Books for Kids: Lunar New Year

Check out some of our books for children that focus on Lunar New Year.

Playing with lanterns by Wang Yage | Request this book

In this cheerful book first published in China, readers are invited along with Zhao Di and her friends as they experience all the joy and excitement of this folk Chinese custom.

The Little Pigs and the Sweet Rice Cakes: a Story told in English and Chinese by Li Jian | Request this book

Told in a bilingual Chinese and English edition, this is the story of three little pigs whose appetites initially get the better of them. In a shared dream, they met an old man who tells them to deliver sweet rice cakes to him a week before New Year’s Eve. The next morning, they see some sweet rice cakes on their kitchen table. The three little pigs completely forget the old man and eat every bit of them. When their mother comes home, she is very angry to discover all the cakes gone. Seeing their mother unhappy, the three little pigs help her make more delicious sweet rice cakes.

Chinese New Year Colors by Rich Lo | Request this 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, where symbolic gifts, foods, and objects come together in a celebration of beautiful colors.

Lunar New Year by Hannah Eliot | Request this book

Introduces lunar new year, describing the food, decorations, and activities of the holiday.

Mulan’s Lunar New Year | Request this 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 Year story that captures the unique sense of magic, imagination, and possibility that surrounds the holiday!

Goldy Luck and The Three Pandas by Natasha Yim | Request this title

One Chinese New Year, her mother sends Goldy Luck to the pandas next door with a plate of turnip cakes, but the pandas are out and disaster follows. Includes a recipe for turnip cakes and an explanation of Chinese New Year.

The Nian Monster by Andrea Wang | Request this title

Tong tong! The legendary Nian monster has returned at Chinese New Year. With horns, scales, and wide, wicked jaws, Nian is intent on devouring Shanghai, starting with Xingling! The old tricks to keep him away don’t work on Nian anymore, but Xingling is clever. Will her quick thinking be enough to save the city from the Nian Monster?

Sam and The Lucky Money by Karen Chinn | Request this title

Sam must decide how to spend the lucky money he’s received for Chinese New Year

Celebrate Chinese New Year by Carolyn Otto | Request this title

Children have never had so many reasons to learn how Chinese people everywhere ring in the new and ring out the old. As China takes its new place on the global stage, understanding Chinese culture and values becomes ever more essential to our next generation.

The Animals of Chinese New Year by Jen Sookfong Lee | Request this title

Drawing on the myth of the Chinese zodiac, The Animals of Chinese New Year follows 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 works hard, the tiger is brave, the dog smiles kindly, but who will win?

Mindy Kim and the Lunar New Year Parade by Lyla Lee | Request this title

Mindy is excited to go to the Lunar New Year parade in her new town with her father and her friend Sally.

The Year of The Rat by Grace Lin | Request this title

In the Chinese Year of the Rat, a young Taiwanese American girl faces many challenges: her best friend moves to California and a new boy comes to her school, she must find the courage to forge ahead with her dream of becoming a writer and illustrator, and she must learn to find the beauty in change.

*Book summaries are taken from our library catalog