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Bringing in the Chinese New Year

This next New Year by Janet S. Wong

A young boy looks forward to Chinese New Year - also known as the Lunar New Year, the day of the first new moon. It is a time of hope, and you don't have to be Chinese to celebrate it! His best friend, Glenn, who is French and German, and his cousin Evelyn, part Hopi and part Mexican, like the food and the envelopes of money, while he celebrates the fresh start the day offers. He cleans the house to make room for luck, and is glad the palms of his hands itch - that means he is coming intomoney. Most of all, he vows not to say things such as "can't do / don't have / why me" because he has dreams he is ready to make come true. Janet S. Wong's spare, lyrical couplets voice a child's determination to face the new year with courage and optimism. Yangsook Choi captures the spirit of celebration in her vibrant, energetic pictures.


The runaway wok: a Chinese New Year tale by Ying Chang Compestine

When Ming goes to the market to buy food and comes home with an empty old wok instead, his parents wonder what they'll eat for dinner.  But they soon learn that Ming brought home a wok with a mind of its own.Singing skippty-hoppity-ho, the wok rolls out of Ming's house and returns chock-full of treats for Ming's family-more than enough to share.  Will the magic wok and Ming's generosity be enough to bring a happy Chinese New Year to the poor families of Beijing?


Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin

A Chinese American family prepares for and celebrates the Lunar New Year. End notes discuss the customs and traditions of Chinese New Year.


Happy Chinese New Year, Kai-lan! by Lauryn Silverhardt

Join Kai-lan for a Chinese New Year celebration! Kai-lan and her friends get to carry the dragon costume in the big parade - but can they work together to make the dragon dance?


Happy, happy Chinese New Year! by Demi

You do not want to miss this powerful story about one woman’s passion for trees and her commitment to make a difference in her community. While this is an especially great selection for your grade school scholar, everyone in your family will love reading about Kate Sessions and her vision that will one day transform an entire city. Celebrate love for Mother Earth this Valentine’s Day and pick up a copy of this historical and heartfelt book.


My first Chinese New Year by Karen Katz

Hooray! Hooray! Soon it will be Chinese New Year. A fun and colorful way to introduce the Chinese New Year to young readers Chinese New Year is a time of new beginnings. Follow one little girl as she learns how to welcome the coming year and experience all the festivities surrounding it. This warm and lively introduction to a special holiday will make even the youngest child want to start a Chinese New Year tradition!


A New Year's reunion by Li-Qiong Yu

Little Maomao's father works in faraway places and comes home just once a year, for Chinese New Year. At first Maomao barely recognizes him, but before long the family is happily making sticky rice balls, listening to firecrackers, and watching the dragon dance in the streets below. Papa gets a haircut, makes repairs to the house, and hides a lucky coin for Maomao to find. Which she does! But all too soon it is time for Papa to go away again. This poignant, vibrantly illustrated tale, which won the prestigious Feng Zikai Chinese Children's Picture Book Award in 2009, is sure to resonate with every child who misses relatives when they are away--and shows how a family's love is strong enough to endure over time and distance.


Celebrate Chinese New Year by Elaine A Kule

Do you know someone who celebrates Chinese New Year? Did you know that it lasts for fifteen days? Learn about the history behind this holiday, the symbols, and how it is celebrated today. Learn about dragons, fireworks, the zodiac and much more!


Chinese New Year crafts by Karen E Bledsoe

It is the Chinese New Year and everyone is in the mood to celebrate. Using these easy-to-follow directions and traceable patterns, readers can make good luck banners, noisemakers, a dragon costume, and more!

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In Oklahoma City, born and raised, in the backyard is where I spent most of my days.
Chillin' out, reading, playing with the dogs, or climbing up trees or trying to catch frogs.
When I was a little older, but still in school,
I started looking around for a job that I thought might be cool.
I tried music stores, Starbucks, office jobs, and then finally....I thought, "Nah, forget those...Let's try the library."

I started as a page in Edmond and then it became clear,
This was the greatest job, and not just for Senior year.
Over the next several years, I moved up through the system.
From page, to circ clerk, to librarian for children.
I went and got my Masters in LIS;
I kept working hard and trying to do my best.

Now I still do programs and school visits and festivals,
Work with the community and sometimes train other professionals,
Help plan summer reading, every day is just a peach.
And that's what I do as the Children's Coordinator in Outreach

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