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month 2009: theme

Our American society follows a solar calendar of 365 days that is based on the earth going around the sun—it is called the Western calendar. Many other cultures follow a lunar calendar of 354 days that is based on the moon’s cycle.  Each month is 28 – 29 days and every three years an extra month is added to the calendar. 

The Chinese New Year is a lunar calendar and is followed by many Asian cultures.  The Chinese New Year this year is on February 7; this is the year of the Rat.  Other examples of a lunar calendar are the Hebrew (or Jewish) calendar and the Hmong calendar.  The Jewish New Year, or Rosh Hashanah, is in September; the Hmong New Year is in November.  Whatever the culture, the beginning of the New Year is a time to start fresh.

  1. Dumpling Soup*  by Jama Kim Rattigan
  2. Shanté Keys and the New Year’s Peas*  by Gail Piernas-Davenport
  3. When the Chickens Went on Strike: A Rosh Hashanah Tale*  by Erica Silverman
  4. This Next New Year*  by Janet S. Wong
  5. Happy New Year: Hung-His Fa-Ts”ai!   by Demi
  6. The Dancing Dragon  by Marcia Vaughan
  7. Sam and the Lucky Money  by Karen Chinn
  8. My First Chinese New Year  by Karen Katz
  9. Dragon Dance (A Chinese New Year Lift-the-Flap book)  by Joan Holub
  10. New Clothes for New Year’s Day  by Hyun-Joo Bae
  11. The Runaway Rice Cake  by Ying Chang Compestine
  12. Chinese New Year’s Dragon  by Rachel Sing
  13. Chinese New Year  by David Marx (NF – younger readers)
  14. Chinese New Year   by Dianne M. MacMillan (NF – older readers)
  15. Chinese New Year  by Tricia Brown (NF)
  16. D is for Dragon Dance  by Ying Chang Compestine
  17. Buster Changes His Luck  by Marc Brown
  18. Just in Time for New Year’s  by Karen Gray Ruelle
  19. Celebrate Tet  by Laura Jefrey  (NF)
  20. Ten Mice for Tet  by Pegi Deitz Shea and Cynthia Weill
  21. The Bravest Flute: A Story of Courage in the Mayan Tradition  by Ann Grifalconi
  22. Dara’s Cambodian New Year  by Sothea Chiemruom
  23. Days of Awe: Stories for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur  by Eric A. Kimmel
  24. Sound of the Shofar!  A Story for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur  by Leslie Kimmelman
  25. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur  by dana Meachen Rau (NF)
  26. Happy New Year, Beni  by Jane Breskin Zalben
  27. Lionel in the Winter  by Stephen Krensky
  28. P. Bear’s New Year’s Party (A Counting Book)  by Paul Owen Lewis
  29. Little Bear’s New Years Party  by Janice

* also listed on the monthly flyer
^ previously read on StoryLine

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