Counting down to the new year

Here are a few books to help you start the year off right:

Amelia's must-keep resolutions for the best year ever
Amelia’s Must-keep Resolutions for the Best Year Ever!
by Marissa Moss
Amelia shares a notebook full of plans for the new year.

Angelina Ice Skates
Angelina Ice Skates
by Katharine Holabird
To keep a couple of bullies from ruining their New Year’s ice skating ballet, Angelina and her friends invite them to become part of the event. Working together, they create a celebration that is a tremendous success.

The Bravest Flute: A Story of Courage in the Mayan Tradition by Ann Grifalconi
In a traditional New Year’s Day celebration, a young Mayan boy leads a procession over the mountainous trail to the cathedral below, where he is rewarded by the village elders for his fortitude.

First Night
First Night
by Harriet Ziefert
While others participate by driving, riding, and making music, Amanda Dade leads the parade to welcome the arrival of the New Year.

Goodbye Old Year, Hello New Year by Frank Modell
Marvin and Milton want to celebrate the coming of the new year but fall asleep before midnight.

Happy New Year
Happy New Year
by Abbie Mercer
Learn about different ways of celebrating the New Year, and find directions for activities you can do.

Happy New Year Pooh
Happy New Yeah, Pooh by Kathleen W. Zoehfeld
Pooh’s calendar is broken!  When he turns the page after December, he discovers there are no more months!  Of course, Christopher Robin solves the problem as preschoolers learn all about the 12 months and the idea that at the end of each year, a new one begins.

Just in time for New Year's
Just in Time for New Year’s
by Karen Gray Ruelle
Cat siblings Harry and Emily try to stay up until midnight on New Year’s Eve.

New Year's Day
New Year’s Day
by Lynn Peppas
From New Year’s Eve to New Year’s Day, people around the world have different customs to welcome in the new year. Learn the history of New Year’s Day, and read about the fireworks, resolutions, and parades that make it so much fun!

The Night Before New Year's
The Night Before New Year’s
by Natasha Wing
In this version of Clement Moore’s classic poem, a brother and sister struggle to stay awake until midnight to ring in the new year.

Sent to Sydney
Sent to Sydney
by Lisa Thompson
Dom and Ella enjoy some of the sights and sounds of Sydney, Australia, while on a mission for the Secret World Adventure Team one New Year’s Eve.

Shante Keys and the New Year's Peas
Shanté Keys and the New Year’s Peas
by Gail Piernas-Davenport
When Shanté is sent to find black-eyed peas for her family’s New Year’s celebration, she learns about each of her neighbor’s New Year’s traditions in their home countries.

Squirrel's New Year's Resolution
Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution
by Pat Miller
Squirrel cannot think of a New Year’s resolution until she realizes that by helping her friends, she has made one after all.

-Miss Sarah

One response to “Counting down to the new year

  1. There was one book I didn’t include on this list because I wasn’t sure it referred to the January 1 New Year. An article in the December 29 Chicago Tribune answered my question. The book is The Peace Bell by Margi Preus. It tells the story of a bell that used to be rung on New Year’s Eve, was sent off for scrap metal during World War II, and eventually came back to the village intact and served as a symbol of peace. According to the Tribune article, Japan used to celebrate the lunar new year until 1873, when it adopted the Gregorian calendar and began to celebrate the new year on January 1.

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