Lunar New Year!


Bringing in the New Year

Title: Bringing in the New Year
By: Grace Lin
Published: 2008

A Chinese American family prepares for and celebrates the Lunar New Year. End notes discuss the customs and traditions of Chinese New Year.

Age range: 3-6

Call Number: JPicture Lin.G

Chinese New Year Colors

Title: Chinese New Year Colors
By: Rich Lo
Published: 2019

Hong is the color of explosive firecrackers! Jīn is the hue of lucky coins. Zŏng is the shade of sweet peanut puffs. This vibrant, simple, and highly graphic bilingual book is the perfect introduction to Chinese and English words for colors as it honors one of the biggest holidays around the world.

Age range: 3-7

Call Number: x394.261 Lo.R

Chloe's Lunar New Year

Title: Chloe's Lunar New Year
By: Lily LaMotte, Illustrated by Michelle Lee
Published: 2023

Chloe joyously joins in her families Lunar New Year traditions, all the while honoring and remembering her beloved A-má. The story introduces the rich cultural celebration of the holiday, but also taps into universal themes of finding joy amid loss. Age Range:

Age range: 4-8

Call Number: J Picture LaMot.L

Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas

Title: Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas
By: Natasha Yim
Published: 2014

In this Chinese American retelling of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," a careless Goldy Luck wreaks havoc on the home of a family of panda bears.

Age range: 3-6

Call Number: JPicture Yim.N

Moonbeam, Dumplings and Dragon Boats A Treasury of Chinese Holiday tales, Activities, and Recipes

Title: Moonbeam, Dumplings and Dragon Boats A Treasury of Chinese Holiday tales, Activities, and Recipes
By: Nina Simone's, Leslie Swartz, and the Children's Museum, Boston; illustrated by Meilo So
Published: 2002

Filled with delectable recipes, hands-on family activities, and traditional tales to read aloud, this extraordinary collection will inspire families everywhere to re-create the magic of Chinese holidays in their own homes. Cookbook author Nina Simonds collaborates with Leslie Swartz of the Children's Museum, Boston to make this unforgettable book!

Age range: 4th grade and up but younger kids can enjoy this book together with parents

Call Number: x394.26951 Simon. N

New Clothes for New Year's Day

Title: New Clothes for New Year's Day
By: Bae, Hyun-Joo.
Published: 2007

A young Korean girl describes the new clothes that she will be wearing to celebrate the new year.

Age range: 5-7

Call Number: x394.261 Bae.H

New Year

Title: New Year
By: Mie Zihan Illustrated by Qin Feng
Published: 2019

A moving picture book to read when we're missing family far away, set during Lunar New Year. It's Lunar New Year, a time when families come together for a wonderful feast, and a father longs to be with his daughter--but she lives in another country. New Year is a beautiful and lovingly portrayed portrait of leaving home, finding independence, and loving those who are many miles away.

Age range: 9 and up!

Call Number: J Picture Mei. Z

A New Year's Reunion

Title: A New Year's Reunion
By: Yu Li-Qiong
Published: 2011 (in the US)

Maomao's dad works many miles away, but he is coming home for New Year! This poignant, vibrantly illustrated tale, which won the prestigious Feng Zikai Chinese Children's Picture Book Award in 2009, is sure to resonate with every child who misses relatives when they are away and shows how a family's love is strong enough to endure over time and distance.

Age range: 3-7

Call Number: JPicture Yu.L

Nian, The Chinese New Year Dragon

Title: Nian, The Chinese New Year Dragon
By: Virginia Loh-Hagan
Published: 2020

An illustrated retelling for young readers of the Chinese folktale about a dragon that threatens a village each spring and Mei, the young girl who is destined to defeat him.

Age range: 6-8

Call Number: JPicture Lohha.V

The Nian Monster

Title: The Nian Monster
By: Andrea Wang
Published: 2016

The legendary Nian Monster has returned at Chinese New Year. Nian is intent on devouring Shanghai, starting with young Xingling! But Xingling is clever and thinks quickly to outwit him with Chinese New Year traditions.

Age range:

Call Number: JPicture Wang.A

Ruby's Chinese New Year

Title: Ruby's Chinese New Year
By: Vicki Lee
Published: 2017

As Ruby travels to her grandmother's house to bring her a gift for Chinese New Year, she is joined by all of the animals of the zodiac. Includes the legend of the Chinese horoscope and instructions for crafts.

Age range: 4-8

Call Number: JPicture Lee.V

The Runaway Wok: A Chinese New Year Tale

Title: The Runaway Wok: A Chinese New Year Tale
By: Ying Chang Compestine
Published: 2011

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.

Age range: 6-8

Call Number: JPicture Compe.Y

A Sweet New Year for Ren

Title: A Sweet New Year for Ren
By: Michelle Sterling illustrated by Dung Ho
Published: 2022

Celebrate the Lunar New Year through a young girl’s family traditions in this charming picture book featuring illustrations by New York Times bestselling artist Dung Ho that also includes a recipe for pineapple cakes!

Age range: 4-8

Call Number: JPicture Sterl.M

Ten Mice for Tet

Title: Ten Mice for Tet
By: Pegi Deitz Shea
Published: 2003

A village of mice prepares for Tet, or Vietnamese New Year, as different numbers of mice give gifts, cook food, and celebrate in other traditional ways. Includes an afterword with facts about the holiday.

Age range: 3-6

Call Number: x394.2614 Shea.P

This Next New Year

Title: This Next New Year
By: Janet Wong
Published: 2000

In The Next New Year by Janet Wong, a Chinese Korean boy tells his best friends, who are German/French and Hopi/Mexican, what it’s like to celebrate Lunar New Year. His family celebrates with both Chinese and Korean traditions.

Age range: 4-8

Call Number: JPicture Wong.J

The Tray of Togetherness

Title: The Tray of Togetherness
By: Flo Leung
Published: 2022

A delicious ode to food, family, and togetherness that celebrates Lunar New Year.
A little girl and her family are hosting a New Year party, an event marking the Lunar New Year. There’s a lot to do before the guests arrive! First, a trip to the market to fill up the Tray of Togetherness, a special candy box for the partygoers.

Age range: 4-8

Call Number: J Picture Leung.F

Two New Years

Title: Two New Years
By: Richard Ho, illustrated by Lynn Scurfield
Published: 2023

This warm and welcoming New Year celebration book invites readers to learn about Rosh Hashanah and Lunar New Year traditions and to reflect on the rich blends of cultures and traditions in their own lives. Based on the author's family! Age Range: 3 - 5 years

Age range: 3-5

Call Number: J Picture Ho.R

Year of the Cat

Title: Year of the Cat
By: Richard Ho
Published: 2022

Rat and the eleven other zodiac animals set out to apologize to Cat, but what will happen when Cat does not think Rat's apology is sincere?

Age range: 4-8

Call Number: J Picture LaMot.L

Mindy Kim and the Lunar New Year Parade

Title: Mindy Kim and the Lunar New Year Parade
By: Lyla Lee
Published: 2020

Mindy is excited to celebrate the Lunar New Year! Even though it's the first one without her mom, Mindy is determined to enjoy the day. She decides to make traditional Korean New Year food, a rice cake soup that's her favorite. But things aren't going quite to plan, and the celebration doesn't feel the same as it did before. With the help of her family and friends, can Mindy find a way to still enjoy her old holiday traditions, and create new ones along the way?

Age range: 6-9

Call Number: JChapter Lee.L

The Dragon Warrior, Book 1

Title: The Dragon Warrior, Book 1
By: Katie Zhao
Published: 2019

Twelve-year-old Jade Society member Faryn Liu may be destined to command the Jade Emperor's army of demon-fighting dragons, but first she must complete a daring quest across several Chinatowns before the Lunar New Year.

Age range: 8-11

Call Number: J Zhao.K (A mythological fiction novel like The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan)

The Year of the Dog

Title: The Year of the Dog
By: Grace Lin
Published: 2006

Frustrated at her seeming lack of talent for anything, a young Taiwanese American girl sets out to apply the lessons of the Chinese Year of the Dog, those of making best friends and finding oneself, to her own life.

Age range: 8-11

Call Number: JPaperbk Lin.G

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