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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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A Sweet New Year for Ben

Title: A Sweet New Year for Ben
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!

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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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