May Reading Challenge on Beanstack Brings You Outstanding AAPI Titles

Posted on May 5, 2021 at 6:00 am


This May, we are honoring Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a series of reading challenges on Beanstack. Sign up for the reading challenge to get recommended reading, resources, and reflection questions tailored to specific age groups: kids in grades K–5, grades 6–8, 9–12, and adults. 

You can get started reading by finding a great title from an Asian American/Pacific Islander author that has been shared by our library staff in blogs and in OverDrive booklists:

Then track your reading minutes to earn badges, and check out activities, virtual museum tours, podcasts, and more within Beanstack. Each challenge includes a series of age-appropriate activities.

For example, you might explore “A Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America,” presented online by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, or virtually visit the Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art with your family.

Adults can listen to stories from Asian and Pacific Americans from AAPI Narrative Podcast, while younger children can enjoy listening to a podcast created by students in grades 1–3 from the Kualapu’u Public Charter School on Molokai, Hawaii. The students recorded the stories of their parents, grandparents, and community as they share about the traditional Native Hawaiian season of Makahiki.

You can also learn about the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders through online projects like The Zinn Education Project, Native Stories Podcasts, and the stories of Asian American Veterans from the Library of Congress: Stories from the Veterans History Project.


If you’ve signed up for a reading challenge on Beanstack before, you can sign in to see the Celebrating AAPI Voices challenge for the age group of the reader.

If this is your first reading challenge, once you finish registering yourself and/or your family, you will see the age-appropriate Celebrating AAPI Voices reading challenge as an option for the reader. For example, if you register an elementary-aged child, then you will see the kids’ challenge in their Beanstack account, but not in an associated adult account. Similarly, an adult with children in their household will see the adult reading challenge, but the children in a family account won’t.

You can also get the Beanstack app for your mobile device to track your reading minutes, view activities and content, and manage accounts for your whole family in one place. You can download the app for Android and iOS devices.

If you have questions or need help registering for Beanstack, you can come into any of our libraries to get help, call us at 509.893.8400, or submit your question using our online Ask a Librarian form.

Gwendolyn Haley

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