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Today is Hmong American Day and in honor of this day, I will be giving away 1 Hmong book to a reader who comments below what their favorite book was when they were little. Did you know that a 2009 study from researchers at the University of Sussex showed that six minutes of reading reduces stress by 68%? Establishing the love of books and reading to your little ones can produce many wonderful things for them and for you.
When I was younger, the resources I could find on the Hmong language was very slim. Most of the books that were available were from Laos, so it was actually harder to learn and by the time it was available, I was already a teenager and learning about my culture was on the back burner of my to-do list. The pages of the books were mundane and the texts were hard to read. And if you didn’t have a teacher to guide you, you were basically stuck on page one. It felt frustrating! The few paragraphs found in my Social Studies textbooks were not accurate and it made me feel so insignificant because of the length of our history in the only known history books that were made available to me at the time. Now, I have numerous options to choose from. The resources are unlimited and I’m proud to see how far the Hmong American people have come. Here are a few of our favorite tools to teach our kids the Hmong language and culture.
This was one of my favorite books when I was younger and probably the only children’s book I remember about my culture. It is a classic Hmong folktale that’s been told to me from my parents and has been made into a book.
This is a really cute bedtime story to read to your little ones, in English and in Hmong. Your kids will want to stare at the beautiful illustrations while you read it to them.
Every culture I know has a Cinderella story of their own. This is the Hmong Cinderella story that was told to me from my Mom and I continue to read this to my kids to this day. This book will be a wonderful edition to your collection.
Another classic children’s book that have been translated to Hmong.
Tomie De Paola was probably my favorite author when I was a kid. I loved his stories and illustrations were one of a kind. I was extremely surprised to see that one of his classic stories had been translated to both the Green and White Hmong dialects.
Paj Ntaub is a textile technique of the Hmong people. Most young girls are taught paj ntaub at a very young age- some to sell and some to wear for special events such as the Hmong New Year celebrations. My mother tried to teach us girls when we were younger but we never got into it. Nowadays, people will pay great money to learn how to cross stitch from experts in the community.
Gardening is a big part of the Hmong culture. Most of the food that was eaten came from the ground. Meat was a very scarce source of food but there was plenty of land to grow vegetables and fruits. Even now in America, the Hmong have still made this a part of their every day lives.
HmongABC.com (The first Hmong bookstore)
HmongBaby.com (Hmong children’s books and flashcards)
Hmong Children’s Workshop on FB
Hmong Kids Channel on YT
Skill Stacker (Ten Little Fish book)
Zoosi (Animal Flash Cards and App)
I hope you’ll find these resources useful and inspiring to start teaching your little ones the beauty of the Hmong culture and language. Do you have any other Hmong resources and tools that I haven’t mentioned above? I would love to hear more. Comment below and also don’t forget to comment with your favorite childhood book to win a Hmong book from me. Giveaway ends May 25th, 2018 at 10:00 PM CST.