Asian Heritage Month for Kids

May 23, 2018 | RayL

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Flower Arrangement

Photo courtesy of Toronto Star Archives

Celebrated annually since the 1990s, Asian Heritage Month is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the achievements and contributions of Canadians of Asian backgrounds. For 2018, the theme of the government of Canada’s Asian Heritage Month campaign is “Passing it forward: Culture through the generations.” 


Consider visiting one of Toronto's many museums and galleries to learn more about Asian art and history. Whether it be traditional artwork, handicrafts or artefacts, there's something interesting for everyone. A Sun Life Financial Museum + Arts Pass from your local branch gets you free access to a museum or gallery. 

Library Programs

Here is just a small selection of the remaining library programs celebrating Asian Heritage Month. These programs are free.   

Peking Opera
Saturday May 26, 2018, 10:30 am
Maria A Shchuka Branch

Henna Program
Saturday May 26, 2018, 2:00 pm
Thorncliffe Branch

Puppet Show: The Umbrella Thief
Monday May 30, 2018, 10:00 am
Danforth/Coxwell Branch


Alice (one of the library's Children's Material Selector) has found some great e-Books to help you and your child celebrate Asian Heritage Month. Many of these titles are also available in print. Here are some of those titles that you can read with your child.


Malala: Activist for Girl's Education by Raphaele Frier


Chibi: A True Story from Japan by Barbara Brenner

Vietnamese Children's Favorite Stories

Vietnamese Children's Favourite Stories by  Tran Thi Minh Thouc

I am Gandhi

I am Gandhi by Brad Meltzer