45 Books Drawing on Asian Myth and Folklore

Titles for all ages by APA creators. 

Did you enjoy our May cover story, "Timeless Tales: APA Creators Draw on Myth and Folklore?" Here are more books inspired by Asian myths, fairy tales, and folklore, for all ages, published within the last decade. 


Tiny Feet Between the Mountains. Hanna Cha. Simon & Schuster. 2019.

Let's Scare Bear. Yuko Katakawa. Holiday House. 2019.

Kapaemahu. Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson. Illus. by Daniel Sousa. Kokila. 2022.

The Cat from Hunger Mountain. Ed Young. Philomel. 2016.

So Not Ghoul. Karen Yin. Illus. by Bonnie Lui. 2022.


Amira & Hamza: The War to Save the Worlds. Samira Ahmed. Little, Brown. 2021.

“Maya and the Rising Dark" series (2 books). Rena Barron. Clarion. 2020-2021.

Tamarind and the Star of Ishta. Jasbinder Bilan. Chicken House. 2022

City of the Plague God. Sarwat Chadda. Rick Riordan Presents. 2021.

Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales. Soman Chainani. Illus. by Julia Iredale. 2021

“Pandava” series (5 books). Roshani Chokshi. Rick Riordan Presents. 2018-2022.

The Lost Ryū. Emi Watanabe Cohn. Levine Querido. 2022.

Temple Alley Summer. Sachiko Kashiwaba. Illus. by Miho Satake, trans. by Avery Fischer Udagawa. Yonder. 2021.

When You Trap a Tiger. Tae Keller. Random House for Young Readers. 2020.

Lalani of the Distant Sea. Erin Entrada Kelly. Greenwillow. 2019.

The Last Fallen Star. Graci Kim. Rick Riordan Presents. 2021.

Pahua and the Soul Stealer. Lori Lee. Rick Riordan Presents. 2021.

“Thousand Worlds” series (2 books). Yoon Ha Lee. Rick Riordan Presents. 2019-2022.

Mulan: Before the Sword. Grace Lin. Disney. 2020.

“When the Mountain Meets the Moon” series (3 books). Grace Lin. Little, Brown. 2009-2016.

“Furthermore” series (2 books). Tahereh Mafi. Dutton. 2016-2017.

The Magic Fish. Trung Le Nguyen. Random House Graphic. 2020.

The Dragon Egg Princess. Ellen Oh. HarperCollins. 2020.

Theo Tan and the Fox Spirit. Jesse Q. Sutanto. Macmillan/Feiwel and Friends. 2022.

The Last Mapmaker. Christina Soontornvat. Candlewick. 2022.

Lia Park and the Missing Jewel. Jenna Yoon. Simon & Schuster/Aladdin. 2022.

Winnie Zeng Unleashes a Legend. Katie Zhao. Random House. 2022.

Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor. Xiran Jay Zhao. Margaret K. McElderry Books. 2022.


Dauntless. Elisa A. Bonnin. Macmillan/Swoon Reads. 2022.

A Thousand Steps into Night. Traci Chee. Clarion. 2022.

Violet Made of Thorns. Gina Chen. Delacorte. 2022.

Cinder & Glass. Melissa de la Cruz. G. P. Putnam’s Sons. 2022.

“Rise of the Empress” series (2 books). Julie C. Dao. Philomel. 2017-2018.

“The Blood of Stars” series (2 books). Elizabeth Lim. Knopf for Young Readers. 2019-2010.

“Six Crimson Cranes” series (2 books). Elizabeth Lim. Knopf for Young Readers. 2021-2022.

A Magic Steeped in Poison ("The Book of Tea," Book 1). Judi I. Lin. Feiwel & Friends. 2022.

This Woven Kingdom. HarperCollins. Tahereh Mafi. 2022.

Never Open It. Ken Niimura. Yen Press. 2021.

The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea. Axie Oh. Feiwel & Friends. 2022.

“The Dragon King Chronicles” series (3 books). Ellen Oh. HarperTeen. 2013-2014.

An Arrow of the Moon. Little, Brown. Emily X.R. Pan. 2022.

“The Ivory Key Duology” series (2 books). Clarion. Akshaya Raman. 2022.

“Celestial Kingdom” series (2 books). Sue Lynn Tan. HarperVoyager. 2022.

The Dream Runners. Shveta Thakrar. HarperTeen. 2022.

The Prince and the Dressmaker. Jen Wang. First Second. 2018.

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