Last month we were chosen to complete a three-month term as a brand ambassador for Page 1 Kids Book Subscription Box. The brand piqued my interest some time ago on Instagram. Based on the child’s age and interests, a box is curated to include one book and several extras. If you already have the book, or didn’t enjoy it, Page 1 will send another book immediately. The unwanted book can be passed on to someone else, which is a nice feature for avid readers.
This month’s box had an adorable Valentine’s theme and was wrapped thoughtfully. The book chosen for Maya was Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin. Although the box was delivered after the Chinese New Year (February 5, 2019), it’s never too late to learn more about other cultures.
Bringing in the New Year tells the story of a family preparing to bring in the New Year. They have to clean the house to sweep out the old year, hang red decorations covered in spring poems, make traditional foods, as well as get new haircuts and clothing. The narrator anxiously awaits the celebration as preparations are made. Finally, when the dragon is awakened at the festival, the New Year celebration can begin.
I really enjoyed reading the author’s note at the end of this book as I was unfamiliar with the meanings behind several of the New Year symbols, such as the lanterns and the dragon. The text is simple enough for even toddlers to gain an understanding of the Chinese New Year. Most children, no matter the ethnicity, can relate to the narrator and the excitement surrounding an upcoming holiday. Bringing in the New Year is recommended for children ages 3-7.
Page 1 Kids Book Subscriptions are available in 3-, 6-, and 12-month increments ($60-220). If you’re interested in starting a subscription, you can receive 10% off using my referral link. Keep up with Page 1 Kids on Instagram and the parent company, Page 1 Books on Instagram and Facebook for more information on the boxes.