Trade pb. 978-0-19-997496-2.

Internet Guide for Chinese Studies.
Global Trek—China.
National Geographic Kids.
China topic for kids—Activity village.

Web Resources for Book Awards, Lists, and Journals
Asian Pacific American Literature Award.
Association for Library Service to Children lists, including Growing Up Around the World and Children’s Notable lists.
Book Links (Search terms: China, Chinese Americans).
Children’s Book Council.
Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association—Notable Books for a Global Society, K-12.
International Board on Books for Young People (Search terms: China, Chinese Americans).
International Reading Association, including Children’s, Teachers’, and Young Adult’s Choices.
Jane Addams Children’s Book Award.
School Library Journal (Search terms: China, Chinese Americans). 
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA).

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Lina Sun got her Ph.D. in C & I (concentration in Literacy Education) from Saint Louis University. She is now working at the School of Foreign Languages of China University of Petroleum (Beijing). Her research interests include children’s and young adult literature, critical literacy, and ESL academic writing. This paper is supported by the Science Foundation of CUP (Beijing) (2462015YJRC006).

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