Mid Autumn Festival is coming up soon on September 29 2023. It’s a time to gather with friends and family and enjoy delicious foods like mooncake while gazing at the moon. Here’s a few books, songs and activities that you can do with the kids this year.
Mid Autumn Festival Books
A Big Mooncake for Little Star (小星的大月餅) by Grace Lin
A story about a little girl who sneaks a bite every night of her mooncake. This book is available in Chinese and English.
Cantonese read aloud: 采姐姐的故事王國 Lillian’s Story Kingdom
Mooncakes by Loretta Seto
This book features a family celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival while telling three of the festival tales. This book is in English.
English read aloud: The Dream Big Bookshelf
Bitty Bao Mid-Autumn Festival Set
Our Moon, Mid Autumn Festival and Mooncake
Bitty Bao has a collection of board books for festival. Buy them as a set or individually. There is a Cantonese version and a Mandarin version.
Peppa and the Moon Festival
Peppa and her friends celebrate the Moon Festival with lanterns and mooncakes.
Buy it here: Taobao
幸福月餅店 by 鄭宗弦
A family own bakery shows us how to make mooncakes for Mid Autumn Festival.
Buy it here: Kozzi
14隻老鼠賞月 by 岩村和朗
This mice family builds a moon lookout in a tree. When the moon arrives they eat delicious food and thank the moon.
Cantonese read aloud: Cantonese Mommy
Other Mid-Autumn Festival Books
Thanking the Moon: Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival [an English book about Mid-Autumn Festival, by Grace Lin; available on Little Kozzi and Amazon]
Mid Autumn Festival Songs
中秋佳節 by 嘉芙姐姐
圓圓的中秋 by Che Che Music (車車姐姐)
Mid Autumn Festival Activities
If you are looking for a one stop shop for activities, try out my Mid-Autumn Activity Book, available on Little Kozzi. There are flashcards to learn related vocabulary, colouring pages with stroke order characters, activities, and crafts to learn about the different traditions in an interactive, hands-on way. This activity book is bilingual and includes English and traditional Chinese characters on each page. Flashcards include jyutping (Cantonese pronunciation) and a vocabulary list that includes jyutping is included if you cannot read Chinese. Templates for all the crafts are also included. An art tutorial to draw lanterns is also included, hosted by Cherry 老師 from Children’s Cues in Cantonese. Purchase here: Mid-Autumn Activity Book
Another fun activity to do with the little ones is make mooncakes together. You can bake them or you can make them with playdough. You can purchase mooncake molds at your local Asian market or you can try Amazon. If you cannot get molds, Kumara Squad (@kyl.scrapbook) has shared a fun ecofriendly way to make them using recyclable materials. You can watch it here on her IG account, @kyl.scrapbook Playdough Mooncakes.
Mid Autumn Festivals Videos
Follow Kala EE to a bakery to make mooncake for her favourite Mirror members while learning vocabulary. Follow Kala EE to shop to learn about lanterns and make them together while learning vocabulary (traditional Chinese characters and English translations). Toddlers to school age children will enjoy Kala EE fun and positive personality.
Learn 5 Mid-Autumn Festival vocabulary while also learning about the festival with Uncle Calvin. Great for toddlers and preschoolers. Jyutping included. Turn on subtitles for English.
TVB Hands Up has a fun skit featuring lantern riddles and toy lanterns.
Sunshine Nursery Rhyme teaches us about the tales and customs of Mid-Autumn Festival.
Learn about different vocabulary that contain the word moon 月 and also a little about the tales of Mid Autumn Festival.
Twinklebots Cantonese teaches us Mid-Autumn Festival vocabulary, Jyutping included.
Mid Autumn Festival Toys
My Heart Felt Toys Felt Mooncake [My Heart Felt Toys]
Baby Snack Time Mid Autumn Moon Festival Wooden Tea Pretend Play Set [Baby Snack Time]
More Cantonese Children Apps and Resources
- Cantonese Children Apps
- Books with Jyutping blog post
- I Taught My Daughter 500+ Chinese Characters blog post
- Little Explorers Cantonese Virtual On Demand Program blog post