Book Talk: Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival

Jessica Ng

The Mid-Autumn Festival is a traditional festival celebrated and observed in East and Southeast Asia and overseas. The festival is held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Lunar year, typically between mid September and early October in the Gregorian (western) calendar, when it is believed that the moon is at its brightest and fullest size, celebrating family and friends gathering and reunion, Thanksgiving, and Praying.

Here is a selection of books to help you and your family celebrate! (click here for the complete list of English and Chinese titles available in print and eBook formats)


Book Cover: A big mooncake for Little Star
A big mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin

Reimagines the cycles of the moon as a mother bakes a Big Moon Cake and, despite Mama's request to wait, Little Star begins nibbling at it every night.

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Book Cover: Mooncakes
Mooncakes by Loretta Seto, illus. by Renné Benoit

Mooncakes is the lyrical story of a young girl who shares the special celebration of the Chinese Moon Festival with her parents. As they eat mooncakes, drink tea and watch the night sky together, Mama and Baba tell ancient tales of a magical tree that can never be cut down, the Jade Rabbit who came to live on the moon and one brave woman's journey to eternal life.

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Book Cover: The shadow in the moon
The shadow in the Moon : a tale of the Mid-Autumn Festival by Christina Matula, illus. by Pearl Law

Two young sisters celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, admire their mooncakes decorated with a picture of a lady in the moon, and listen to their Ah-ma tell the ancient tale of how the holiday began.

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Book Cover: Thanking the moon: celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
Thanking the moon: celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival by Grace Lin

Each member of a Chinese family contributes to the celebration of the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. Includes author's note explaining this festival's customs and traditions.

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Just for fun: Check out these awesome 3D printed mooncakes from Spring Creek Library!

3D print mooncakes



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