About the Book
I Celebrate Chinese New Year describes three traditional holidays and festivals including Chinese New Year, the Dragon Boat Festival, and the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. Although these festivals began in China hundreds of years ago, they are now celebrated all over the world by both Chinese people and people of all nationalities.
I Celebrate Chinese New Year also offers a unique perspective on these traditional Chinese holidays and festivals because it is made up of interviews and illustrations collected from Chinese Americans and Chinese Citizens. You too can celebrate the Chinese New Year, Dragon Boat Festival, and Mid-Autumn Moon Festival by reading this book and completing the activities.
Sarah Beltz will graduate in 2010 from Bloomsburg University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Language Arts. In the summer of 2008, Beltz traveled to China as part of the Pennsylvania State System of Education Honors Study Aboard Program. During the trip, Beltz visited the Shandong Province, Beijing, the Yunnan Province, and Shanghai. After returning to the United States from China, Beltz began to conduct interviews and gather research to create the book, I Celebrate Chinese New Year. The book was one component of a larger honors independent study project designed to create and evaluate educational resources to teach Elementary students about China and Chinese culture. Beltz will present this project at the 2009 National Collegiate Honors Conference in Washington D.C. Beltz hopes to one day share her project and I Celebrate Chinese New Year with other elementary teachers the students in her own classroom.