Chinese New Year is coming up fast! The Year of the Monkey starts on February 8th so you have just about a week and a half until the dim sum starts rolling in.
Sadly, there isn’t a huge selection of good holiday picture books out there for Chinese New Year. I guess it just doesn’t have the marketing draw that Christmas and Halloween have. We’ve bought our fair share of books that ultimately had poor illustrations or stories that fell flat, so I wanted to do a little round up of books that passed the Morgan children readability test. Not all are strictly Chinese New Year, just to warn you, but each is beautifully done and a good addition to your home or classroom library!
Bringing In the New Year by Grace Lin /// Dragon Dance: a Chinese New Year Lift-the-Flap Book by Joan Holub /// My First Chinese New Year by Karen Katz /// Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas by Natasha Yim /// Hiss! Pop! Boom!: Celebrating Chinese New Year by Tricia Morrissey /// Lion Dancer: Ernie Wan’s Chinese New Year by Kate Waters /// The Runaway Wok: A Chinese New Year Tale by Ying Chang Compestine /// Sam and the Lucky Money by Karen Chinn /// A New Year’s Reunion: A Chinese Story by Yu Li-Qiong /// Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats: A Treasury of Chinese Holiday Tales, Activities & Recipes by Nina Simonds /// Red Is a Dragon: A Book of Colors by Roseanne Thong /// Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin /// In the Snow by Huy Voun Lee