Auntie Tiger wishes you a Happy New Year

Everybody’s talking about Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother right now.  I have to admit, the first thing that title makes me think of is a completely unrelated book:

Auntie Tiger
Auntie Tiger
by Laurence Yep
Forget about having a mom who thinks she’s a tiger.  Imagine a tiger that pretends it’s your aunt!  In this version of Red Riding Hood set in China, Big Sister sets aside her differences with Little Sister to rescue her from a tiger in disguise.

Tiger, of course, is just one of the animals of the Chinese zodiac.  In a few days, we will leave the year of the tiger and begin the year of the rabbit.  If you are looking for a story for the year of the rabbit, how about

Buster Changes His Luck
by Marc Brown
Buster meets new friends in San Francisco’s Chinatown who teach him about the Chinese New Year and good luck symbols in Chinese culture.

As we have announced on the front page of the library website, we are closing early today (Tuesday) because of the blizzard and will be closed tomorrow (Wednesday).  Why not use some of the links from the library website to find Chinese New Year information and activities?

Our Databases for Children have information about Chinese New Year; try looking in the encyclopedias or the World Almanac.  Bookflix and Tumblebooks have Chinese New Year stories.  NoveList, in its “Recommended Reads” lists for ages 0 to 8, suggests books to read for different holidays.  The “New Year’s Day Around the World” list includes books for Chinese New Year and other Lunar New Year celebrations.  You will need to enter your library card number to use most of the databases.

Here are some websites that don’t require a library card number:

Find crafts, coloring pages, and lots more (they’re adding more as I type) at Activity Village.

Crafts, coloring pages, and suggested books are a listed at

Crayola has Chinese zodiac animal coloring pages and a dragon craft.

DTLK also has Chinese New Year and China-themed crafts.

Kaboose has lots and lots of Chinese New Year crafts plus information and activity ideas.

Aaron Shepard has stories and reader’s theater scripts set in China to help you celebrate the New Year.

Catch the Storybug Newsletter has stories about rabbits, Chinese New Year crafts, and information about the holiday.

Family Fun has Chinese New Year crafts and recipes, plus some background information on the holiday.

Reading, Writing, and Recipes has a writing prompt, a rice pudding recipe, some suggested books, and a poem for Chinese New Year.

Enchanted Learning has Chinese New Year crafts and classroom handouts.

Search ERIC for “Chinese New Year” to find lesson plans featuring crafts, children’s books, and ways to relate the holiday to curriculum areas like math and science.

Scholastic offers lots of Chinese New Year materials for teachers including lesson plans, book lists, and online activities.

Visit Thinkfinity to find Chinese New Year lesson plans sorted by grade level.

Find a printable chart of the Chinese zodiac animals on Jan Brett’s website, with her artwork and information about her book Daisy Comes Home.

The PBS Kids website has  online games on the site for Sagwa the cat and ZOOMdos for red envelopes and mooncakes.

Have fun, and stay safe and warm in this snow!

-Miss Sarah

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