Here are a few new books and free downloads. Also check out my list of books for Chinese New Year…
I’ve written about Lucky Bamboo Book of Crafts by Jen Cristoforo before, which is full of activities you can do with your kids for the Lunar New Year or any time. Right now, you can download a free Year of the Goat printable chopstick case template from Lucky Bamboo. I printed these on red paper and tied a gold ribbon through a hole in the top and… presto! Bookmarks.
The latest in Oliver Chin’s Tales from the Chinese Zodiac series, this picture book follows Sydney, a mischievous sheep who teaches young kids about the traits of those born during the Year of the Sheep/Goat/Ram, with a cute story suitable for preschoolers and early elementary school students. If you’re in the Bay Area, check out one of Chin’s author events at the San Jose Public Library.
While not technically a Lunar New Year story, Children’s Books: The Emperor Who Built The Great Wall (illustrated book) is an e-book that teaches kids about part of Chinese history. And for the Year of the Sheep, you can download it free from Amazon on Feburary 19-20.
For older kids (or adults), check out China A to Z: Everything You Need to Know to Understand Chinese Customs and Culture by May-Lee Chai and her father, Winberg Chai. While technically this is a book aimed at those visiting China, it covers many of the Chinese dining and social traditions which can help prevent embarrassing loss of face during a Lunar New Year celebration.
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