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]
Multicultural Children’s Book Day is coming up on January 27, 2018. Wondering how to participate?
1. Link up your diversity children’s book reviews. I’ll have a post with a linky on January 27th and you can add your link there. The review can be on a blog post, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest or YouTube.
2. Join us for our 5th Twitter Party where we will be giving away hundreds of multicultural children’s books. RSVP here. (Winners need to be registered so we know where to send your book bundle.) Read more…
I’m thrilled today to do a very special cover reveal for Saadia Faruqi’s debut children’s book series, Yasmin.
Meet Yasmin! by Saadia Faruqi, illustrated by Hatem Aly
Yasmin Ahmad is a spirited second-grader who’s always on the lookout for those “aha” moments to help her solve life’s little problems. Taking inspiration from her surroundings and her big imagination, she boldly faces any situation―assuming her imagination doesn’t get too big, of course! A creative thinker and curious explorer, Yasmin and her multi-generational Pakistani American family will delight and inspire readers. [easy reader, for ages 5 and up]
My oldest daughter, Grasshopper and Sensei, loves design, particularly industrial design. I am frequently buying bottles full of unappetizing liquids that I am forced to drink because she loves the shape and design of the bottle.
I think my daughter will apply her artistic skills towards social justice projects. I saw a glimpse of this recently when she wrote to Mama Chia about their eco-unfriendly package design. What really made me happy was how she combined her SIMS math class (real world applications of math through group work) with her industrial design interest: Read more…
We visited California College of the Arts (CCA) in late August when the school wasn’t in session.
We started off on the Oakland campus and took an hour and a half tour. Then we went to the San Francisco campus for another hour and a half tour. We learned that the Oakland campus is slated to close over the next two to three years as CCA transitions to an expanded San Francisco campus.
That’s a shame because while it will be more efficient for students who have to travel back and forth, the Oakland campus has a rustic “sleepaway art camp” vibe that is very appealing. It was my first time to Oakland, and my husband who grew up in Monterey, was wary of the location. His impression was that it was unsafe. It turns out that Oakland has been in the process of gentrifying over the last five years. Single home prices have shot up from $85k to $400k, pricing out our Uber driver for example. Read more…