This coming Sunday, February 10th, begins the 2013 Lunar New Year and the Chinese Year of the Snake. Ready to celebrate? We are too! Here are some great books to put you and your family into a festive mood and learn more about the holiday and Chinese Culture:
Dragon Dance by Joan Holub with illustrations by Benrei Huang
Beginning readers will love learning all there is to do in preparing for and celebrating the arrival of the new year–and it’s a lift the flap book.
Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin
Great artwork and simple a simple story, everyone will love the arrival of the extended parade. Need more from Grace Lin? Check out her many more titles on aspects of Chinese Culture such as Dim Sum for Everyone and The Ugly Vegetables.
The Dancing Dragon by Mark Vaughn with illustrations by Stanley Wong Hoo Foon
A short book that actually folds out so the reader can enjoy the whole parade and festivities, just like the characters.
Sam and the Lucky Money by Karen Chinn with illustrations by Cornelius Wright and Ying Hwa-Hu
Sam receives his lucky, red envelope money and heads deep into the Chinatown festivities with his mother to find something to buy. After a chance encounter with a homeless man, Sam isn’t so sure that his money should go to sweets or toys, but what should he do?
Moonbeams, Dumplings, and Dragon Boats: a Treasury of Chinese Holiday Tales, Activities, and Recipes by Nina Simonds, Leslie Swartz, and the Children’s Museum–Boston. Illustrations by Meilo So.
An excellent primer for Chinese holidays across the annual calendar, this book is a great primer for those who want to learn more about Chinese festivals or celebrate at home.
The Year of the Snake: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac by Oliver Chin with illustrations by Jennifer Wood
In the most relevant of Chin’s series (he has a book dedicated to each animal of the Zodiac) a young girl seeks to end peoples’ misconceptions of the snake, but will it be for naught?
A New Year’s Reunion by Yu Li Qiong with illustrations by Zhu Cheng Liang
A great story for those who want to learn more about Chinese New Year as well as those who have ever missed the company of a loved one.
The Runaway Wok: A Chinese New Year Tale by Ying Chang Compestine with illustrations by Sebastia Serra
If you thought it was silly of Jack to trade the family cow for a few magic beans, wait until you see what happens when Ming trades his family’s eggs for a talking piece of cookware. Also check out Compestine’s The Runaway Rice Cake, an excellent book in the Gingerbread Man theme.
Happy Reading and Gong Hey Fat Choy!