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Chinese New Year

Picture Books
Bring in the new year, by Grace Lin
Chinese American family prepares for and celebrates the Lunar New YearEnd notes discuss the customs and traditions of Chinese New Year.

Chinese New Year dragon, by Rachel Sing

A young Chinese American girl recounts her family's traditional activities for the Chinese New Year and the dream she had just before the arrival of the Year of the Dragon.

Gung hay fat choy = Happy new year, by June Behrens

Explains the significance of the Chinese New Year and describes its celebration by Chinese Americans.
Lion dancer: Ernie Wan's Chinese New Year, by Kate Waters

Describes six-year-old Ernie Wan's preparations, at home and in school, for the Chinese New Year celebrations and his first public performance of the lion dance.

Mei Li, by Thomas Handforth

After spending an eventful day at the fair held on New Year's Eve, Mei Li arrives home just in time to greet the Kitchen God.

Moonbeams, dumplings & dragon boats : a treasury of Chinese holiday tales, activities & recipes, by Nina Simonds

Presents background information, related tales, and activities for celebrating five Chinese festivals--Chinese New Year, the Lantern Festival, Qing Ming, the Dragon Boat Festival, and the Moon Festival.

Chapter Books

Ruby Lu, brave and true, by Lenore Look

Ruby Lu spends time with her baby brother, goes to Chinese school, performs magic tricks and learns to drive, and has adventures with both old and new friends.

The year of the dog, by Grace Lin

Frustrated at her seeming lack of talent for anything, a young Taiwanese American girl sets out to apply the lessons of the Chinese Year of the Dog, those of making best friends and finding oneself, to her own life.

The year of the rat, by Grace Lin

In the Chinese Year of the Rat, a young Taiwanese American girl faces many challenges: her best friend moves to California and a new boy comes to her school, she must find the courage to forge ahead with her dream of becoming a writer and illustrator, and she must learn to find the beauty in change.