December 31 is celebrated around the world as New Year’s Eve. Adults and children alike gather to say good-bye to the old year and welcome the new one with music, countdowns, noise makers and all sorts of fun. In New York City’s Times Square thousands crowd the streets to watch the ball drop at midnight, while the rest of the U.S. watches it on television from the comfort of their living rooms.
When the morning of January 1 arrives, it’s a new year filled with new chances and new opportunities. Adults will set goals to lose weight, quit smoking or take up a new hobby, while those in their teens and younger will make resolutions to get more involved in their communities, become better students or help mom and dad around the house more.
However one celebrates the end of one year and the beginning of another, making New Year’s Resolutions is a traditional activity that the whole family can take part in. Perhaps the family will commit to spending Saturdays helping elderly neighbors or the decision to turn off the TV one weekend every month will be this year’s family resolution. For those youngsters unsure just what goals they want to set for 2013, some of the following children’s books about resolutions might help. Other titles listed here are all about celebrating the new year in a variety of ways.
“Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution” by Pat Miller and Kathi Ember (Albert Whitman & Company, 2010) Squirrel isn’t sure exactly what a resolution is, but she knows New Year’s Day is when they are made. She visits her forest friends to see what their New Year’s resolutions are before deciding on one of her own.
“The Night Before New Year’s” by Natasha Wing and Amy Wummer (Grosset & Dunlap, 2009) Everyone is excited about staying up until the new year arrives, but the youngest members of the family aren’t even sure what a new year looks like. Will they be able to stay up till midnight and will they recognize the new year when it gets there?
“Amelia’s Must-Keep Resolutions for the Best Year Ever!” by Marissa Moss (Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, 2006) Amelia is back with her suggestions for making and keeping resolutions. Perfect for the girl 8-14 years of age, Amelia has ideas for celebrating and making the most of every one of the 365 days in a year.
“P. Bear’s New Year’s Party: A Counting Book” by Paul Owen Lewis (Tricycle Press, 1999) Celebrate the new year in style with polar bear and all his friends. Learn to count to twelve as the various guests to Bear’s party arrive and welcome the arrival of the new year at midnight.
“A Happy New Year’s Day” by Roch Carrier and Gilles Pelletier (Tundra Books, 1991) A look at how New Year’s Day was celebrated by one family in the middle of the twentieth century. Parades of sleighs, special feasts and singing and dancing were just some of the activities people took part in as a way of welcoming and preparing for a new year.
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