This weekend, in celebration of the Lunar New Year, we read Bringing In the New Year by Grace Lin.
In this book, a Chinese American family gets ready for the Lunar New Year. Everyone in the family helps out in different ways: by sweeping out the old year, making dumplings, listening for fireworks, and lighting lanterns to light the New Year's way. This was a perfect book to read with the babies this weekend as the Lunar New Year celebration started yesterday.
I love Grace Lin's picture books (and her chapter books for that matter!). She is a local author in Boston and has even visited one of the schools where I used to teach! Her illustrations are vibrant and detailed and often have simple text that is perfect for little ones. The babies both LOVED the extra-long page at the end filled with a dragon as the family celebrates the new year.
If you have older kids, Grace Lin has a lot of activity ideas on her website related to this book and many of her other books as well!