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9 Picture Books to Celebrate
Lunar New Year
by Liz Lesnick
Liz has loved to read ever since she finished Green Eggs and Ham all by herself. When she doesn’t have her nose buried in a book, Liz works as a social media manager at Penguin Random House sharing her passion for books and language with the Twitterverse and beyond. She lives in New York City with her husband and tween daughter in a cozy, book-filled apartment.
When my daughter was in preschool, one of the highlights of the calendar was the Lunar New Year celebration. Some of the children would perform the Lion Dance, others demonstrated a Korean bowing ceremony, and everyone got a chance to eat noodles, dim sum, and other Chinese treats. This Lunar New Year, which includes Chinese New Year, begins on January 25th. To celebrate the Year of the Rat, here are nine books to share with your little ones. Gōngxǐ fācái ! (Health and prosperity!)
by Joan Holub, illustrated by Benrei Huang
Who can resist a lift-the-flap book — especially when it’s filled with rhyming descriptions of the things that make Chinese New Year so much fun for kids? Little ones will find treasures on every page, from eating a celebratory dinner to receiving gifts from family members and watching the Chinese New Year’s Parade.
(Ages 2 – 5)
by Grace Lin
Young readers will be captivated by this simple tale of a Chinese American family preparing for the Lunar New Year. Grace Lin's boldly patterned illustrations will have kids wishing they could jump right into the celebration.
(Ages 3 – 7)
Author-illustrator Demi brings the traditions of Chinese New Year to life through captivating illustrations and simple, cheerful words that will entertain the youngest readers.
(Ages 4 – 8)
For the littlest readers celebrating their first Lunar New Year, gift them this padded board book from the Baby’s First Holiday series, sure to enchant and delight.
(Ages 0 – 3)
by Carolyn Otto
Celebrate Chinese New Year is the latest addition to National Geographic’s popular Holidays Around the World series. With dozens of colorful images and clear, accessible text, this book is a lively introduction to Lunar New Year.
(Ages 6 – 9)
by Yu Li-Qiong, illustrated by Zhu Cheng-Liang
- Maomao can’t wait for Chinese New Year. She loves all of the special holiday activities like cooking sticky rice balls and watching the dragon dance in her neighborhood. Most of all, she can’t wait to see her father because it’s the only time of the year when he can come home from his job as a migrant worker and spend time with the family. Readers of all ages will be touched by this tale of a family’s love that endures despite distance.
- (Ages 4 – 8)
by Ying Chang Compestine, Illustrated by Sebastia Serra
Ming and his family can't afford a proper Lunar New Year feast. When Ming decides to trade the last of the eggs for a rusty wok, his family is disappointed. Little do they know, this wok is actually magical. This vibrantly illustrated picture book is a wonderful portrayal of a community celebrating the New Year together.
(Ages 6 – 8)
by Xu Bing
Xu Bing’s ingenious book of calligraphy puzzles is as engaging as it is visually stunning. When they first approach it, readers will find themselves totally mystified, but as the secret behind Bing’s one-block words (made of English letters) comes to light, they’ll be delighted to discover the traditional American and Chinese folk songs just waiting to be decoded.
(Ages 7 – 10)
by Richard Lo
Lo’s color concept book is a thing of beauty, as festive and striking as the holiday itself. Monochromatic watercolor paintings depict items used to celebrate the Chinese New Year, from lucky coins to fireworks, and each color is translated in both English and Mandarin.
(Ages 3 – 7)
Happy Chinese New Year everyone! I thought you might like to have a sampling of fun books that will be great to share with your kids regarding this event. Thank you for visiting Storywraps. I hope you feel welcome and are enjoying the books that I am reviewing for you each week. Have a wonderful weekend and be sure to not only read to your kids but carve some time out to read something that you will enjoy. Join me again on Monday as I unwrap more fantastic books for you.
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