Celebrate Lunar New Year @ the Library

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Families are invited to join the Lunar New Year activities that will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 1st @ 4:00 pm. This is a wonderful opportunity for children to broaden the cultural learning. 

During the program Ms Susan and I will share a few of our favorite books, and children may create a Chinese zodiac craft. 

I have inculed a booklist and craft ideas below for those of you who are not able to attend.

 

   

The Chinese character for Double Happiness is often used during  New Year celebrations.

Chinese Zodiac

Red is a Dragon: a Book of Colors 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.
A Chinese American family prepares to celebrate Lunar New Year. End notes discuss the customs and traditions of Chinese New Year.
My First Chinese New Year Karen Katz
A girl and her family prepare for and celebrate Chinese New Year.

 

A young family enjoys all the traditions of Chinese New Year.
This Next Year Janet S. Wong
A family prepares to celebrate the Lunar New Year and looks forward to the good luck they hope it will bring.
Relates how the Jade Emperor chose twelve animals to represent the years in his calendar. Also discusses the Chinese calendar, zodiac, the qualities associated with each animal, and what animal rules the year in which the reader was born.
The Pet Dragon Christopher Niemann
When Lin's beloved pet dragon disappears, she searches for him far and wide until a witch helps her to reach the dragon's new home. Introduces a different Chinese character on each step of Lin's adventure.
 
Happy Chinese New Year, Kai-lan!  adapted by Lauryn Silverhardt
This book is based on the TV series,  Ni Hao, Kai-lan! on Nick Jr. Children will enjoy the colorful and fun illustrations of this book.
Kai-lan is ready for the big Chinese New Year celebration. She and her friends are excited to carry the dragon costume in the big parade.  They find that they must work together in order to make the dragon dance.
New Clothes for New Year's Day  Hyun-Joo Bae.
A young Korean girl describes the new clothes that she will be wearing to celebrate the new year.
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.
Dumpling Soup Jama Kim Rattigan
A young Hawaiian girl tries to make dumplings for her family's Asian New Year celebration.
Ten mice for Tet  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.

Crafts

 

 

Double Happiness Symbol provided by Flickr member Michael Fienen