March: The effect of Team Impact on the Boston College Women’s Soccer Team. Team Impact is a national nonprofit that matches kids facing serious and chronic illnesses with local college athletic teams. The bonds that formed can be life-long and life-changing. We will be learning about Lily and Alison Foley’s women’s varsity soccer team and what they have been up to thus far this year. Holly Confalone, a midfielder on the team, will be filling us in.
Happy Birthday to Lily…the newest member of the #BCWSoccer team as she signed her NLI with her teammates by her side yesterday.
Charlayne Hunter-Gault, was one of two black students to attend the University of Georgia fifty years ago. She recalls, “We were greeted by a screaming, howling mob of students, and I think some provocateurs…And as we walked under the arch, the students were yelling and screaming all kinds of epithets, and telling us to go home — in some cases saying, ‘Kill the you-know-what.’ ” From NPR
Today, she is an American journalist and former foreign correspondent for National Public Radio, and the Public Broadcasting Service. She also wrote the Introduction to Heroes of Black History: Biographies of Four Great Americans here: TFK_HeroesOfBlackHistory_Intro.Read more…
Author Debbi Michiko Florence and I will be making some noise with our February offering in our Asian Culture series. This month we explore Asian drumming through books, crafts and recipes. We will be learning about Japanese Taiko and Chinese Lion Dance which also has drummers.
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Please welcome my guest blogger today, Gabriela Simmons, with her post on using books to teach kids another language.
Even though I grew up speaking various languages at home, it has not been an easy ride trying to pass these languages to the kids. I have gained the utmost respect for parents making the effort to help their kids become bilingual, trilingual, etc. It is simply hard work. I have felt like giving up many times, taking the easier route of speaking to the kids in the language that is easiest for them. However, no matter what try to keep it up as long as you can, you will not regret it in the long term. Read more…
A huge thank you to Amanda of Miss Panda Chinese for interviewing me on her channel. We talk about Multicultural Children’s Book Day, Chinese versus Japanese New Year Books for Kids, and more! Her post is here.
Chinese New Year is Friday, February 16, 2018 and it’s The Year of the Dog!
You are born in the Year of the Dog if your birthday falls in these periods:
According to the Chinese Zodiac, people born in the Year of the Dog are usually independent, sincere, loyal and decisive according. They are not afraid of difficulties in daily life, and tend to have harmonious relationships.
To celebrate Chinese New Year, The Year of the Dog, I am giving away four picture books AND 2 sets of Chinese Red Envelopes. Please enter by using the Rafflecopter below.
The Nian Monsterby Andrea Wang, illustrated by Alina Chau
The ancient legend of the Nian monster is the backstory to Chinese New Year and explains why this holiday is celebrated with the color red, loud noises and fire. XingLing knows about the Nian Monster but is shocked to see it appear in Shanghai, ready to devour her and her city. She uses her wits to outsmart iut. The special foods used to celebrate Chinese New Year also have a role to play in defeating the Nian monster. This is a charming picture book to read anytime of the year, but especially for Chinese New Year celebrations! [picture book, ages 4 and up]