28 Books to Read During Filipino American History Month



Every October, we celebrate Filipino American History Month. In honor of this wonderful month long celebration, Hollywood News Source will be doing a string of festive posts for the next four weeks. We will have giveaways, guest posts, discussions, and book recommendations. Our main goal is to feature a variety of Filipino authors and their books and to showcase the excellency of Filipino Americans.

For the kickoff of this celebration, we are recommending a collection of books by Filipino authors which ranges from Middle Grade, Young Adult to Adult. Most of the titles in this list feature Filipino characters while some features non-Filipinos but are written by Filipino authors.

Once again, Filipino American History Month aims to uplift Filipino excellency, but you can always read them after this month. We encourage you to actively expand your reading horizon, specifically the narrative of Filipinos. This post would be a great start if you are looking for books to read. I’ve read most of them and I can guarantee, these books are worth your money. You can see our recommendations below.

Row 1

Middle Grade

Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly
Cora Cooks Pancit by Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore
Shine by Candy Gourlay
Tall Story by Candy Gourlay
The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz
The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly

Young Adult

Angel de la Luna and the 5th Glorious Mystery by M. Evelina Galang

Row 2

An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes by Randy Ribay
Fresh Off the Boat by Melissa de la Cruz
Interim Goddess of Love by Mina Esguerra
No Holding Back by Kate Evangelista
No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista
Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz
The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco

Row 3

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Trouble Is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly
 by Lygia Day Peñaflor

Adult (Realistic Fiction)

American Son by Brian Ascalon Roley
Dogeaters  by Jessica Hagedorn
Dream Jungle  by Jessica Hagedorn
Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco
Leche by R. Zamora Linmark

Row 4

The Mango Bride by Marivi Soliven
When the Elephants Dance by Tess Uriza Holthe

Adult (Romance – New Adult)

Beginner’s Guide: Love and Other Chemical Reactions by Six de los Reyes
Falling Hard by Mina Esguerra
Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos
Once upon a Player by Agay Llanera