24 Wonderful Chinese Folk Tales for Kids

24 Wonderful Chinese Folk Tales for Kids

I grew up with just one Chinese Folk Tale picture book. I had a tattered copy of The Five Chinese Brothers with cartoon-like illustrations. It wasn’t my favorite book and so I didn’t realize how many more great Chinese Folk Tales were out there.

For my own children, I read them more Korean and Japanese Folk Tales than Chinese, and it is heartening to see how many great Chinese Folk Tales have been published since I was a child. We especially enjoyed The Empty Pot and created a book club event around the sequel, The Greatest Power.

What are your favorite Chinese Folk or Fairy Tales? Thanks for sharing!

p.s. More folktales:

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24 Wonderful Chinese Folk Tales for Kids

The Rock Maiden by Natasha Yim, illustrated by Pirkko Vainio

Ling Lee lived in a fishing village in Hong Kong and fell in love with a kind, young fisherman. When he was lost at sea, she never gave up hope of her return, climbing to the top of a cliff overlooking the sea to watch for him. Her lonely figure was noticed by a god who turned her and her baby into stone. About a year later, her husband returns and discovers what has happened. Tin Hau, the patron god of fisherman, again intervenes, rewarding true love. Natasha Yim retells this folk tale with a happy ending. [picture book, ages 4 and up]

The Magic Horse of Han Gan by Chen Jiang Hong

Han Gan lived 1,200 years ago in China. He grew up impoverished, but because a great painter of horses. Chen Jiang Hong painted the illustrations using the same technique than Han Gan used. In this story, Han Gan’s talent is rumored to bring real horses to life through the images he paints. A warrior asked for such a horse to fight the enemy at the gates. Han Gan’s horse is invincible and the warrior, while on his back, can not be hurt, however, the warrior’s thirst for conquest, and saddens the horse. The horse finally throws the warrior off his back and runs off. When the warrior searches for the horse, returning to find Han Gan, he find that one of the paintings has a new addition … the warrior’s horse. [picture book, ages 5 and up]

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Nevermoor Giveaway

Nevermoor Prize Pack GIVEAWAY!

Disney-Hyperion sent me a copy to check out, and is partnering with me for a giveaway!

I’m giving away a prize pack in celebration of Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend. This book reminds me of The Hunger Games meets The Unwanteds.

 

Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks–and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.

But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.

It’s then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city’s most prestigious organization: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart–an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests–or she’ll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate. [chapter book, ages 9 and up]

Nevermoor Prize Pack GIVEAWAY!

To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter below. I can only ship to U.S. addresses due to the high cost of shipping.

  • copy of Nevermoor
  • branded lapel pin
  • branded Hotel Deucalion pen and notebook
  • $50 Amex gift card to have a wondrous holiday season

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Jessica Townsend lives on the Sunshine Coast in Australia, but has lived on and off in London for a few years. She was a copywriter for eight years, and in a previous role, was the editor of a children’s wildlife magazine for Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow is her first novel.

To learn more, follow Jessica on Twitter and Instagram.


10 Books to Turn Reluctant Readers into Eager Ones & 3 Book Giveaway!

10 Books to Turn Reluctant Readers into Eager Ones & 3 Book Giveaway!

Please welcome my guest author today, Jarrett Lerner. I met him at the six middle grade event in Boston!

He’s the author of EngiNerds and we are doing a 3 book giveaway! To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom.

EngiNerds by Jarrett Lerner

The battle between boys and bots is on in this funny, fast-paced novel.

They may be brainiacs, but they’re just like everyone else: they fight with one another, watch too much TV, eat Chinese food, and hate walking their dogs. Well, maybe not just like everyone because Ken’s best friend Dan has been building robots. He then secretly sent one to each of the EngiNerds, never letting them know he’s the mastermind.

But be careful what you wish for: Dan’s robot, Greeeg, may look innocent, but his ravenous consumption of food—comestibles—turns him into a butt-blasting bot. And once the other robots ‘come alive’ it’s up to the motley crew of EngiNerds to not only save the day, but save the planet! [chapter book, ages 8 and up]

10 Books to Turn Reluctant Readers into Eager Ones

1. The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

Any list like this would be incomplete if it failed to mention Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants (and now also Dog Man) series. They are, quite simply, some of the best books produced in the past couple decades. They are wonderfully approachable, and always manage to deliver the perfect amount of silliness and adventure while also leaving readers with something positive to think over. Pilkey’s books are a sure-fire way of eroding some of your reluctant reader’s reluctance. [chapter book, ages 6 and up]

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Diverse Children's Books

#DiverseKidLit December

Welcome to #DiverseKidLit ! Please join us in sharing your diverse children’s book links and resources, as well as visiting other links to find great suggestions and recommendations.

What Is #DiverseKidLit?

Diverse Children’s Books is a book-sharing meme designed to promote the reading and writing of children’s books that feature diverse characters. This community embraces all kinds of diversity including (and certainly not limited to) diverse, inclusive, multicultural, and global books for children of all backgrounds.

We encourage everyone who shares to support this blogging community by visiting and leaving comments for at least three others. Please also consider following the hosts on at least one of their social media outlets. Spread the word using #diversekidlit and/or adding our button to your site and your diverse posts.

DiverseKidLit

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Free Books from Multicultural Children's Book Day!

Free Books from Multicultural Children’s Book Day!

Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCBD) is a non-profit that I co-founded along with fellow mom, Mia Wenjen, that has a mission of helping kids “see themselves” on the pages of the books they read. This event has evolved into something so incredibly wonderful and positive: far more than all of us could have ever imagined.

Free Books from Multicultural Children's Book Day!

As we approach our fifth MCBD, I am excited to report that we have so many amazing things planned for our 2018 online event (1/27/18). , This holiday is usually just a one day event, but because since the day of this children’s book-related holiday lands on a Saturday, we decided to get creative on how we can make this one-day event a week-long party! Read more…

Books for Kids and Teens to Learn About Indian Culture & GIVEAWAY!

Books for Kids and Teens to Learn About Indian Culture & GIVEAWAY!

Please welcome my guest author today, Padma Venkatraman, with an extensive list on books for kids and teens to learn about Indian culture. She has broken out her list into four categories:

  • picture books
  • younger middle grade
  • older middle grade/younger young adult
  • young adult/adult

We are also giving away 4 copies of her books. To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom.


Books for Kids and Teens to Learn About Indian Culture

I’m honored to contribute a list of titles that help readers ‘learn about India and Indian culture.’  This list is just a starting point – and is limited (as indeed, all lists are). The titles that came to mind today are mostly fiction by Indian American authors and American publishers; obviously there are several excellent authors and publishers whose work isn’t included. In addition, most of the protagonists below appear to come from Hindu families; but in deference to the unfortunate anti-Islamic sentiment that prevails in parts of the world today, within each age category I have added at least one book that features a Muslim protagonist (from the Indian subcontinent).

Picture Books for Kids and Teens to Learn About Indian Culture

Lights for Gita by Rachna Gilmore, illustrated by Alice Priestly.

Gita, whose family has recently immigrated, discovers the true meaning of Diwali, the festival of light, when her plans to celebrate it go wrong. [picture book, ages 5 and up]

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DIY Organic Rose Shampoo

DIY Organic Rose Shampoo

My hair stylist starting making organic beauty products and my girls and I love her Rose Shampoo and Rinse though she doesn’t sell it on her Etsy store, Joli Savons.

DIY Shampoo easy recipe

I decided to try to make shampoo myself. I found a recipe that was pretty easy and played around with it until it worked for my hair. Instead of two products — shampoo and rinse — I wanted a shampoo that moisterized and volumized with just one product.DIY shampoo recipe Read more…

Vietnamese Folk Tales for Kids

Vietnamese Folk Tales for Kids

According to legend, Vietnam’s history began four thousand years ago when a dragon prince named Loc Long Quan married a fairy princess  named Au Co. They had one hundred children, but this was too much for them to handle, so the parents agreed to separate. Au Co moved to the mountains with half of the children, and Lac Long Quan moved to the lowlands near the sea with the other fifty. Their oldest son founded the first Vietnamese kingdom.

In 111 B.C. China invaded Vietnam and ruled for almost one thousand years. Although China influenced Vietnam greatly, the ancient Viet culture was never completely destroyed. It is still evident in much of Vietnamese folklore.

From Children of the Dragon by Sherry Garland

With a country origination belief steeped in dragons and fairies, it’s not surprising that Vietnam has a rich culture of folk tales. Unfortunately, there are not many folk tale picture books in the United States that tell these stories but there are some great compilations of Vietnamese Folk Tales that I’ve included below.

How about you? Have you read any Vietnamese folk tales? What books am I missing? Thanks!

p.s. Related posts:

Exploring Vietnam through Kidlit and Culture

Ice Cubes at the Door: A Survey of Lunar New Year Traditions by Janet Wong

 

Vietnamese Folk Tales for Kids

Children of the Dragon: Selected Tales from Vietnam by Sherry Garland, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman

Use this folk tale compilation as an introduction not just to Vietnamese folk tales, but also Vietnamese history and culture. At the end of each folk tale, Garland includes notes related each of the six folk tales about how this ties into modern day Vietnam including flora and fauna, animals, and holidays. Compare The Boatman’s Flute in this book withThe Fisherman and the Goblet: A Vietnamese Folk Tale. [advanced picture book with six folktales, ages 6 and up]

The Golden Slipper: A Vietnamese Legend by Darrell H. Y. Lum

The similarities to Yeh-Shen are not surprising given that China ruled Vietnam for a thousand years. This story is also called The Brocade Slipper, and the slight deviations are a mysterious “godmother-like” figure that helps Tam, the daughter. There’s also a fish in this story, and luckily, it does not get consumed. The father in this story dies of a broken heart when he sees how poorly his daughter is treated by the second wife. The slipper is slightly different too. It is procured from the ground by the rooster that Tam treats kindly, and falls off while she’s riding on horseback to the autumn festival. A soldier finds the shoe and gives it to the prince who conducts a shoe fitting right at the event. [fairy tale picture book, ages 6 and up]

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10 Books to Encourage a Love of Science in Babies & Toddlers & 8 Signed Book GIVEAWAY

10 Books to Encourage a Love of Science in Babies & Toddlers & 8 Signed Book GIVEAWAY

Please welcome my guest author today, Ruth Spiro! Ruth’s series, Baby Loves Science, introduces very young children to science concepts. She’s created a list of science-y board books and picture books for babies and toddlers.

We are giving away 8 signed books by Ruth Spiro — two each of her books! To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom.

p.s. I have a list of Funny Science-y Math-y Books for Kids, and Best Science Apps for Kids Ages 4 and Up.

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Babies and toddlers delight in discovering new things every day. Watching a bird fly, building a block tower, and even feeling the sun’s warm rays, they are gathering information on how the world works.  As author of the Baby Loves Science series of board books, my goal is to help create a connection between these familiar experiences and the science behind them.

When selecting books, note that even those not specifically about science can still develop foundational skills that may spark a future interest. I’m happy to share this list of books that may help parents and caregivers turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities for their little ones.

10 Books to Encourage a Love of Science in Babies & Toddlers

10. Space Walk by Salina Yoon

This rhyming story takes readers on a journey into the solar system, with plenty to discover in a lift-the-flap format. There’s something about astronauts and outer space that holds a fascination for kids, and this board book is a perfect age-appropriate introduction. [board book, ages 3 and up]

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