- May 31 - King Library Opens at 1:00 PM
Lunar New Year is around the corner. Many Asian families celebrate this holiday. Do you want to take this opportunity to celebrate and explore Lunar New Year culture with us? If yes, let me share with you some of my favorite books, which my children and I read every year.
by Catherine Gower and He Zhihong
This story is about how Long-Long celebrates Chinese New Year.
This Next New Year by Janet S. Wong
The author introduces Chinese New Year customs from a child’s viewpoint. It helps children better understand those customs.
Runaway Rice Cake by Ying Chang Compestine
Rice cake is a traditional dessert for Chinese New Year, just like gingerbread for Christmas. It is interesting to describe a rice cake like The Gingerbread Man.
Sam and the Lucky Money by Karen Chinn
Everyone loves lucky money. What would you do with it? Sam was excited about going shopping with his lucky money, but at the end he decided to help a homeless man instead.
By Tricia Morrissey
This book is unique because it introduces Chinese New Year customs and Chinese Brush painting to readers at the same time.
There are many more books, like The Chinese New Year and Exploring Chinatown, talking about Lunar New Year in San José Public Library. You are welcome to visit our libraries as often as you want. Happy Lunar New Year!
Dreaming in Chinese : Mandarin lessons in life, love, and language by Deborah Fallows
Fallows gives excellent examples of the importance of social context of language learning and speaking, how language interacts with culture, and the features of Chinese that non native speakers find difficult: tone, indicating time and space, and lack of referential pronouns. Entertaining as well as enlightening.
Another book that discusses the cultural connection of Chinese language and society is Swallowing Clouds by A. Zee.
Do you want to learn Chinese? San José Public Library has books, audios and videos for children and adults. Recommended are the Pimsleur Chinese courses for Mandarin and Cantonese (aural approach) and Mango online language learning.
Coming soon to most San Jose Public Libraries is Volume 1 of Let's Go Guang!, a learning Chinese for children bilingual series. Join Ling and Kai when they discover the fun-loving dragon while looking for treasures in their Grandparent's basement. Through this story, children learn over 50 everyday words and phrases and also explore the rich culture and history of China. This kit contains a DVD that includes mini-lessons including how to make Chinese dumplings, an audio CD with sing-along songs, and the story book of Let's go Guang! The series won the Mom's ChoiceAward Gold Recipient for Educational Products. For ages 2 - 8 years old.