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Remembering Japanese Internment Act Day with KidLit, YA and Adult Lit Books

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Kira Kira, Cynthia Kadohata, Japanese Internment, WWII, Japanese American, Internment camp, Japanese relocation, It seems a little weird to celebrate this day since it’s a shameful day in American history  but it needs to be remembered. My mother was relocated as a result of this act and was the sole surviving member of her family when restitution was made, conveniently, decades later when most of the interned were dead.

Japanese-American internment was the relocation and internment by the United States government in 1942 of approximately 110,000 Japanese Americans and Japanese who lived along the Pacific coast of the United States to camps called “War Relocation Camps,” in the wake of Imperial Japan‘s attack on Pearl Harbor. The internment of Japanese Americans was applied unequally throughout the United States. Japanese Americans who lived on the West Coast of the United States were all interned, while in Hawaii, where more than 150,000 Japanese Americans composed over one-third of the territory’s population, 1,200 to 1,800 Japanese Americans were interned. Of those interned, 62% were American citizens.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the internment with Executive Order 9066, issued February 19, 1942, which allowed local military commanders to designate “military areas” as “exclusion zones,” from which “any or all persons may be excluded.” This power was used to declare that all people of Japanese ancestry were excluded from the entire Pacific coast, including all of California and most of Oregon and Washington, except for those in internment camps. from Wikipedia

Please support the Japanese American National Museum who keeps these memories alive. I will be donating all proceeds I make from my Amazon Associates account for the month of February to them (which isn’t much but I guess it’s the thought that counts!).

Picture Books

 The Bracelet by Yoshiko Uchida

So Far from the Sea by Eve Bunting

A Place Where Sunflowers Grow by Amy Lee-Tai

Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki 


Middle Grade Chapter Books

A Jar of Dreams by Yoshiko Uchida

Journey To Topaz: A Story Of The Japanese-American Evacuation by Yoshiko Uchida

Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata


Young Adult Literature

Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata


Drawing from Memory by Allen Say


Adult Literature

When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka

Desert Exile: The Uprooting of a Japanese-American Family by Yoshiko Uchida

Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki

Letters from the 442nd: The World War II Correspondence of a Japanese American Medic (Scott and Laurie Oki Series in Asian American Studies) by Minoru Masuda

Only What We Could Carry: The Japanese American Internment Experience by Lawson Fusao Inada

Vanished: Lompoc’s Japanese, Of One Hundred Families Only Two Returned by John McReynolds

Making Home from War: Stories of Japanese American Exile and Resettlement by Brian Komei Dempster

No-No Boys  by John Okada

Looking Like the Enemy: My Story of Imprisonment in Japanese American Internment Camps by Mary Matsuda Gruenewald


By Order of the President: FDR and the Internment of Japanese Americans by Greg Robinson

Impounded: Dorothea Lange and the Censored Images of Japanese American Internment by Dorothea Lange

Last Witnesses: Reflections on the Wartime Internment of Japanese Americans by Erica Harth

Japanese American Internment Camps (Cornerstones of Freedom: Second) by Gail Sakurai

What Did the Internment of Japanese Americans Mean? (Historians at Work) by Alice Yang Murray

The Children of Topaz: The Story of a Japanese-American Internment Camp: Based on a Classroom Diary by Michael O. Tunnell

Strawberry Days: How Internment Destroyed a Japanese American Community by David A. Neiwert

Democratizing the Enemy: The Japanese American Internment by Brian Masaru Hayashi

The Gem of the Desert: A Japanese-American Internment Camp by Margaret Bane Eberle

I am an American: A True Story of Japanese Internment by Jerry Stanley


Book Club Book

Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

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1 thought on “Remembering Japanese Internment Act Day with KidLit, YA and Adult Lit Books”

  1. Hello. This is a great list. Maybe “celebrating” isn’t the rifht word, though. Maybe “honoring” or “remembering.”

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