Lunar New Year Books
Date posted: February 16, 2018
Today marks the beginning of the New Year on the lunar calendar. Since the holiday is traditionally celebrated for about 2 weeks, there’s plenty of time left to share picture books about Lunar New Year with toddlers and preschoolers. Here’s a sample:
Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin
This story follows one family’s traditions as they prepare for the Lunar New Year.
My First Chinese New Year by Karen Katz
A multi-generational family prepares for Chinese New Year by decorating, sweeping, buying blossoms, and cooking together. Culminating in a joyous parade, this picture book is perfect for children 2 and up.
New Clothes for New Year’s Day by Hyun-Joo Bae
In this book, a Korean girl shows readers the new clothes that she wears to celebrate. Each piece of clothing is special and significant.
A New Year’s Reunion by Li-Qiong Yu
Little Maomao is thrilled when her papa arrives home in time to celebrate the new year after being away for a long time. They share sticky rice, and a special fortune coin before he must leave home again in this heartwarming story.
Ten Mice for Tet! By Pegi Deitz Shea
Count your way to the Vietnamese New Year celebration of Tet as mice are busy going to market, preparing a feast, making music, and watching fireworks. Perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.
This Next New Year by Janet S. Wong
A boy who is half Chinese and half Korean celebrates lunar new year with friends from many cultures. He prepares for a fresh start and the good luck he hopes the new year will bring.
For older children who want to learn more, here are a couple of non-fiction titles with lots of photos:
Celebrate Chinese New Year by Carolyn Otto
With colourful photographs and interesting details, this book is a good introduction to Chinese New Year.
Chinese New Year by Jen Sookfong Lee
Jen Sookfong Lee recalls her childhood in Vancouver, British Columbia, and weaves family stories into the history, traditions and evolution of Chinese New Year.
Visit your public library to find these and other titles.