Disclosure: I received book samples to review. All opinions are my own.
I’ve discovered two lovely new children’s books from Tuttle Publishing that foster cultural understanding. The great news is that I’m holding a giveaway where two lucky readers will win one of these books! Read on to learn more about these books, and enter the giveaway via the form at the end of this post.
Origami Peace Cranes by author/illustrator Sue DiCicco
Origami Peace Cranes is a multicultural children’s story that combines the power of friendship with the traditional Japanese art of folding paper to create decorative objects. Emma moves to a new town and is super self-conscious as the new girl. She convinces herself she is too different. She believes her classmates such as Kumar, Juana, Takako, Elizabeth, and Raphael do not want to be friends with her. Through a class origami peace crance project, she learns they do want to befriend her. When a new family moves across the street, Emma uses her origami skills to make them feel welcome.
The book includes origami paper and instructions for making a paper crane. The author founded the Peace Crane Project in 2013, an international exchange program. The program encourages schools, families, individuals, and organizations to fold origami cranes, doves, hearts or other symbols of peace along with writing messages on them. The Peach Crane Project’s goal is to collect 1,000 cranes created by children in every corner of the planet, and then display them in various venues around the world. Proceeds from the book support the Peace Crane Project.
CONFIRMED BOOK TOUR DATES (More dates to come):
- September 7 — Keene, NH @ Toadstool Bookstore
- September 9 — Manchester, VT @ Northshire Bookstore
- September 9 — Rutland, VT @ Phoenix Books
- September 15 — New York, NY @ United Nations Headquarters
- September 16 —New York, NY @ The Asia Society
- September 21 (International Day of Peace) — New York, NY @ Children’s Museum of the Arts
- September 22 — Chicago, IL @ Peace Day Festival in Downtown Chicago
- DATE TBD — Chicago, IL @ Barbara’s Bookstore
- October 13-16 — Muskoka, Canada @ the Muskoka Chautauqua Festival
Origami Peace Cranes is targeted to readers ages 5-9 years. The book launches on September 12, 2017, proceeding the International Day of Peace. Also known as “Peace Day,” the United Nations established this special day in 1981. International Peace Day is now officially celebrated every September 21st.
My First Book of Chinese Words: An ABC Rhyming Book written by Faye-Lynn Wu and illustrated by Aya Padron
Enter the Book Giveaways (2 Entry Forms Below)
Two lucky readers will win a copy of one of these books: Origami Peace Cranes and My First Book of Chinese Words. Enter via the entry forms below. You can enter both giveaways. Open to residents with U.S. mailing addresses only.