Hello and happy Friday Ditto Kid's Friends!
As January winds down we're looking ahead to February and wanted to share today's book roundup with you a bit early to account for shipping time incase you want to grab a few titles for your home.
In the states some of us are still recovering from the busy holiday season but for many, the holiday season is far from over at the end of December.
With the Lunar New Year falling on February 12th this year in some countries and cultures the holiday season is just about to get started!
The Lunar holiday is widely associated with the Chinese New Year but it is actually a holiday that is celebrated across many Asian countries and territories marked by different traditions and celebrations from culture to culture.
To this end we set out to put together a booklist that was representative of not just one Lunar New Year tradition but of a range of practices and experiences. We are so grateful to have partnered with Shuli de la Fuente-Lau from @AsianLitForKids to bring you a list that is made up of #ownvoices and highlight a range of traditions and stories across cultures and countries.
Shuli runs a wonderful Instagram account that is dedicated to highlighting children's books that feature characters of "Asian and other BIPOC identities for all libraries, bookshelves, and cozy reading moments."Shuli was kind enough to help us curate a list of Lunar New Years' books to share with you today.
1. Taste of Lunar New Year by Cheryl Yau Chepusova & Isabel Foo // Illustrated by Mori Chiang
2. The Nian Monster by Andrea Wang // Illustrated by Alina Chau
3. A New Year's Reunion by Yu Li Qiong // Illustrated by Zhu Cheng Liang
4. The Colors of Tet by Ha Huyen // Illustrated by Ha Nguyen and Huyen Van
5. Bringing in the New Year by Grace Kin // Illustrated by Grace Lin
6. Dumpling Soup by Jama Kim Rattigas // Illustrated by Lillian Hsu-Flanders
Thanks to Shuli for her recommendations and time!
We hope you enjoy these books and that this Lunar New Year brings you prosperity and love.
- The Ditto Kids Team
If you appreciated these recommendations you can check out Shuli's page here and as always if you have the ability support BIPOC-owned bookshops as you stock your library.