Picture Books about Chinese New Year for the Classroom
Picture books about Chinese New Year is a great way to introduce children to this exciting festival celebrated by millions of people across the world.
Explore how Chinese New Year is celebrated
Have your students ever wondered how Chinese New Year is celebrated? Well, look no further, you can use these wonderful books about Chinese New to introduce Chinese culture and traditions. They bring China, a country of great history and beauty, alive.
Before getting to the books I have found some websites that go into more detail about how Chinese New Year is celebrated. There are also a few videos you can use with your students.
BBC Newsround: What is Chinese New Year?
Encyclopaedia Britannica: Chinese New Year
Travel China Guide: Chinese New Year Celebrations around the World
Travel China Guide: Chinese Zodiac
Teaching Ideas: Chinese New Year Teaching Ideas and Resources
The School Run: The Chinese New Year
Scholastic: Lunar New Year Lesson Plans and Activities
For more picture about China and its culture and traditions take a look at the post Best Books Promoting Chinese Culture for Kids.
Picture Books about Chinese New Year List
I hope you enjoy these recommended picture books on how Chinese New Year is celebrated. If you have any suggestions for books about the Lunar New Year and Chinese New Year please add them to the comments below.
Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas
Set during the Chinese New Year, Goldy Luck’s mother sends her to visit the neighbouring pandas with turnip cakes. When the Chan’s return they find the sleeping Goldy Luck. Embarrassed, she runs home, but soon returns to the Chan’s home to apologise and clean up her mess.
A New Year's Reunion by Li-Qiong Yu
When Maomao’s father visits, the family prepare sticky rice balls with special fortune coins hidden inside. When Maomao loses her special coin, her devastation is heightened by the impending departure of her father. The lucky token is found just in time for Maomao to give it to her father as they say goodbye.
The Race for the Chinese Zodiac by Gabrielle Wang
The Jade Emperor initiates a race, promising the first 12 animals who finish they will have a year of the Chinese Zodiac named after them. Thirteen animals find different ways to cross the river. Initially, Cat and Rat work together only for Rat to push Cat into the water, resulting in no Year of the Cat.
Ruby's Chinese New Year by Vickie Lee
Ruby meets the twelve zodiac animals on her journey to deliver a Chinese New Year card to her grandmother.
The Runaway Wok: A Chinese New Year Tale by Ying Chang Compestine
A poor man, Ming Zhang works for, Li, the richest man in Beijing. He sends his son to trade their last eggs for a bag of rice but he returns with a singing wok. The wok hops to the greedy Li family, filling itself with food and gold once stolen from others. The Ming family share the fortune and food with other needy villagers.
Sam and the Lucky Money by Karen Chinn
It is Chinese New Year and Sam receives four red envelopes, each containing a dollar. He visits Chinatown to spend his lucky money but doesn’t have enough to buy what he wants. When he encounters a barefoot stranger, Sam realises he is “the lucky one” and thoughtfully gives his lucky money to the man.
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Do you celebrate Chinese New Year in your classroom? What resources do you use? Add any books, videos and activities in the comments. I would love to discover more Lunar New Year resources!