Chinese New Year storybooks that we love

1. My First Chinese New Year by Karen Katz

This is a wonderful book to introduce children (and even the adults) to the traditions and customs of the Chinese New Year. What I love about this book is that the story contains all the essential festive elements, e.g. cleaning the house to make way for good luck, getting new haircuts and shoes, cooking the big banquet for family reunion, getting the red packets and finally going out to see the Chinese New Year parade.

This is usually my first choice of Chinese New Year story to read to the children whenever I am invited to do a special storytime at our local library or the kids’ school. πŸ™‚

2. Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin

This is another personal favorite. The book is beautifully illustrated and the story also contains all the essential festive elements too.

Easy to read, we love it. πŸ™‚

3. Happy Chinese New Year, Kai-lan!

This story is based on the popular Nickelodeon cartoon series. It introduces children to the Chinese New Year. If your child likes Kai-Lan, this is a good book to read with her.


4. Sam and the Lucky Money by Karen Chinn

What I love about this book is its good moral message about giving and appreciation. This story is about a boy, named Sam, who received four red envelopes and he accompanied his mother thru Chinatown and had every intention to spend his 4 dollars. His anticipation on how to spend the money diminished when he accidentally stepped on the foot of a homeless man who is buried in a pile of red paper. In the end, he decided that his dollars would be best spent on the barefoot stranger. πŸ™‚ In my opinion, this is such a good book to read to the children, even if it isn’t Chinese New Year.

Do check these books out if you have the chance. If you know of any other good Chinese New Year books, please share with me. πŸ™‚

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