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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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Learning about the Dragon Boat Festival Through Books

You can find all of our Dragon Boat Festival posts here.

The following books are a good resource for learning about the Dragon Boat Festival with your kids.

Awakening the Dragon: The Dragon Boat Festival
 by Arlene Chan

This book is a great resource for anyone interested in the festival. With colorful, detailed illustrations, the author explains the cultural and historical significance of the dragon, as well as the festival, and notes the variations of how it is celebrated between regions. She describes typical customs and traditional foods, and the ways in which children participate. The author is also an experienced dragon boat racer, and goes into detail about the boats, and the preparations required of the athletes. 

Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats: A Treasury of Chinese Holiday Tales, Activities & Recipes by Nina Simonds

I've mentioned this book before, and it bears repeating for the Dragon Boat Festival - this book is a fantastic resource if you're interested in exploring Chinese festivals with kids. It focuses on the four most important Chinese festivals: Chinese New Year, Ching Ming, Dragon Boat, and Mid-Autumn Moon . For each festival, the book includes some of its history and how it is currently celebrated; the folklore in story fashion, and various hands on activities, crafts, and recipes. 

All our Dragon Boat Festival posts can be found here, where you can learn about Duanwu, learn about Qu Yuan, a roundup of dragon boat crafts, a tutorial for making your own protective fragrant sachetsand a recipe for zongzi. 
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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