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The Lunar New Year is just days away! Learn more about the traditions surrounding this holiday with a lovely collection of Chinese New Year picture books.
I love using picture books within my lesson plans. This collection of books for kids makes a great addition to your Chinese New Year activities. These picture books will help you introduce students to Chinese culture and holiday traditions associated with this fun holiday.
Chinese New Year Picture Books
Below, I’ve featured just a handful of picture books that will help your kids learn more about the traditions surrounding the Chinese New Year.
You should be able to find them at your local library or bookstore. If you can’t find them locally, you can click each image cover to purchase them on Amazon.
PoPo’s Lucky Chinese New Year – When her Chinese grandmother comes to visit, a young Chinese-American girl learns of and participates in the customs and beliefs celebrating an authentic Chinese New Year.
The Runaway Wok – When a boy goes to the market to buy food and comes home with an old wok instead, his parents wonder what they’ll eat for dinner. But then the wok rolls out of the poor family’s house with a skippity-hoppity-ho! and returns from the rich man’s home with a feast in tow!
Chinese New Year – The Mr. Men and Little Misses are celebrating Chinese New Year! Little Miss Neat is having a Chinese New Year party with traditional decorations, a New Year’s Eve feast, and the next day there will even be a dragon dance. What could possibly go wrong?!
Lunar New Year – This festive board book teaches readers that Lunar New Year invites us to spend time with family and friends, to light lanterns, and set off fireworks, dance with dragons, and to live the new year in harmony and happiness.
How to Catch a Dragon – Set in China during the Spring Festival, otherwise known as Chinese New Year, the wily dragon will have to avoid trap after trap as the kids run through paper lanterns, red lunar envelopes, fireworks, and more!
My First Chinese New Year – Chinese New Year is a time of new beginnings. Follow one little girl as she learns how to welcome the coming year and experience all the festivities surrounding it.
Ruby’s Chinese New Year – 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 deliver it? Will it be clever Rat, strong Ox, or cautious Rabbit? Ruby meets each of the twelve zodiac animals on her journey.
Chinese New Year Wishes – Follow Hong as he and his family prepare for and celebrate the Chinese New Year Festival.
Peppa’s Chinese New Year – When Madame Gazelle tells the children it’s time to celebrate Chinese New Year, they couldn’t be more excited. Peppa and her friends hang lanterns, eat fortune cookies, and put on a dragon dance!
Celebrate Chinese New Year – 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.
Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas – 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 trying out their rice porridge, their chairs, and their beds—with disastrous results.
Chinese New Year Colors – 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.
Little Sen’s Chinese Holidays – Children aged 2-8 will enjoy this story of Little Sen and his family as they experience a year of Chinese holidays and learn about holiday traditions and yummy food!
Dragon Dance: A Chinese New Year Lift-the-Flap Book – 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 dinner with the whole family, receiving red envelopes from Grandma and Grandpa, and best of all-watching the spectacular Lunar New Year’s parade!
Mulan’s Lunar New Year – 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. . . .