CNY Reading List: Grandma and the Things That Stay The Same

Every child enjoys story time with adults and for the little’s ones who wonder what Chinese New Year is all about, these children’s book, written by local authors, are a great way of introducing them to some of the customs and traditions that are related to the occasion.

In the lead up to Chinese New Year this year, we’ll be sharing how they can lead to discussions with your little ones about Chinese New Year.

Grandma and the Things That Stay The Same

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Written by: Eve Aw
Illustrated by: Tan Yunroo


In a nutshell:
A story about a young child talking about the same questions that grandma asks and the same things that she does every Chinese New Year.

What we like about it:
This is a common scenario most young children witness, sometimes not necessarily from their grandparents, but older relatives from the extended family during Chinese New Year. And we bet that they are probably wondering why they get asked the same questions over and over again. The story will allow them to realise that they are not the only ones who face this, and offers an opportunity for parents to discuss with their kids as to why older people tend to repeat the same questions each year.

Common Chinese New Year practices such as cooking ‘lucky food’ and wearing ‘lucky red’ are also highlighted in the book. For children who may not have questioned these practices earlier, this is a good way to ask discuss if they know of other Chinese New Year traditions and explain the reasons behind them.

The story ends on a positive note, reminding both adults and children that despite everything — changes or otherwise — the most important thing is to continue loving your family members above all else.

Grandma and the Things That Stay The Same retails for S$14.90 at leading bookstores and

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