Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Books - Chinese New Year

You can find all our posts on Chinese New Year HERE

After reading nearly a dozen non fiction books about the Chinese New Year, all borrowed as usual from our public library, the following four are my favorites:

This book gives readable and engaging descriptions of the practices surrounding the festival with lovely illustrations, making it a fun, educational book to read with kids.

This book, through National Geographic, is worth looking through with kids for the bright, colorful photographs of various aspects of the festival.

The following two books are great resources to have on hand for various Chinese festivals:

With colorful paintings, this informative book describes various festivals, and includes associated legends.

Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats: A Treasury of Chinese Holiday Tales, Activities & Recipes  by Nina Simonds and Leslie Swartz
Another great book about explaining various festivals, with legends, activities, and recipes.

Boy Mama Teacher Mama has a great round up of fiction and picture books about the Chinese New Year. You can check out her great post here. 

Books are a wonderful way to experience new worlds and ideas. Our house is filled with books, most of which are borrowed from our public library. Public libraries are an incredible resource, making books accessible to everyone, and we highly encourage everyone to discover theirs. If you are hoping to build your own home library, I've made it easy by linking book titles to Amazon.com. Please note that I have become affiliated with them, which means that if you make a purchase, you are also supporting this website.

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