Did you know that today is the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival?
This holiday falls on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar. It is a time to celebrate the end of the harvesting season, gather to watch the moon with family and friends, eat mooncakes—and read Thanking the Moon: Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, a lovely new picture book by Newbery Honoree Grace Lin.
I thought this would be a perfect time to direct you to Lin's blog, gracenotes, if you're not aware of it already. In the past week alone, the author/illustrator has posted moon poetry, a recipe for Chinese Tea Eggs and instructions on how to make a bunny lantern. This is a great resource for parents and teachers.
Are you celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival? Also, do you (or your children/grandchildren/students) have a favorite book by Lin?