It’s Time For Holi!

Holi is a popular Indian festival that takes place at the end of the winter season. The celebration of Holi brings people closer together. During Holi, people welcome spring by throwing colored water or powder on one another. This story begins during the winter season, with a boy who is anxiously waiting for spring and the celebration of Holi to begin. When Holi day finally arrives, he can’t wait to celebrate. He decides to use his colored powders– before his family and friends arrive! As he explores the different colored powders, he starts to relate the colors to what he sees happening in nature during springtime. Through his own exploration, he learns more about the significance of this colorful festival.

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The Umbrella Queen

When Noot is finally allowed to paint umbrellas like the other women and girls in her villatge, she secrely hopes that she might be chosen as this year’s Umbrella Queen.  Carefully, she creates serene flowers and butterflies- exactly as she has seen her mother and grandmother do for years.

But soon her imagination takes over, and Noot finds herself straying from the old patterns to the dismay of her family, who depend on the traditionally painted umbrellas for their livlihood.

Her parents tell her she must go back to the old designs and Noot obeys, knowing that the King is coming soon to name the one who has painted the most beautiful umbrella.  after all, the King would never choose a queen who breaks from tradition…would he?

Long-Long’s New Year: A Story About The Chinese Spring Festival

In this beautifully illustrated picture book, a little Chinese boy named Long-Long accompanies his grandfather into the city to sell cabbages in order to buy food and decorations for the New Year. Selling cabbages is harder than Long-Long expects, and he encounters many adventures before he finds a way to help his grandfather, and earn New Year’s treats for his mother and little cousin. The stunning, authentic illustrations-by a talented Chinese artist-capture the look of everyday life in rural China. Combined with the charming story of Long-Long’s trip to the city, they offer a unique introduction to Chinese culture. Includes a glossary of Chinese terms.

Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats: A Treasury Of Chinese Holiday Tales, Activities & Recipes

Presents background information, related tales, and activities for celebrating five Chinese festivals–Chinese New Year, the Lantern Festival, Qing Ming, the Dragon Boat Festival, and the Moon Festival.

Book Fiesta!: Celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day; Celebremos El Dia De Los Ninos/El Dia De Los Libros

Take a ride in a long submarine or fly away in a hot air balloon. Whatever you do, just be sure to bring your favorite book! Rafael López’s colorful illustrations perfectly complement Pat Mora’s lilting text in this delightful celebration of El día de los ni_os/El día de los libros; Children’s Day/Book Day. Toon! Toon!Includes a letter from the author and suggestions for celebrating El día de los ni_os/El día de los libros; Children’s Day/Book Day.Pasea por el mar en un largo submarino o viaja lejos en un globo aerostftico. No importa lo que hagas, _no olvides traer tu libro preferido! Las coloridas ilustraciones de Rafael López complementan perfectamente el texto rítmico de Pat Mora en esta encantadora celebración de El día de los ni_os/El día de los libros. _Tun! _Tun!Incluye una carta de la autora y sugerencias para celebrar El día de los ni_os/El día de los libros.The author will donate a portion of the proceeds from this book to literacy initiatives related to Children’s Day/Book Day.La autora donarf una porción de las ganancias de este libro a programas para fomentar la alfabetización relacionados con El día de los ni_os/El día de los libros.