Lunar New Year Picture Books

The Lunar New Year is right around the corner on February 2, 2011, so here are some books and songs to celebrate the event! Not all the books are just about the Lunar New Year. Some celebrate Chinese culture or Korean food, so your child can learn about a variety of different cultures.

“Bringing In the New Year” by Grace Lin
“Round is a Mooncake” by Roseanne Thong
“Red is a Dragon” by Roseanne Thong
“Dragon Dancing” by Carole Lexa Schaefer
“D is for Dragon Dance” by Ying Compestine
“Ten M ice for Tet” by Pegi Deitz Shea
“Happy Belly, Happy Smile” by Rachel Isadora
“Bee-bim Bop” by Linda Sue Park

Five Red Dragons
Five red dragons making such a roar.
One danced away and then there were four.
Four red dragons dancing around a tree.
One danced away and then there were three.
Three red dragons dancing around you.
One danced away and then there were two.
Two red dragons dancing in the sun.
One danced away and then there was one.
One red dragon having lots of fun
She danced away and then there were none.

Dragon, Dragon

(to the tune of:  Twinkle, twinkle little star)
Dragon, dragon, dance around.
Dragon, dragon, touch the ground.
Dragon, dragon, shake your head.
Dragon, dragon, tongue so red.
Dragon, dragon, stamp your feet.
Dragon, dragon, coming down the street!
(match actions to words while singing)

Here Come the New Years Animals

(to the tune of: Old MacDonald Had a Farm)
New Years animals marching ‘round, E-I-E-I-O
And one of the animals is a Rat, E-I-E-I-O
With a squeak, squeak here, and a squeak, squeak there,
Here a squeak, there a squeak, everywhere a squeak, squeak.
New Years animals marching ‘round, E-I-E-I-O.
Additional Verses:
Year of the…
Cow/Ox – moo, moo
Tiger – grr, grrr
Rabbit – sniff, sniff
Dragon – roar, roar
Snake – hiss, hiss
Horse – neigh, neigh
Sheep – baa, baa
Monkey – who, whoo
Rooster/Chicken – cock-a-doodle doo
Dog – woof, woof
Pig – oink, oink

Eliza Pope

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