Lunar New Year Books to Read with Kids

The Lunar New Year is approaching. If you’re looking to diversify your child’s home library or celebrate the holidays with your family, we’ve rounded up some great children’s books perfect for the Lunar New Year.

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This flip book takes children home from the market as a family prepares for Chinese New Year celebrations. Of course, the parade is the best part.

My first chinese new year by Karen Katz

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The simple story of preparing for the New Year appeals to young readers (the book is recommended for ages 2 and up) and teaches Chinese culture. The 15 days of the New Year are explained and described as the children follow the youngster through the book.

Our Lunar New Year by Yobe Qiu

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Discover how the Lunar New Year is celebrated in different families through the eyes of Chinese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese and Indian children. The book shares great facts about how each culture is represented for the holidays.

Bring in the new year by Grace Lin

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With picture-to-word identifiers, short, readable sentences, and bright, colorful images, the story follows a family getting the house ready for the new year. Keep an eye out for the very long parade that takes place at the end.

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Olive Chin’s series turns Chinese zodiac animals into entertaining stories designed for children. Take a copy of Year of the Tiger: Tales of the Chinese Zodiac where Olivia, a fun-loving calf, befriends a girl named Mei.

Ruby’s Chinese New Year by Vicki Lee

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Children will discover the moon animals – rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig – as they walk with Ruby to deliver a letter to her grandmother. The book is also a small introduction to the importance of the family in the celebrations.

Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas by Natasha Yim

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In an amusing tale of Goldilocks and the three bears, Goldy Luck brings a plate of turnips to her neighbors but she gets distracted when the Chans aren’t home so she tries their rice porridge, chairs and beds.

Chinese zodiac animals by Sanmu Tang & Zhu Jingwen

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This book is a longer explanation for more advanced readers to understand Chinese years and culture. Zodiac animals are described, including years, their attributes, and luck.

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Using artifacts that are part of the Field Museum’s Cyrus Tang Hall of China, Field Curator Cheryl Bardoe takes young readers on a journey through Chinese history. Ideal for late elementary and middle school students, kids will learn all about early tools, dynasties, and how culture has changed and stayed the same over time.


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