Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Everyday Diversity Books for Babies and Toddlers

Everyday Diversity Books for Babies and Toddlers
Here is the second booklist with Everyday Diversity titles. This one is geared to the youngest children: babies and toddlers. Here you can find books about babies with diverse heritages who pal around with doggies, get a fish for a pet, go to bed, and put on red socks in the morning. The point is that they are all in everday situations that are more or less universal to the little ones. Here is a link to the site.

Something Adoptive Families Can Get Behind: Everyday Diversity Books for Kids

Everyday Diversity Books for Children Ages 3-8

Have you ever wished there were books that showed kids that look like your kid, doing everyday things? I was always happy to find books with Asian characters for my daughter, but lots of them took place in ancient China, or in Chinatown. I wanted to see books about things like visiting going to the library, or working out disagreements with playmates, or losing a tooth, that happened to have a main character with Chinese heritage.

This site, and the one mentioned below, have lists of books with diverse main characters involved in a variety of things--reading books, playing with blocks, riding the bus, dancing--you know, things that all kids do. Some of them are Asian, though it would still be nice to see even more Asian characters. But I feel it's important to read our kids books with pictures of all kinds of heritages so that they see all the cultures of America reflected in the books they read.

Here's the link for this booklist There are lots and lots of titls. 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Printable Bookmarks for Year of the Rooster

Printable Bookmarks for Year of the Rooster

This is an easy craft that you can use with a group for Year of the Rooster. Just print, cut, and go. Bookmarks include pinyin words and Chinese characters for "Happy New Year." You can click for printable templates.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Printable Greeting Cards for Year of the Rooster

Printable Greeting Cards for Year of the Rooster

There are cards to just print and color, and then there are other cards for which you have a template to make a rooster that you can attach to a card. You can get the templates and instructions here. 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Coloring Pages for Year of the Rooster

Coloring Pages for Year of the Rooster

This is the simplest idea of all if you are doing a Chinese New Year program in this Year of the Rooster. Just print out these ready-to-go coloring pages, give the kids markers, colored pencils, or crayons, and let them go to it.You can find the printable templates here. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Printables for Year of the Rooster

Printable Crafts for the Year of the Rooster

The year of the rooster will be here soon. It starts January 28, 2017. If you are a teacher, librarian, or parent who has found yourself in charge of Chinese New Year activities this year, this site will be a godsend. It has dozens of easy crafts that you can print and go. Greeting cards, bookmarks, coloring pages, lanterns, these kid-friendly roosters are a simple way to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Happy Spring Festival!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Great Books for Families with Children from China

Have you seen the book sites by Adele Jeunette? She does a great job of bringing together all kinds of books about China and Chinese-Americans in these sites. There are books for all ages of kids, as well as parents, and include novels, folktales, nonfiction books, cookbooks--just about everything you could think of. Here are the links:

Best Books for Chinese New Year

Best Books for Boys

Best Books for Elementary School Girls

Best Books for Tween Girls

Best Books for Teen Girls

Best Books for Moms

Best Books on Adoption from China

Best Resources for a Homeland Trip to China