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Celebrating Lunar New Year & Embracing Culture Through Reading 

Welcome to The Maven Mindset, where we believe in the magic of reading and the power it holds, especially in the formative years before the age of 5. Today, we delve into a vibrant world of culture, tradition, and language as we celebrate the Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year. Why the two names, you ask? While 'Chinese New Year' refers specifically to the celebration within Chinese communities, 'Lunar New Year' encompasses similar celebrations across various Asian cultures that follow the lunar calendar.

At The Maven School, where we teach Mandarin, we understand the importance of cultural exposure in shaping young, open minds. It's more than just learning a language; it’s about embracing the beauty in diversity, which is ever so crucial in our global community. In light of nationwide events, fostering understanding and appreciation for Asian cultures is a powerful step towards countering ignorance and hate.

In our Book Haven, we have a special collection that brings the Lunar New Year to life, highlighting Chinese culture, traditions, and the joy of being Asian. Let's explore these enchanting books:

Chinese New Year & Lunar New Year Specific:

The Night Before Lunar New Year by Lingfeng Ho, illustrated by Amy Wummer: A wonderful story that captures the anticipation and joy of the Lunar New Year’s Eve.

Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin: This vibrant book is a celebration of the Lunar New Year as seen through the eyes of a Chinese family, filled with color, excitement, and traditions.

The Great Race by Christopher Corr: A beautifully illustrated book that tells the story of the Chinese Zodiac and the Lunar New Year.

Ruby's Chinese New Year by Vickie Lee, illustrated by Joey Chou: Follow Ruby as she prepares for the Lunar New Year, highlighting customs and the joy of the festival.

Chinese New Year Colors by Rich Lo: A beautiful introduction to the colors and symbols associated with the Lunar New Year, perfect for the youngest readers.

Gordon and Li Li Celebrate Chinese New Year by Michele Wong McSween, illustrated by Jeannie Chen: Join these charming characters as they experience the customs of the Lunar New Year. 

Stories That Beautifully Depict Asian Culture

Eyes that Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho, illustrated by Dung Ho: A personal favorite, this book is a celebration of Asian features, self-love, and the beauty found within one’s heritage.

A BIG Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin: A whimsical tale that combines a story about the phases of the moon with the tradition of mooncakes.

Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao by Kat Zhang, illustrated by Charlene Chua: This delightful story showcases a young girl's determination to make the perfect bao, a popular Chinese food.

Engaging Books Introducing Chinese Language and Culture

My First Mandarin Words With Gordon and Li Li by Michele Wong McSween, illustrated by Jeannie Chen: This engaging book is perfect for beginners in Mandarin, featuring two lovable characters, Gordon and Li Li.

Bao Bao Learns Chinese: A delightful book that introduces basic Mandarin words to children, encouraging them to embrace the language and culture.

In My Home and Book of Family by Habbi Habbi: These books offer a glimpse into daily life and family dynamics, presenting them in both English and Mandarin.

Book of Emotions and Foodie Friends by Habbi Habbi: These fun and educational books help children explore emotions and food, two significant aspects of Chinese culture.

Each of these books is a window into a world rich with stories, traditions, and languages, reminding us of the beauty in our differences and the unity in our celebrations. By introducing these books to our children, we are not only teaching them about a significant cultural festival but also instilling in them the values of inclusivity and respect.

Remember, using the affiliate links on our blog to purchase these books supports The Maven School’s mission. Together, let's turn the pages of these wonderful stories and embark on a journey of cultural discovery and understanding.

We'd love to hear about your favorite books that celebrate culture and diversity. Please share your recommendations in the comments below!

Happy Lunar New Year, and happy reading!

The Maven School Team 🌕📚✨

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