Screen shot 2014-10-27 at 3.05.34 PMYikang’s Day – From Dawn To Dusk In A Chinese City, Written By Sungwan So

This is a wonderful “day in the life” book that follows a young girl named Yikang throughout her day, from breakfast with her family, through her school day and back home for dinner and family time. Set in the northern city of Changzi (Shanxi Province), this brightly photographed story is a great way to learn more about life in modern China. It’s also a fun way to start discussions about how life in other cultures may be different and how it might be the same.

For instance, many students will recognize the subjects that Yikang studies during her day such as art, math and music. Plus there’s exercise time at school and a flag salute that’s similar to many US schools.  However, Yikang goes to school on a bicycle and gets to go home for an extended lunch – returning at about 3 PM! Along with a nice story, the book also has very good notes about Chinese culture, names and surnames and much more.

Part of the Dawn to Dusk book series, Yikang’s day is a great way to help kids see the world through the eyes of a child growing up in a different culture.  Some other favorite Dawn To Dusk titles are also listed below as well!

Bongani’s Day: From Dawn to Dusk in a South African City (A Child’s Day)
by Gisèle Wulfsohn

Cássio’s Day: From Dawn to Dusk in a Brazilian Village (A Child’s Day) by Maria de Fatima Campos

Iina-Marja’s Day: From Dawn to Dusk in Lapland (A Child’s Day) by Jaakko Alatalo


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Coloring Book CoverColoring is such a fun way to explore the world with kids.

This 14 page E-book available as an immediate digital download from TeachersPayTeachers shares a dozen different instruments from world cultures plus a map of where you might find them. Instruments included are ones that are easily recognized – like the guitar – but also more unusual instruments that come from Russia, India, China, Hawaii and South America as well.

uke bwColoring the black and white image, learning about the instrument and locating it’s country of origin are just a few ways that classrooms and homeschoolers use this book to explore a world of music.


Written by Kathy Tucker, Illustrated By Grace Lin

Once upon a time there were seven Chinese sisters – 6 older girls and one young baby.  They all lived together happily together, each with their own unique set of talents.  Then one day, a hungry dragon arrives and is bent on stealing the baby sister.

How will the other six sisters save the day?  It’s a wonderful, heroic tale of how each person’s unique talents make a difference in the world.

A beautiful, fanciful story with great girl/female role models!

The Seven Chinese Sisters (Paperback)

By (author): Kathy Tucker

Once there were seven Chinese sisters who lived together and took care of each other. Each one had a special talent. When baby Seventh Sister is snatched by a hungry dragon, her loving sisters race to save her.
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Retold/Written and Illustrated by Ed Young

It’s interesting how some story themes find their way all around the world.

Lon Po Po is very much like the story known as Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf. In this story, a loving mom must leave her three smart and clever daughters – Shang, Tao, and Paotze – to visit their grandmother on her birthday.  She gives them instructions on how to be safe, but the wolf nearby is clever.

He knocks at the door and declares that he is Grandma.  Then he blows the candle out and tries to find other ways to get close enough to harm the girls.  But the three sisters are not fooled – they outwit the wolf at every turn with brilliant and clever moves – overcoming evil with a sharp mind and a good heart.

Although the cover of the book and some illustrations can appear a bit scary for youngest readers, the book is uplifting and has a happy ending.  It’s great to see young girls in strong roles – ready, willing and able to overcome evil with the power of their mind and their heart.


"(Young's) command of page composition and his sensitive use of color give the book a visual force that matches the strength of the story and stands as one of the illustrator's best efforts." --Booklist

"Absolutely splendid." -- Kirkus Reviews. "An extraordinary and powerful book." -- Publisher's Weekly

The now-classic Chinese retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, and one of the most celebrated picture books of our time.
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Motherbridge of Love (Hardcover)

By (author): Xinran

This beautiful poem celebrates the bond between parent and child in a special way. Through the exchanges between a little Chinese girl and her mother, Motherbridge of Love offers a poignant and inspiring message to parents and children all over the world.
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Written by Xinran, Illustrated By Josée Masse

How do you answer an adopted child’s questions when they ask – “Who is my mother?” or “where do I come from?”.  This beautiful book presents a lovely and poetic way to share an explanation of the combined heritages of adoptive children.

The book is actually a poem that was submitted anonymously to the charity – Motherbridge of Love.
Located in the UK, Motherbridge of Love, was set up by prominent Chinese Journalist and author Xinran who wanted to find a way to connect adopted girls from China with their birth culture

Not only beautifully written, but elegantly illustrated by Josée Masse, the book also shares a version of the poem written in Chinese calligraphy.  A wonderful find for anyone who has adopted or is considering adoption, every page of this book shares a message of the love and care that link the birth mother, the adopted mother and the child through a “motherbridge of love.”

Highly recommended!

Categories : adoption, China
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Written By Nina Simonds and Leslie Swartz, Illustrated By Meilo So

The next book I’d like to recommend was one of our first purchases after we came back from China: Moonbeams, Dumplings and Dragon Boats: a Treasury of Chinese Holiday Tales, Activities and Recipes, by Nina Simonds, Leslie Swartz and the Children’s Museum, Boston. This treasure is a reference guide, holiday cookbook, craft book, customs guide, and folktale library is a phenomenal addition to anyone who would like to explore Chinese holidays. Not only does it cover Chinese New Year, but equally expounds on the Lantern Festival, Qing Ming, the Dragon Boat Festival, and the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. If you are interested in Chinese culture and celebrations, you will love this book.

This book chosen and reviewed by Becky Morales of Kid World Citizen.  There are lots of wonderful resources for learning more about Chinese New Year as well as a host of exciting world cultural traditions at:


Filled with delectable recipes, hands-on family activities, and traditional tales to read aloud, this extraordinary collection will inspire families everywhere to re-create the magic of Chinese holidays in their own homes. They can feast on golden New Year's dumplings and tasty moon cakes, build a miniature boat for the Dragon Boat Festival and a kite at Qing Ming, or share the story of the greedy Kitchen God or the valiant warrior Hou Yi.
This stunning compilation from bestselling cookbook author Nina Simonds and Leslie Swartz of the Children's Museum, Boston, is the perfect gift for families that have embraced Chinese holidays for generations--and for those just beginning new traditions.
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Written by Grace Chang, Illustrated By Chong Chang

On Monday, January 23, 2012 the Lunar New Year is here! For the next 15 days billions (literally) of people will be celebrating 2012, as the year of the dragon. Here are two of our favorite books about Chinese dragons.

For an introduction to Chinese dragons, there is no greater book than Jin Jin The Dragon. Beijing-native Grace Chang has crafted a magical story about a dragon who is searching for his identity. With help from many wise animals he meets on his quest, he gets a name, and learns what he can accomplish with his inner strength and courage.

This book chosen and reviewed by Becky Morales of Kid World Citizen.  There are lots of wonderful resources for learning more about Chinese New Year as well as a host of exciting world cultural traditions at:

Jin Jin the Dragon (Hardcover)

By (author): Grace Chang

In this captivating tale, the newly hatched Jin Jin goes on a quest to discover what sort of a creature he is. Along the way he meets a fish, an eagle, a lion, and many other animals with which he shares some characteristics. As he compares himself to them he declares, "I'm a little part of each of you, but not quite like any of you!" Then when he meets Turtle and Old Crane, not only does he find out that he's a dragon, but very special dragon. He's a Chinese dragon, unlike most dragons depicted in fairy tales and furthermore, he has a very special talent. As the story unfolds, readers learn about Chinese culture, the origin of Chinese characters and the lore of Chinese dragons. Jin Jin the dragon is a charming parable of self-discovery suitable for children wondering about their own identities and origin.
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Written By Arthur Cotterel

A great book – both visually and for it’s educational content!

Travel back in time to visit ancient China – a world of a myriad of discoveries and a profoundly advanced civilization. Like all of the Eyewitness books, it’s filled with brilliant photographs that bring history alive – from pictures of the famous terra cotta army to ancient instruments, acupuncture needles, bronzework and beautiful calligraphy brushes.  Discover how both leaders and average citizens lived as well as other details of daily life such as unusual systems of irrigation and weapons used in battle.  The books begins at the bronze age and follows Chinese history to the days of the last emperor and succeeds at being informative, entertaining and educational

Stealth learning at it’s finest!

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Written by Valerie Petrillo

This book is a great way to learn about the culture and traditions of people who came to the US from China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, India, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.  There is a series of 70 crafts exploring cooking, art, dance, folklore and holidays as well as language, history and outstanding historical figures.

Some of my favorites from this book are the Mehndi hand painting, the Japanese fish printing craft, ribbon dancing activities, origami, taiko drumming and even a snakes and ladders game from India and a “kick-the-can” game from the Philippines.  There are lots of wonderfully easy recipes for such goodies as rice balls, Banana Lassi (yogurt drink), Vietnamese beef noodle soup and Cambodian spring rolls plus lots of suggestions for sweets!  Lastly, there are also pages for learning basic phrases in several languages such as Mandarin and Hindi.

All in all, this book is a treasure of information as well as fun activities that can liven up the home or classroom at Chinese New Year or any time of year!

Highly recommended!

Hands-on activities, games, and crafts introduce children to the diversity of Asian American cultures and teach them about the people, experiences, and events that have shaped Asian American history. This book is broken down into sections covering American descendents from various Asian countries, including China, Japan, Korea, Philippines, India, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Topics include the history of immigration from Asian countries, important events in U.S. history, sidebars on famous Asian Americans, language lessons, and activities that highlight arts, games, food, clothing, unique celebrations, and folklore. Kids can paint a calligraphy banner, practice Tai Chi, fold an origami dog or cat, build a Japanese rock garden, construct a Korean kite, cook bibingka, and create a chalk rangoli. A time line, glossary, and recommendations for Web sites, books, movies, and museums round out this multicultural guide.
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