Book Scouts: Lunar New Year Reads

Thursday, February 12 marked the Lunar New Year, a holiday celebrated by Asians throughout the world every year as the start of the lunar calendar. February 12 also marked the beginning of the weeks-long festival celebrating the Chinese New Year, so this week is the perfect time to check out some fun and educational books about the holiday! The titles below teach kids about Lunar New Year traditions and history through picture, chapter, and nonfiction books.

School Age Program Coordinator Jennifer Johnson highlights some of her favorites in the video below. And you can find even more Lunar New Year books in the following list. These books are mostly intended for kids ages 8-12, but they can be enjoyed by all ages.

Click the titles in the list to browse and put them on hold for curbside pickup. If you don’t know where to start, request a Book Bundle about the Lunar New Year and we’ll pick some books for you! You can also call (423) 434-4458 for more information on any of these titles. For more on what we offer for kids and families, click here.

Picture Books

The Runaway Wok: A Chinese New Year Tale by Ying Chang Compestine

Maisy’s Chinese New Year by Lucy Cousins

Dragon’s Hometown by Hongyou Dong

Lunar New Year by Hannah Eliot

Long-Long’s New Year: A Story about the Chinese Spring Festival by Catherine Gower

My First Chinese New Year by Karen Katz

Ruby’s Chinese New Year by Vickie Lee

Chinese New Year Colors by Rich Lo

New Year by Rich Lo

Happy Chinese New Year, Kai-Lan! by Lauryn Silverhardt

The Nian Monster by Andrea Wang

The Race for the Chinese Zodiac by Gabrielle Wang

This Next New Year by Janet Wong

A New Year’s Reunion by Li-Qiong Yu


Chapter Books

Mindy Kim and the Lunar New Year Parade by Lyla Lee

The Year of the Dog: A Novel by Grace Lin

Happy New Year, Julie by Megan McDonald

The New Year Dragon Dilemma by Ron Roy

The Star Maker by Laurence Yep

When the Circus Came to Town by Laurence Yep

The Dragon Warrior by Katie Zhao



Chinese New Year by Tricia Brown

D Is for Dragon Dance by Ying Chang Compestine

Chinese New Year by Alice Flanagan

Lunar New Year by Susan Hamen

Chinese New Year: A Celebration for Everyone by Jen Sookfong Lee

Celebrate Chinese New Year by Carolyn Otto

Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats by Nina Simonds

Lion Dancer: Ernie Wan’s Chinese New Year by Kate Waters

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