Celebrating Chinese New Year
At this time of year my nursery plans always include studies about Chinese New Year, with a particular focus on the 12 Chinese Zodiac Animals. Here in Bangkok, celebrating Chinese New Year is an important event as much of Thai ancestry can be traced to China.
Here are two tried and true picture books that I have used year after year. I am also adding a new book that we will be trialing this year.
by Karen Katz
There is not much that Karen Katz can't do in the way of writing and illustrating picture books and My First Chinese New Year is no exception. Colourful, informative and best of all, simple enough for very young children to understand. The endpapers are delightful and can be used to provoke discussions around colour, patterns, flora and art techniques. A must have for any collection.
By Monica Hughes
One in a series, My Chinese New Year is an excellent introduction to Chinese New Year and nonfiction books. Clear photographs and concise information on each page make this ideal for early childhood settings. It covers topics such as costumes and food and is relatable as it follows a young child and the family through their preparations.
By W C Jefferson and T F Wister
This is a new book I asked our librarian to order in for this year. I didn't have a chance to see inside before we ordered (although now you can online), but on first inspection it should work. The animals are all given names, like Sylvie the Sheep. We will just stick to animals and forget the names for now. I'm a sucker for rhyming text and this fun, fast paced story has it in abundance. After introducing it to the kids next week I'll let you know how it goes!
If you have any other Chinese New Year books that you have found successful with young children please share below!