Books for Kids: Lunar New Year

Check out our list of books about Lunar New Year for children from the Scotch Plains Public Library.

Updated January 11, 2024
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Lunar New Year
Fačy, Bernard
Paper Book
Celebrate the Lunar New Year with this delightful baby board book teaching little ones all about this amazing New Year holiday. Bold, brightly colored pictures, and short and snappy text is the perfect way to discover the Lunar New Year together in this delightful book! From...
Lunar new year
Eliot, Hannah
Paper Book
Learn all about the traditions of Lunar New Year--also known as Chinese New Year--with this fourth board book in the Celebrate the World series, which highlights special occasions and holidays across the globe. After the winter solstice each year, it's time for a celebration with...
Happy Lunar New Year!
Fry, Sonali
Paper Book
Celebrate the Lunar New Year on Sesame Street with Ji-Young, Lily, and Elmo! Elmo learns about different Lunar New Year celebrations from his friends on Sesame Street. Ji-Young tells Elmo about Soellal, which is celebrated in Korea. And Lily the tiger shares traditions from her...
It's your year, baby dragon
Hsu, Ariel
Paper Book
Baby Dragon is confident and powerful! Welcome the Year of the Dragon (2024) with this fun board book series introducing kids to each zodiac sign through positive personality traits and adorable animal characters. "This cute introduction to a child's Chinese zodiac animal is...
Tomorrow is New Year's Day : Seollal, a Korean celebration of the Lunar New Year
Kim, Aram
Paper Book
From Korean American author-illustrator Aram Kim, Tomorrow is New Year's Day follows a little girl sharing the fun customs of Seollal--the Korean Lunar New Year--with her classmates. Seollal, the Korean Lunar New Year, is Mina's favorite day of the year. ...
Chloe's Lunar New Year
LaMotte, Lily
Paper Book
Lily LaMotte, brilliant author of the graphic novel Measuring Up, an ALA Top Ten, has written her debut picture book about a special Lunar New Year feast. Perfect for fans of Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin and I Am Golden by Eva Chen. "Themes of love and family...
The tray of togetherness
Leung, Flo
Paper Book
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...
Boys don't fry
Lee, Kimberly
Paper Book
Jin wishes his family would ask him to help prepare the Lunar New Year feast. But boys, or Babas, never get asked--only Nyonyas, the girls. It's the eve of Lunar New Year, and Jin can't wait for the big family reunion dinner. He loves the aromas and the bubbly chatter coming...
Mindy Kim and the Lunar New Year parade
Lee, Lyla
Paper Book
Fresh Off the Boat meets Junie B. Jones in this second novel in an adorable new chapter book series about Mindy Kim, a young Asian American girl who is getting ready to celebrate Lunar New Year! Mindy is excited to celebrate the Lunar New Year! Even though it's the first...
Bringing in the New Year
Lin, Grace.
Paper Book
This exuberant story follows a Chinese American family as they prepare for the Lunar New Year. Each member of the family lends a hand as 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 family and friends....
The little pigs and the sweet rice cakes : a story told in English and Chinese
Li, Jian (Art teacher)
Paper Book
In America, every child knows the story of the three little pigs and the big, bad wolf, so they'll love reading about the pigs' Chinese counterparts. Told in a bilingual Chinese and English edition, this is the story of three little pigs whose appetites initially get the...
Friends are friends, forever
Liu, Dane
Paper Book
A picture book based on the author's own immigration story, the infinite impact of friendship, and passing on love and kindness around the world. On a snowy Lunar New Year's Eve in Northeastern China, it's Dandan's last night with Yueyue. Tomorrow, she moves to America. The...
Chinese New Year colors
Lo, Rich
Paper Book
Celebrate Lunar New Year with a rainbow of traditions in this bilingual board book!      Hóng is the color of firecrackers! Jīn is the hue of lucky coins. Zŏng is the shade of sweet peanut puffs. Welcome to the festivities of the Chinese New Year,...
New Year
Mei, Zihan (Children's author)
Paper Book
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. As he imagines how his...
Grumpy New Year
Moore, Katrina
Paper Book
This funny and heartwarming follow-up to Grandpa Grumps celebrates Lunar New Year and the love of a doting grandparent. "A superb celebration of the Lunar New Year." --School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW "Moore structures her story as a 10...
Wish soup : a celebration of Seollal
Park, Junghwa
Paper Book
Celebrate Korean Lunar New Year and join one child's quest to eat enough bowls of soup to become a "big girl!" Sohee's favorite part of Seollal is tteokguk--the special Korean rice cake soup traditionally only enjoyed on New Year's Day. Each bowl is said to make the person who eats it...
A sweet new year for Ren
Sterling, Michelle
Paper Book
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! Little Ren looks forward to the preparation for...
Tet Together
Trinh, Alice
Paper Book
Tết, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, is a time of celebration and it involves much preparation. This festive story is a great introduction to the most important Vietnamese cultural holiday. Readers will learn the significance of each tradition during this special time. As families...
The Nian monster
Wang, Andrea
Paper Book
The Original Art 2017 Exhibit 2017-2018 Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association Literature Award Picture Book Honor STARRED REVIEW! "Wang's story thrills but doesn't threaten: Chau's wonderfully vivid watercolors give the...
The Lunar New Year surprise
Wang, Jade
Paper Book
"It's the first day of the Lunar New Year--the biggest, yummiest, NOISIEST celebration of the year!" During the festivities, can Gege find the perfect moment to present his handcrafted surprise to his little sister? Children will learn what makes the Lunar New Year special, from the...
Playing with lanterns
Wang, Yage (College teacher)
Paper Book
Zhao Di wishes the New Year would never end! Zhao Di and her friends are excited to go out at night with their paper lanterns and celebrate Chinese New Year. Each holding a unique colorful lantern with a lit candle inside, they admire the breathtaking colors while doing their best...
Lunar New Year
Yim, Natasha
Paper Book
Goldy Luck and the three pandas
Yim, Natasha.
Paper Book
A retelling of a favorite fairy tale, set in a bustling contemporary Chinatown, that celebrates Chinese New Year. It's Chinese New Year, and Goldy Luck's mother wants her to take a plate of turnip cakes to the neighbors. The Chans aren't home, but that doesn't stop Goldy from...
Mulan's lunar new year
Yim, Natasha
Paper Book
It's the Lunar New Year, and it happens to be Mulan's favorite festival! There is a lot to do to prepare for this important celebration, and for the first time, Mulan is old enough to help out. But everything Mulan does seems to turn out wrong... Follow along with Mulan in this special Lunar New...

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