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Mindy Kim and the Lunar New Year Parade

Written by: Lyla Lee

Illustrated by: Dung Ho

For ages: 6-9 years

Language: English & some Korean

Topics Covered: Korean-American Experience, Lunar New Year, Culture & Traditions, Holidays, Friendship, Single-Parent Family, Lunar New Year, Safety, Social-Emotional Development, Own Voices. 


Happy Lunar New Year!  This book was released on January 14th, but we decided to wait to feature it until the actual holiday.  Mindy Kim is back for another adventure, this time taking the plunge and attending a parade in Orlando with her dad and friend Sally.

Mindy is feeling a little apprehensive because it’s the first Lunar New Year since her mom died, and she’s not quite ready to have as much fun as in years prior.  She insists on wearing her old hanbok (a ceremonial Korean garment) despite it being too small, because it was the last one her mother bought her.  This book, like the last one, offers a multitude of conversation options about Mindy’s feelings and events that happen at the parade.  Sally is a great character too.  Despite being white, she’s very excited to try Korean foods and learn different customs like how to bow properly.  She embraces the unfamiliar with gusto, and is excited to learn more about her friend.

Lunar New Year Parade normalizes the bicultural experience that so many kids and families live.  We love having an early chapter book that seamlessly weaves in Korean vocabulary and social-emotional learning into it’s story.  Definitely excited to see the next installment in the series!

This book was generously sent to us by our friends at Simon & Schuster, but all opinions are our own.

About the Author & the Illustrator:

lyla-lee_author-photo-e1563250956805Lyla Lee is the author of the Mindy Kim series as well as the upcoming YA novel, I’ll Be The One (Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins). Although she was born in a small town in South Korea, she’s since then lived in various parts of the United States, including California, Florida, and Texas. Inspired by her English teacher, she started writing her own stories in fourth grade and finished her first novel at the age of fourteen. After working various jobs in Hollywood and studying Psychology and Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, she now lives in Dallas, Texas. When she is not writing, she is teaching kids, petting cute dogs, and searching for the perfect bowl of shaved ice.

7ef4bf2895977.57c98c564f341Dung Ho is an illustrator based in Viet Nam. I’m focused on children books, game design, character design.

Introducing: Raising A Legacy!

Happy Saturday!  This week we have the delight of featuring Raising A Legacy, the creative business endeavor of a clever woman whose desire is to educate others about a variety of topics, including holidays.  Sit back, relax, and enjoy the post!  And then go outside and enjoy some SUNSHINE 🙂


The Tiny Activist: Introduce yourself!

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Raising A Legacy: Hi, my name is Mrs. Brooks.  I have four children that I homeschool, and they are the inspiration behind what I do.  Last year, I created Raising A Legacy.  Raising A Legacy’s mission is to change with the world with education and create a society built on inclusivity. 

I design educational holiday themed craft boxes for children.  They are based on holidays, so children will have the opportunity to learn about and grow appreciation for holidays they normally wouldn’t be exposed to.  As well as, for those children who don’t celebrate mainstream holidays they will have something personalized for them.

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RAL: I am passionate about promoting culture awareness and inclusivity in children.  There is research that shows that children develop racial biases and prejudices at a young age.  I believe by teaching holidays they are able to learn about and see similarities between different cultures and their own in a fun way.  I believe this teaches empathy which in turn can create advocates for change.  I am also passionate about education.  We know a lot about how children learn, but it is not often done in practice.  In addition, best practice is not always accessible to every child equally.  My goal is to work on closing those gaps.

TTA: Tell us about a project you’re currently working on!

RAL: Currently, I am working on adding more holidays to the craft box selection.  I plan to have a box for every holiday, AND every way that it is celebrated.  This is important, because many holidays are celebrated in multiple ways.  For example, Christmas can be celebrated religiously, culturally, or a combination of both.  I am also working on adding more educational resources to the website.  In the coming year, it will have a ton of information and crafts about each holiday, and include free printables for activities and science experiments.

TTA: How can people support you on your journey?

Screen Shot 2019-06-15 at 8.34.48 AMRAL: I think the most important thing people can do is develop awareness of their own biases, and how this is reflected in how they live their life.  Once we become aware of the prejudices we have, we can work to dismantle them and raise our children to promote an inclusive society.  In addition, sharing the craft boxes and interacting on social media is a wonderful way to support.

TTA: What book was your favorite in 2018?

RAL: My favorite book of 2018 was Becoming.  I love reading about strong women, in hopes that maybe some of their strength will rub off on me.  I also had the opportunity to attend the book tour, which was an amazing experience.


TTA: What are you looking forward to in the coming year?

RAL: I am looking forward to continuing to grow personally and professionally.

Thank you for letting me share my story.  I appreciate everything you are doing.




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