Archive for January, 2016

A Survey of Lunar New Year Traditions by Janet Wong

Janet Wong on Lunar Year Traditions with Book List!

Did you know that Tibetan Losar, the Mongolian Tsagaan Sar, and the Vietnamese Tết occur at the same time as the Chinese and Korean lunar new year holidays? Janet Wong shares a book list and lunar new year traditions over at Multicultural Children’s Book Day Blog here:

I grew up celebrating the lunar new year mainly with the Chinese traditions of my father and his parents—firecrackers at midnight, the Chinatown parade, red envelopes, eating fish for wealth and lo hon jai, the monk’s noodle dish made with 18 different vegetables, for health. What I remember most, though, was our whole family frantically cleaning the house the evening before, to get rid of all the dirt and bad luck of the past year and make room for good luck in the new year. This illustration by Yangsook Choi from our book This Next New Year perfectly captures the frenzy:

A Survey of Lunar New Year Traditions by Janet Wong

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Willy Wonka-Like Chapter Books & Kid Lit Blog Hop

Willy Wonka-Like Chapter Books & Kid Lit Blog Hop

How am I defining a Willy Wonka-Like chapter book? You probably don’t need an explanation but here I go anyway:

  • A wacky figure-head behind this adventure
  • A competition between kids (though adults can be involved) OR
  • A mystery that has to be solved through riddles and puzzles

Yep. That’s I came up with this list. What am I missing? Please help me out! Thank you!

 

Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

12-year-old Emily’s move to San Francisco is softened by the fact that Garrison Griswold, publisher of an online sensation called Book Scavenger, lives there. This hunt combines books and puzzle solving into a competitive scavenger race. It’s all for fun and bragging rights, but then Emily finds an odd book with her new friend James that just might be a clue to how Griswold wound up in a coma. Is this the end of the Book Scavenger game?

Readers can solve the puzzles in the book OR go on a book scavenger of their own. Yes, it’s a real thing! [chapter book, ages 8 and up]

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Civil Rights Movement Art #BlackLivesMatter

Civil Rights Movement Art #BlackLivesMatter

“One of the most extraordinary and least understood aspects of Dr. Martin Luther King’s leadership was his incisive understanding of the power of visual images to alter public opinion,” says Maurice Berger, standing in front of an oversize silk-screen portrait of the slain civil rights leader. from Smithsonian Magazine

In celebration of Martin Luther King, Junior Day, I’ve collected images from museum that I’ve been to of Civil Rights Movement art. What and how can art shape the Civil Rights Movement? I think you will agree that the powerful images convey a truth that resonates with viewers and packs an emotional punch that might bring a bystander into a fight for justice. Imagery can be powerful stuff.

Questions to ask kids:

  • What is your first reaction to image you see?
  • What is happening?
  • What elements seem real?
  • What do you think the artist is trying to convey?
  • What emotions are you feeling when you view the art work?
  • Do you emotions change the longer you look at it?
  • Why do you think the artist created this piece?

More questions to ask kids from Art Curator for Kids. Art Curator for Kids also has more Civil Rights Art here and here.

What do you think? What images do you like best from this collection? Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

p.s. I have some posts on books for Civil Rights Movement for kids here:

Civil Rights Movement  and MLK Books for 4th Grade

Top 10: Best Children’s Books on Civil Rights

(Meeting Ruby Bridges) Civil Rights Picture Book of the Day

The Problem We All Live With, Ruby Bridges in Norman Rockwell painting

The Problem We All Live With by Norman Rockwell, image from Norman Rockwell Museum

From Rhode Island School of Design Museum

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Teach Kids Spanish with Lil Libros board books

Teach Toddlers Spanish with Lil Libros

No one in my family can speak Spanish but we’ve been trying for more than ten years to learn to converse. Our efforts have gone in waves of high effort and burn out but we are now at a good place where my kids actually want to go on immersion trips to learn to speak Spanish.

They weren’t always so enthusiastic about learning, however. And their lack of effort resulted in very little retention. Still, I don’t consider the lessons they took to be a total loss; the two youngest kids can roll their “r’s.”

It’s been my experience that learning a language when you don’t speak it yourself requires stealthiness. You need to keep the kids exposed more than just weekly tutoring sessions and it has to be fun or they will resist.

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Fond Memories of Katie Woo & 3 Book #giveaway

Fond Memories of Katie Woo & 3 Book #giveaway

When PickyKidPix was in 5th grade, she fell in love with the Katie Woo series but it’s not what you think. She and her friend Griffin liked to hang out in the Early Chapter Book corner of the library during library time. I would imagine that they were screwing around, as they tend to do. Their friend Avi found them there, and low and behold, were the Katie Woo books.

At first, instead of looking for a book to check out, they would read the Katie Woo books and act out the parts. You’d think that my daughter, being the only female AND Asian-American would be Katie Woo! No, “that’s racist, Mom,” says my daughter. She was the narrator because that part has the most lines.

part of the Katie Woo Club

My daughter is in the center and Griffin is to the right. Two members of the Katie Woo Club.

Griffin, who is bi-racial (and proud of it) African-American, was Katie Woo. Avi played all other characters. This library time diversion morphed into the Katie Woo Club, an exclusive club that my daughter assures me everyone wanted to join. Membership was exclusive to the three original founding members though, something that reminded me of Katie Woo, except that she would be nicer and would relent to let in new members. Read more…

2016 Newbery Winners

2016 Caldecott, Newbery Winners and More!

The 2016 Youth Media Awards will be announced at 8 a.m. Eastern time on Monday, January 11, 2016, during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibition in Boston.  Doors open at 7:30 a.m. local time. The Pura Belpré Award marks its 20th anniversary in 2016.

My predictions for the Caldecott and Newbery this year are here. I totally missed the mark for the Caldecott but the pundits that I follow were right about the Newbery.

Caldecott Medal and Honor Books 2016

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It honors the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

2016 Caldecott Winner

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

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Robert Liu-Trujillo Multicultural Children's Book Day FREE poster

Multicultural Children’s Book Day FREE Poster

Robert C. Trujillo

Our Multicultural Children’s Book Day illustrator is Robert Liu-Trujillo!! Get our FREE downloadable poster: Multicultural Children’s Book Day FREE Downloadable Poster. You can also download via Dropbox here.
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International Book Giving Day

International Book Giving Day Poster Reveal! #BookGivingWednesday

International Book Giving Day takes place on 14th February each year. The aim? To get books into the hands of as many children as possible.

14th February is about sharing the love of books! #bookgivingday

International Book Giving Day is a 100% volunteer initiative aimed at increasing children’s access to and enthusiasm for books.

  • Most children in developing countries do not own books.
  • In the United Kingdom, one-third of children do not own books.
  • In the United States, two-thirds of children living in poverty do not own books.

International Book Giving Day’s focus is on encouraging people worldwide to give a book to a child on February 14th. We invite individuals to:

1) gift a book to a friend or family member,

2) leave a book in a waiting room for children to read

3) donate a gently used book to a local library, hospital or shelter or to an organization that distributes used books to children in need internationally. Read more…

Civil Rights Movement Books for 4th Grade and MLK Day

Civil Rights Movement Books for 4th Grade and MLK Day

Civil Rights Movement Unit for 4th Grade

In honor of Martin Luther King, Junior day, I wanted to share my son’s 4th grade Civil Rights Movement project. His teacher created a really great time line that I hope will be helpful as well.

I am Jackie Robinson (Ordinary People Change the World) by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos

I’m not sure if I would consider Jackie Robinson “ordinary.” He was, after all, the first UCLA student ever to letter in four sports in the same season! His family’s backstory of how they shared extra food with everyone in the neighborhood, regardless of color helps to give insight into how he had the inner strength to withstand the pressure as the first African American major league baseball player. This picture book uses cartoons as well as text to tell his story and skillfully draws the reader into his extraordinary life. [picture book, ages 5 and up]

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