Lunar New Year: Books for Kids

Find books for babies through elementary school about the Lunar New Year!

Updated January 4, 2024
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Bitty Bao Celebrating Chinese New Year: A Bilingual Book in English and Mandarin with Traditional Characters, Zhuyin, and Pinyin
Benard, Lacey.
For families looking for an informative and fun book to introduce their bitty babes to the traditions of everyone's favorite holiday: Chinese New Year. Readers will also learn family names in two languages while highlighting Chinese culture! "A fun bilingual book of...
D is for dragon dance
Compestine, Ying Chang
A bilingual introduction to the Chinese New Year in English and Chinese. From the dazzling dragon dance to the scrumptious steamed dumplings to the firecrackers that frighten away evil spirits, this alphabet book celebrates the traditions of the lunar new year. First published in...
Dragon's hometown
Dong, Hongyou
A girl longs to return to the Chinese island where she was born to look for dragons. Her dream finally comes true when her family returns to celebrate Chinese New Year. The girl helps her grandparents prepare for the holiday and then joins in on the big holiday parade. When night falls, she goes out...
Happy Chinese New Year! : a festive counting story
Ho, Jannie
Count to twelve with the zodiac animals as they get ready to celebrate Chinese New Year!Sweet, colorful illustrations introduce each of the zodiac animals as they bring special items to the celebration. Xīn Nian Ku i L !Happy Chinese New Year! The zodiac...
Two New Years
Ho, Richard (Children's author)
This warm and welcoming New Year celebration 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.   For this multicultural family, inspired...
Dragon dance : a Chinese New Year lift-the-flap book
Holub, Joan.
A great introduction to the customs of Lunar New Year.This interactive lift-the-flap book is perfect for parents and early readers to enjoy together! It's Lunar New Year and there are so many fun things to do! Shopping at the outdoor market for fresh flowers, eating New Year's...
Lunartale : a new year's adventure.
Hong, Stella
A thrilling Lunar New Year-inspired, full-color board book adventure with pages to peek through and gatefolds to open--part of the Abrams Trail Tale series, taking readers on unforgettable holiday-themed adventures. Written and illustrated by Stella Hong,...
Grace's Chinese New Year
Huang, Jackie.
Firecrackers, family, a Lion dancer, and loud drums are all parts of Grace's Chinese New Year celebrations in this Step 2 Reader! Sweep away the bad luck; sweep in the good luck-it's Chinese New Year! Grace and her family are getting ready for the festivities. They're hanging red...
Home for Chinese New Year : a story told in English and Chinese
Jie, Wei
The Chinese New Year is a time for family reunions. This Chinese children's story tells a delightful trip with lots of cultural details along the way! Jia Jun's Dad worked out of town all year around. Now it's time for him to come home. He took a train, bus, three-wheeled...
Tomorrow is New Year's Day : Seollal, a Korean Celebration of the Lunar New Year
Kim, Aram.
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
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 animals of Chinese New Year
Lee, Jen Sookfong
Drawing on the myth of the Chinese zodiac, The Animals of Chinese New Yearfollows twelve animals as they speed across a river, competing to represent the imminent new year in a race held by the Jade Emperor, the most powerful Chinese god. Each animal competes in its own unique way. The ox...
Mindy Kim and the Lunar New Year parade
Lee, Lyla
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...
Ruby's Chinese New Year
Lee, Vickie
In this picture book by Vickie Lee celebrating Chinese New Year, animals from the Chinese zodiac help a little girl deliver a gift to her grandmother. Ruby has a special card to give to her grandmother for Chinese New Year. But who will help her get to grandmother's house to...
Bringing in the New Year
Lin, Grace
In a brightly colored board book, perfect for the youngest child, Newbery Honoree Grace Lin tells the tale of a Chinese American family as they prepare for the Lunar New Year. Each family member lends a hand as they sweep out the dust of the old year, hang decorations, and make dumplings. Then it...
The year of the rat : a novel
Lin, Grace.
In this sequel to Year of the Dog, Pacy has another big year in store for her. The Year of the Dog was a very lucky year: she met her best friend Melody and discovered her true talents. However, the Year of the Rat brings big changes: Pacy must deal with Melody moving to California, find...
Friends are friends, forever
Liu, Dane
On a snowy Lunar New Year's Eve, it's Dandan's last night with Yueyue. Tomorrow, she leaves China for America. The two best friends have a favorite wintertime tradition: crafting paper-cut snowflakes, freezing them outside, and hanging them as ornaments. Will there be anyone to carry on this...
Laolao's dumplings
Liu, Dane
Millie loves to help LaoLao cook, especially her favorite dish. Dumplings! They gather fresh ingredients from Chinatown. Chives from Auntie Lim, shrimp from Uncle Lee, and juicy, fragrant lychees that make their days together so sweet. As the seasons change, LaoLao feels more and...
Chinese New Year colors
Lo, Rich
This bilingual color concept book celebrates a rainbow of traditional objects seen during the Chinese New Year. H ng is the color of explosive firecrackers! Jīn is the hue of lucky coins. Zŏng is the shade of sweet peanut puffs. Welcome to the...
Nian, the Chinese New Year dragon : a beastly tale : adapted from a Chinese legend
Loh-Hagan, Virginia
2020 EUREKA Excellence in Nonfiction Awards - Gold Winner2020 Feather Quill Reviewer's Choice AwardMei hates springtime. Why? Because it's only in the spring that Nian, a fierce dragon, is able to leave his mountain prison under the sea to terrorize the local village. When the villagers hear the...
Lunar New Year : a celebration of family and fun
Man-Kong, Mary
Celebrate the Lunar New Year and learn about all of its traditions with this Big Golden Book! Every year, millions of Asian families come together to celebrate the first new moon in the sky. Now preschoolers can learn about the zodiac animals, the delicious food, the exciting...
Feasts and festivals around the world : from Lunar New Year to Christmas
McGinty, Alice B.
Explore the celebrations and feasts of twelve countries and cultures from around the world! From South Korea to Nigeria to the USA, come celebrate festivals throughout the year! People around the world are celebrating. In Australia, it's Christmas in summer with barbecues on the...
A sweet new year for Ren
Sterling, Michelle
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...
The Lunar New Year surprise
Wang, Jade
"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)
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...
Grandma and the rooster
Wang, Yimei
The night before Lunar New Year
Wing, Natasha
Discover all the celebratory traditions surrounding Lunar New Year in this festive addition to the Night Before series. It's the night before Lunar New Year, and a little girl is excited for all of the celebrations to come. She's prepared dumplings with her mom, bought a...
Lunar New Year
Yim, Natasha
Lunar New Year captures the magic of the celebration by exploring how Ling and her family enjoy the biggest Chinese festival of the year. The new year festival lasts for 15 days full of preparation, celebration, and symbolism. Join Ling, her sister Mei...
Goldy Luck and the three pandas
Yim, Natasha.
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...
The Lucky Red Envelope: a Lift-The-flap Lunar New Year Celebration : A Lift-The-flap Lunar New Year Celebration
Zhang, Vikki
The Lucky Red Envelope is a nostalgic, yet ultra cool and visually rich narrative non-fiction book about a little girl and her family as they count down to, and celebrate Lunar New Year. With 144 flaps across 24 pages, there is plenty for observant children to pore over.

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