I’m excited to announce a quarterly series with Debbi Michiko Florence, author of early chapter book series Jasmine Toguchi! We want to highlight Asian culture in a way that kids can relate to and that means … hands-on activities, food they can help prepare and eat, and a book list!
We have crafted a series of six topics, one per quarter for the next year and a half, that explore Asian culture in a fun way: Asian New Year, Asian Drumming, Pink Flamingo Day, Picnic & Scavenger Hunt, Snow Statues and Sumo! We hope you will enjoy this series!
To kick of this series, we are also giving away two of Debbi Michiko Florence’s Jasmine Toguchi books. To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom.
Asian Culture Series: Asian Crafts and Activities
We will be exploring and celebrating Asian New Year. Did you know that Japanese New Year and Korean New Year are celebrated on January 1st, but Chinese New Year and Tet, the Vietnamese New Year, is celebrated based on the lunar calendar? More Chinese New Year books here.
Chinese New Year: The Nian Monster by Andrea Andrea Wang, illustrated by Alina Chau
Vietnamese New Year: Ten Mice for Tet by Pegi Deitz Shea and Cynthia Weill, illustrated by To Ngoc Trang
Korean New Year: New Clothes for New Year’s Day by Hyun-joo Bae
We will be making some noise in February with Asian drumming, learning about Japanese Taiko and the Chinese Lion Dance which also has drummers.
Recipe: Almond Cookies
Activities: Make an oatmeal box drum, make a hachi-maki (Japanese headband)
Taiko Drumming: Jasmine Toguchi, Drummer Girl by Debbi Michiko Florence, illustrated by Elizabet Vukovic
Lion Dance: Lion Dancer, Ernie Wan’s Chinese New Year by Madeline Slovenz Low and Kate Waters, photographs by Martha Cooper
May 2018: Pink Flamingo Day
Pink Flamingo Day is coming up on June 23rd which celebrates the work of Don Featherstone, the creator of the plastic lawn flamingo!
Recipe: Pink Cupcakes (with a flamingo face!)
Activity: Pink Flamingo Paper Bag Puppet, Daruma Wishing Doll with paper plate
Pink Flamingos: Jasmine Toguchi, Flamingo Keeper by Debbi Michiko Florence, illustrated by Elizabet Vukovic
August 2018: Picnic and Scavenger Hunt
It’s summer so let’s go outdoors. We will be celebrating by going on a nature scavenger hunt. Why not pack a picnic as well in a bento?
Recipe: Jasmine’s Brownies without Nuts (to pack for the picnic)
Activity: Nature Scavenger Hunt, Fold an Origami Doll
Scavenger Hunt: Jasmine Toguchi, Super Sleuth by Debbi Michiko Florence, illustrated by Elizabet Vukovic
Scavenger Hunt: Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Bento: Little Bento: 32 Irresistable Bento Box Lunches for Kids by Michele Olivier
November 2018: Snow Statues
It might not be snowing where you live, but let’s explore winter in Sapporo Japan where there’s a snow festival called Yukimatsuri. Let’s also take a look at ice sculptures in Boston, near where Debbi and I live.
Recipe: Tea Ceremony
Activity: Snow (or sand or dirt) Statues
Celebrating Snow: A Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Celebrating Snow: Here Comes Jack Frost by Kazuno Kohara
Winter Adventure: Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighorn George
February 2019: Sumo
My first picture book, Sumo Joe, is coming out in a few months, so I thought I’d explore sumo though it can be enjoyed year round since there are six big sumo tournaments every year that start in January and go through November.
Recipe: Sumo Rice Balls
Activity: Stomp Like a Sumo (Shiko Stomping), learn a few Japanese sumo words
Sumo: Sumo Joe by Mia Wenjen, illustrated by Nat Iwata (coming Spring 2019)
Sumo: Sumo Boy by Hirotaka Nakagawa, illustrated by Yoshifumi Hasegawa
Sumo: Sumo by Thien Pham
Rice Balls: Simply Onigiri: Fun and Creative Recipes for Japanese Rice Balls by Sanae Inada
2 Book Jasmine Toguchi Book GIVEAWAY!
We are giving away Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen and Jasmine Toguchi, Super Sleuth. Please fill out the Rafflecopter below to enter. We can only mail to U.S. addresses. This book set will go to one winner!
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