Free Book Fridays – Books for Young Readers

This week, we welcome members of LM_NET, “Where School Librarians Connect”, a worldwide online discussion forum for school library media specialists, of which, my awesome librarian sister, is a member. Knowing we have librarians in the audience today, I’ve picked out two Tuttle titles for Free Book Friday that were reviewed earlier this year in School Library Journal. LM_NET members, thanks for visiting. Read on about our two free books and find out how to enter this week’s raffle:

Filipino Celebrations

Filipino Celebrations by Liana Romulo and Corazon Dandan-Albano.

First, I have Filipino Celebrations: A Treasury of Feasts and Festivals, writer Liana Romulo’s introduction to the Philippines for kids. The kaleidoscopic culture of the Philippines includes elements and influences from SE Asia, China, colonial Spain, and the US. In her book, American readers will find many instantly recognizable Christian observances, such Easter, Christmas, and baptisms, although often with interesting Filipino accents. Other holidays, such as Ati-atihan, commemorating the friendship between Filipinos and Malays, are unique to the archipelago.

Corazon Dandan-Albano’s colorful artwork enlivens every page, and Romulo includes songs, cooking, and crafts in her text. Full of Tagalog words, this is an excellent addition to any collection about Asia or to libraries in towns with Fil-Am communities. Spanish-speakers may recognize many Spanish loan-words in Tagalog, such as “bintana” (window, from Sp. ventana) and “kabayo” (horse, from Sp. caballo).

Japanese Nursery Rhymes

Japanese Nursery Rhymes by Danielle Wright and Helen Acraman

Second is Japanese Nursery Rhymes: Carp Streamers, Falling Rain and Other Traditional Favorites, described by School Library Journal as:

“Fifteen rhymes, one per spread, celebrate the changing seasons, flora and fauna, and idyllic rural life, providing an enchanting window into a culture that cherishes its close relationship with nature. […] This collection holds appeal for anyone interested in the country and would be a wonderful addition to an international-themed storytime.”

Each nursery rhyme is written in kanji and kana, romaji (romanized Japanese), and English. Each is sung in Japanese on a free audio CD bound into the cloth jacket.

Thanks for visiting Language Omnivore today! To enter my weekly raffle to win these books, click here to email me and put Free Book Friday in the subject line.

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