Lunar New Year children's books


Happy Chinese New Year! is a beautiful book explaining Chinese New Year traditions to children by illustrator/author Demi. The fifteen day celebration is explained with illustrations of the phases of the moon, the characters of the Chinese zodiac and the varied customs.  The traditions of cleaning, cooking symbolic foods, sharing sweet gifts and performing the lion and dragon dances are explained through beautiful illustrations.

Tricia Morrissey’s My Mother is a Dragon, My Father is a Boar, is another whimsical book about the Lunar New Year. Its introduction retells a story of Buddah choosing the twelve animals to make up the zodiac.  Each animal is represented with beautiful cut paper illustrations and its attributes described in detail. Born in 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 and 2016 for example, the monkey is curious, mischievous and clever. 

Another great book to children celebrate the Lunar New Year with kids is Ralph Masiello's Dragon Drawing Book. Masiello’s study of dragon myths around the world culminate here in step by step instructions for how to master drawing dragons like the Aboriginal Rainbow Serpent, The Mayan Celestial Dragon, The Chinese Imperial Dragon and more.


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