China Trip: Reading List

The children have been studying Chinese language, culture, and legends for years and we added an intensive dose of Chinese history and biographies to the mix in preparation for our extended China trip. In addition to using the typical books and videos from our local library, I was particularly excited to find several excellent CNTV series and a Youtube animation channel that provided wonderful introduction our areas of interest, while also teaching the Chinese language. Quizlet also had some vocabulary flashcards that were designed for travel agents training.

The Chì-lin Purse : a collection of ancient Chinese stories by Fang, Linda
Cloud Weavers : Ancient Chinese legends by Krasno, Rena
The Emperor’s Silent Army : Terracotta Warriors of Ancient China by O’Connor, Jane
The Story of Silk : From Worm Spit to Woven Scarves by Sobol, Richard
The Legend of Lao Tzu and The Tao Te Ching by Demi

The Adventures of the Young Marco Polo – cute animated series about a young Marco Polo making the trip to China
Monkey King: Havoc in Heaven – animated version of the classic Journey to the West
Pandas: The Journey Home – excellent documentary on panda breeding and preservation
Up the Yangtze River – documentary of life working on the cruise ship serving foreign tourists

online videos
CNTV Travel in Chinese travel series mix of Chinese & English
CNTV Happy China travel series almost entirely in Chinese
China Animation Official Channel: Classic Fairy Tales (中国经典童话故事)
China Animation Official Channel: Festival Legends (中华传统文化故事·节庆篇)
China Animation Official Channel: Folktales (中华传统文化故事·民俗篇)

CHN Panel: Meet the Authors

Alexis has been invited to talk at the California Homeschool Network (CHN) in Torrance June 25-28. She is honored to be on a panel with other published authors: Blair Lee of R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey, Krisula Moyer of The Seer and Lena Brem of An Owl Sleeping By. Take a look at the flyer for the event.


India Trip: Reading List

Here’s some favorites from our reading list and study resources in preparation for our upcoming extended field trip to India. Most of the books were free from our local library, but the Illustrated Indian epics were worth ordering.

Hindu Stories by Anita Gainer
Stories from India by Anna Milbourne
The Elephant’s Friend and Other Tales from Ancient India by Marcia Williams
Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth by Emily Haynes
Sita’s Ramayana by Samhita Arni
The Fantastic Adventures of Krishna by Demi
Buddha by Demi
Buddha Stories by Demi
Taj Mahal by Caroline Arnold
Gandhi by Demi

Illustrated Ramayana for Children by India Epic
Illustrated Mahabharata for Childre by Indian Epic
The Little Book of Hindu Deities by Sanjay Patel

Little Krishna episodes on youtube
Story of India (DVD)
Religions Of The World/Our World Faiths Animated (DVD)

Meet a Young Author

Alexis was invited to speak to the Junior Apprentice Circle meeting at the Aliso Viejo Library on October 3, 2013. She talked about the NaNoWriMo program, her favorite writing mentor Miss Raundi, and the wonderful friends who have supported and inspired her. It was a great honor and she was thrilled to make some new aspiring writer friends.

Meet a Young Author Talk

Novel: Lunazora

978-1490362069-frontcoverLunazora, the icy moonlight dragon, is born in the wild then befriended by kindly humans. When all her friends are cursed or kidnapped, she must journey through perilous forests and creepy castle corners. Can she find courage within to face the power-hungry Victoriana? Will she fulfill the ancient prophecy?

In November 2012, DD participated in the National Novel Writing Month Young Writers Program. The novel is now available on Amazon and CreateSpace. The companion website and blog is