Mardi Gras is March 4 this year. It is a great opportunity to expose your child to different celebrations.
This is a list of five fun Mardi Gras Picture books recommended by Holidays Central:
King Cake for Cassius: A Mardi Gras Story by Diane Renton Boyle [Trafford Publishing, 2004]
Boyle explains Mardi Gras through Cassius, a boxer. Cassius discusses the traditions and terms associated with Mardi Gras. Boyle includes a Mardi Gras activity list, float ideas, and a recipe for king cake. Ages 4-8.
Mimi’s First Mardi Gras by Alice Couvillon, Elizabeth Moore, and Marilyn [Pelican Publishing, 1991]
The history and traditions of Mardi Gras through the eyes of young Mimi includes descriptions of the different groups in the Mardi Gras parades, delicious beignets, and experiences with trinkets, doubloons, and floats. The illustrations are lovely in traditional purple, gold and green. Ages 4-8.
Throw Me Something, Mister: Two Young Children See their First Mardi Gras Parade in New Orleans by Malcolm Wright [AuthorHouse, 2006]
Erin and Nathan travel to New Orleans for their very first Mardi Gras parade. They wear costumes and experience the floats, the bands, and different foods and catch beads and doubloons. Experience the celebration of Mardi Gras through Erin’s and Nathan’s eyes. Ages 9-12.
Jenny Giraffe’s Mardi Gras Ride by Cecilia Dartez [Pelican Publishing, 1996]
Jenny Giraffe learns about Mardi Gras and the entire Carnival season all the way through Lent. Children will get exposure Mardi Gras terms and activities in this Jenny Giraffe Series book. Ages 4-8.
Mardi Gras: A Cajun Country Celebration by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith and Lawrence Migdale [Holiday House, 2005]
Joel, a young Cajun fiddle player, shares information on the history of Mardi Gras, and how it is celebrated in Eunice in South Louisiana. Joel also describes different types of Mardi Gras celebrations. In exchange for food for a large public dinner, partygoers and musicians entertain residents. The text is lively and photographs support the text wonderfully. Ages 9-12.
Also here is a really fun Mardi Gras craft project from No Time For Flash Cards: