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About the Book Drive

The Greater Nashville Chinese Association, the Nashville Chinese School, and API Middle Tennessee are partnering again to bring Asian and Pacific Islander written and illustrated books to local school libraries.  Last year, we collected books and raised over $15,000 for Metro Nashville Public Schools and Williamson County Schools, bringing more than 800 books to students!

This year, we want to continue celebrating the history, achievements, and cultural contributions of the Asian and Pacific Islander community!  We'll be collecting books and raising funds for books for MNPS and WCS, with the addition of Rutherford County Schools.  We are also celebrating in two new ways -- the I'm Inspired API Book Review Contest and a few API Author Talks.  Our fundraiser will go live later this month, but the Book Review Contest is open now!  More details below!

Book Drive!

Help us bring more API authored and illustrated books to Middle Tennessee school libraries!

Donate books!  Donation drop-off sites and locations coming soon!  Not sure which books, check out our recommended book list.

I'm INSPIRED Contest Details

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Read a book written by an author of the AAPI community that features Asian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander history, customs, achievements, or cultural contributions. Then, write a book review in which you answer the following questions:


  • How does the book inspire you? How do you think it will inspire others? 

  • How does the book impact your perspective?



This contest is open to all K-12 students in Middle Tennessee.  There will be four participant categories with the following word limits:

  • K - 2nd Grade: 50 - 100 words

  • 3rd - 5th Grade: 100 - 200 words

  • 6th - 8th Grade: 200 - 400 words

  • 9th - 12th Grade: 350 - 600 words

Deadline for Entries

All entries must be submitted no later than 5:00 PM (CST) on June 30, 2023.  Entries submitted after the deadline will not be eligible for the contest. Finalists and winners will be selected and notified in mid-July 2023.   Winners from each age group will receive bookstore gift cards in the following amounts:

  • 1st place - $100 (1 winner per category)

  • 2nd place - $50 (3 winners per category)

  • 3rd place - $25 (6 winners per category)

If you have any questions about the book drive, please contact us at

Support us at The Bookshop on May 14th!

Buy your books at The Bookshop on May 14th when 10% of all sales will benefit the API Book Drive!  You'll also be able to purchase Asian & Pacific Islander books for local school libraries.

Author Talks

The high school students of GNCA's Youth Volunteer Association will be driving and leading these author talks.  They will be inviting API authors to talk about their journey as writers.

Event details coming soon!
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