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China Book List

China Book List

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This collection of books are a great way to introduce children to Chinese culture and traditions. Whether children have any knowledge of China, these books will bring a country of great history and beauty alive. Many books relate to Chinese New Year. People all over the world celebrate the Lunar New Year, which runs for 15 days. Customs include cleaning the home to sweep out bad fortune and allow good fortune to enter. Children also receive money in special red envelopes, which you can read about in the book Sam and the Lucky Money.

Further Reading

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These resources relate to the book, author and illustrator. The number of resources varies subject to subject. Please check they are appropriate for your specific needs before using them with children. If you have any suggestions please get in touch!

General Information
Encyclopaedia Britannica: Chinese New Year
Travel China Guide: Chinese Zodiac

Learning to Give: Three Chinese Stories Lesson Plans
Oddizzi: China
Victoria and Albert Museum: Discover 5000 years of Chinese culture –teachers’ resources 
BBC: A typical school day in a primary school in China

Educational Articles and Lesson Plans
Scholastic: Exploring China Unit Plan
The Culture Club: China Lesson Plan
PBS Learning Media: Where in China is…?: Lesson Plan | The Story of China
Discovery Education: China – People and Places
British Council: Chinese New Year Lesson Plan
Royal Geographic Society: China – Snapshots in Time 
Royal Museums Greenwich: Stories From the Sea – Chinese Flag
British Council Schools Online: Chinese Language and Culture Teaching Resources 
Character: Chinese Dragons lesson plan

China Book List

More Books to Explore

The Children’s Library Lady has over 400 picture books on large variety of topics. You will find specific book, author and illustrator information, as well as resources. You can also browse themed books lists and explore all the books on the website. Click on the book covers below to start exploring what the website has to offer.

China Book List

Complete Book List

Explore over 450 picture books. Each book title has a synopsis, resources and relevant links.

Themed Picture Book Lists

Find lists of picture books organised by different subjects, including separate lists for teachers.


Find links to a selection of book and magazine publishers. You will find the companies have different offers at different times so have a browse.

Keep in Touch

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These picture books will bring China, a country of great history and beauty, alive. Many of the books celebrate the customs and traditions of Chinese New Year.
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