16 Children’s Books about the Chinese New Year

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Children's Books about the Chinese New Year
 

The Chinese New Year starts with the first new moon of the year and is welcomed with a 15-day celebration. The Chinese zodiac assigns an animal to each year in a repeating twelve-year cycle. January 28 marks the start of the year of the rooster – a sign of dawn and awakening, of triumph and success through hard work and patience.

Celebrate with some of these gorgeous children’s books about the Chinese New Year!


16 Children’s Books about the Chinese New Year


My First Chinese New Year
by Karen Katz

Children's Books about the Chinese New Year

Follow a cute little girl as she experiences Chinese New Year for the first time. With colourful paper-cut illustrations featuring Katz’s signature round-faced babies and toddlers, My first Chinese New Year is a sweet introduction to the customs of a traditional Chinese New Year celebration for the little ones. ~  Babies & Toddlers


Bringing In the New Year
by Grace Lin

Children's Books about the Chinese New Year

Bringing in the New Year is an exuberant picture book that follows a Chinese American family’s New Year’s preparations. They sweep out the dust of the old year, hang decorations, and make dumplings. Then it’s time to put on new clothes and celebrate with fireworks, lion dancers, shining lanterns, and a long dragon parade. ~ Preschool


Happy, Happy Chinese New Year!
by Demi

Children's Books about the Chinese New Year

“Wash your hair and get a new haircut. Pay the debts that you owe and collect what is owed to you!” The Chinese New Year is all about fresh starts. The last 15 days of the old year are spent cleaning and preparing for the new year, and the first 15 days of the new year are spent with joyful festivities. Happy, Happy Chinese New Year! is a delightful celebration of the rituals and ideas behind the Chinese New Year festival. ~ Preschool


Dragon Dance
by Joan Holub

Children's Books about the Chinese New Year

“We shop for fresh fish / and plum blossoms here. / We buy things to celebrate / Chinese New Year!” It’s Chinese New Year and there are so many fun things to do – from shopping at the market to receiving red envelopes and watching the spectacular Chinese New Year’s parade! Dragon Dance is a fun lift-the-flap book that introduces Chinese New Year customs to the youngest readers. ~ Preschool


Chelsea’s Chinese New Year
by Lisa Bullard

Children's Books about the Chinese New Year

Chelsea gets to stay up late for the Chinese New Year’s celebrations. She helps with the preparations, enjoys the big family feast and watches fireworks and the dragon parade. Chelsea’s Chinese New Year is a vibrantly illustrated picture book that teaches young children about this important Chinese holiday. ~ Preschool


Lanterns and Firecrackers: A Chinese New Year Story
by Jonny Zucker

Children's Books about the Chinese New Year

Follow a family as they let off firecrackers, watch the amazing dragon dances and light their beautiful lanterns to celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year. With simple text and charming illustrations, Lanterns and Firecrackers is a perfect introduction to Chinese New Year customs. Includes historical and cultural information. ~ Preschool


Celebrating the Chinese New Year
by Sanmu Tang

Children's Books about the Chinese New Year

Little Mei wants to know why her family celebrates the Chinese New Year. “We celebrate because we get to wear new clothes”, says her sister. “We celebrate because grown-ups give us children packets filled with money”, her brother tells her. But Grandpa tells her the story of Nian and monster Xi. With a sweet storyline and engaging illustrations, Celebrating the Chinese New Year will appeal to young children everywhere. ~ Preschool


A New Year’s Reunion: A Chinese Story
by Yu Li-Qiong

Children's Books about the Chinese New Year

Little Mao-Mao is excited: Her father – who works far away –  is coming home for Chinese New Year! Together the family prepares for the celebrations, and on the day of the Dragon parade, Mao-Mao gets to ride on her father’s shoulders. When he has to leave again, Mao-Mao has a special gift for him. Award-winning A New Year’s Reunion is a poignant, vibrantly illustrated New Year’s story that will resonate with any child missing a relative. ~ Preschool


Sam and the Lucky Money
by Karen Chinn

Children's Books about the Chinese New Year

Sam visits Chinatown with his mother to spend his Chinese New Year money.  As they walk through the streets bustling with festive activity, Sam accidentally steps on a homeless man’s foot and starts to think about his “lucky money” in a new light. Sam and The Lucky Money is a touching, timeless story about giving and appreciation. ~ Preschool


Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas
by Natasha Yim

Children's Books about the Chinese New Year

Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas is a Chinese American retelling of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”. Little Goldy Luck wreaks havoc on the home of a family of panda bears, eating up the rice porridge, breaking the rocking chair, and rumples all the blankets. When Goldy takes responsibility for her actions, she makes a new friend just in time for Chinese New Year. Includes an author’s note on the Chinese New Year and a turnip cake recipe. ~ Preschool


Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Chinese New Year
by Carolyn Otto

Children's Books about the Chinese New Year

Part of National Geographic’s popular Holidays Around the World series, Celebrate Chinese New Year is a lively introduction to the joyous holiday. With colourful images and simple, educational text, the book brings the historical and cultural aspects of the Chinese New Year into focus. ~ Elementary School


The Runaway Wok: A Chinese New Year Tale
by Ying Chang Compestine

Children's Books about the Chinese New Year

On Chinese New Year’s Eve, a poor family sends their son to trade their last eggs for rice. When Ming comes home with an old wok instead, his parents don’t know what to do. But then the wok rolls out of the house singing “Skippity-hoppity-ho! / To the rich man’s wife I go!” and returns with food, toys, and money. With repetitive text and colourful, detailed illustrations, The Runaway Wok teaches children about the importance of generosity. ~ Elementary School


This Next New Year
by Janet S. Wong

Children's Books about the Chinese New Year

A Chinese Korean boy looks forward to the “lunar new year, the day of the first new moon.” He describes how his family celebrates, and what his hopes for the new year are. With spare, lyrical text and energetic pictures, This Next New Year captures a child’s determination to face the new year with courage and optimism. ~ Elementary School


Great Race
by Dawn Casey

Children's Books about the Chinese New Year

Thirteen creatures have come to the river to join in the Emperor’s race. The winner will get the honour of naming the first year of the new calendar. The Great Race is a beautifully illustrated retelling of an ancient legend that introduces children to the concept of the Chinese Zodiac. ~ Elementary School


The Race for the Chinese Zodiac
by Gabrielle Wang

Children's Books about the Chinese New Year

Thirteen animals are racing for only twelve places on the Zodiac. Who will be honest, and who devious? Who will help friends along the way? Who will come first, and who will miss out? With gorgeous illustrations based on Chinese painting techniques, The Race for the Chinese Zodiac is a lively retelling of the legendary animals’ race. ~ Elementary School


Chinese New Year
by Judith Jango-Cohen

Children's Books about the Chinese New Year

Part of the ‘On My Own Holidays’ series, Chinese New Year is a colourful introduction to this important Chinese holiday. With expressive paintings and clear, informative text, the book explains tradtitions and festive activities, the Chinese zodiac, and traditional symbols of the new year. ~ Elementary School


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2 Responses

  1. Lynn Farrugia
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    Another to consider is: Ching Chiang and the Dragon’s Dance 1987
    by Ian Wallace

    • Colours of Us
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      Thank you. I will check it out.

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