This week’s KidLit Pick is Our Moon Festival by Yobe Qiu.
While working in the classroom setting, author Yobe Qiu noticed that the Asian community was underrepresented as characters, authors, and their cultures in children's pictures books. That is when she decided to be a part of the solution!
One of her books, Our Moon Festival is a beautifully illustrated children's book, where readers will experience the unique ways the Japanese, Vietnamese, and Chinese communities celebrate the Moon Festival. The story highlights different families and their diverse traditions where the children learn about foods, traditions, dances, parades, and poetry involved in the celebration of the Moon Festival.
Moon Festival - On this day, the the moon is at its brightest and fullest size, coinciding with harvest time in the middle of Autumn. Lanterns of all size and shapes, are carried and displayed symbolizing beacons that light people's path to prosperity and good fortune.
What Author Aly loves:
· Readers will feel like they are a part of the holiday celebration by reading this book!
· Great resource to learn about Moon Festival which is September 21st.
· Our Moon Festival is one of three books in the Asian Holiday's Series. The Asian community will see their culture represented in the book.
· Readers will love finding the similarities and appreciating the differences in how these communities experience the festival.
· Families can get resources, coloring pages, and more at the authors website: https://www.byyobeqiu.com
CRAFTS INSPIRED BY THIS BOOK
1. Lunar Lantern
2. Paint with Tea
3. Moon Lantern Rabbit