The Lunar New Year begins on Feb. 1. If your family is looking to learn more information about the holiday or to plan your own celebration, check out the books below.
- Our Lunar New Year by Yobe Qui – This colorful book explains how the Lunar New Year is celebrated by families in China, Vietnam, Korea, Thailand and India. Each region is represented with a distinct illustration style, giving each area a unique tone and feel. Watch a digital story time here.
- Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin – In a brightly colored book, perfect for the youngest kid in your home, Newbery Honoree Grace Lin tells of a Chinese American family as they prepare for the Lunar New Year. Each family member helps out as they sweep out the dust of the old year, hang decorations and make dumplings. Watch a digital story time here.
- Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas by Natasha Yim – A favorite fairytale set in a bustling contemporary Chinatown. 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. Watch a digital story time here.
- Ten Mice for Tet by Pegi Deitz Shea and Cynthia Weill – This vibrant counting book introduces children to the traditions of the Vietnamese New Year. Playful mice show ten scenes of preparation for Tet. This book has simple sentences making it ideal for an early reader. Find the digital story time here.
Looking for more book recommendations? Check out Mary Nhin’s blog about Supporting the AAPI Community.
Emiley Bainbridge is the editorial assistant at MetroFamily Magazine. She’s currently taking forever to get a Master’s Degree in Library Science. She’s married to Russ and mother of Olivia and Nicholas. She enjoys reading, musical theater and dance parties.