Playing with Lanterns

Author: Wang Yage
Illustrator: Zhu Chengliang
Publisher: Amazon Crossing Kids
Publication Date: January 11, 2022
Theme: Cultural celebrations
Grade level: Pre-K-2

Playing with Lanterns by Wang Yage


Zhao Di and her friends gather to go outside at night and admire the colors of their paper lanterns. They take part in this tradition until the 15th day of the New Year, when they smash their lanterns.

Why I Choose this Book

The book follows a young girl and her friend through the 15 days of Chinese New Year specifically through the lantern tradition. The girls go out and parade their lanterns which all look different. I choose this book because it gives good insight into a cultural celebration that isn’t widely known. The book also features beautiful illustrations of the lanterns, people and fireworks.

Book Activity

Make a paper lantern. Detailed instructions can be found here.