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Lunar New Year
Submitted by: Christine Turner, Atascocita
Audience
• Toddler • Pre-school
Books
New Clothes for New Year's Day by: Hyun-Joo Bae.
A young Korean girl describes the new clothes that she will be wearing to celebrate the new year.

Lanterns and Firecrackers: a Chinese New Year Story by:Jonny Zucker
A young family enjoys all the traditions of Chinese New Year.
This Next New Year by:Janet S. Wong
A family prepares to celebrate the Lunar New Year and looks forward to the good luck they hope it will bring.
My First Chinese New Year by:Karen Katz
A girl and her family prepare for and celebrate Chinese New Year.
Bringing in the New Year by:Grace Lin
A Chinese American family prepares for and celebrates the Lunar New Year. End notes discuss the customs and traditions of Chinese New Year.
Ten Mice for Tet by:Pegi Deitz Shea
A village of mice prepares for Tet, or Vietnamese New Year, as different numbers of mice give gifts, cook food, and celebrate in other traditional ways. Includes an afterword with facts about the holiday.
Red is a Dragon: a Book of Colors by:Roseanne Thong
A Chinese American girl provides rhyming descriptions of the great variety of colors she sees around her, from the red of a dragon, firecrackers, and lychees to the brown of her teddy bear.
Songs
Gung hay fat choy
Sung to: Frere Jacques

Chinese dragon, Chinese dragon,
Breathing fire, breathing fire,

Happy, happy new year,
Happy, happy new year,

Gung hay fat choy,
Gung hay fat choy.

http://www.thebestkidsbooksite.com/supersongs.cfm?songsid=670
Craft
Cardboard Tube Red Firecrackers
http://crafts.kaboose.com/cardboard-tube-red-firecrackers.html
Other

Is one of my favorite traditions for Lunar New Year is the Wishing Tree.

Note: This cultural activity can be adapted by having each child write a wish on a tag, and placing it on a tree.

http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/a_wishing_tree.htm