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Books for Lunar New Year

Tamia Adwoa Maerine Bafo
Article Date
February 7, 2024

Celebrate Lunar New Year with these book selections from our Arlington Public Library Catalog:

Year of the Tiger

Year of the Tiger

Drawing on a collection of original essays, previously published work, conversations, graphics, photos, commissioned art by disabled and Asian American artists, and more, the author uses her unique talent to share an impressionistic scrapbook of her life as an Asian American disabled activist, community organizer, media maker, and dreamer.

Snow Flower

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

A story of friendship set in nineteenth-century China follows an elderly woman and her companion as they communicate their hopes, dreams, joys, and tragedies through a unique secret language.

Mindy Kim

Mindy Kim and the Lunar New Year Parade

Mindy is excited to celebrate the Lunar New Year! Even though it’s the first one without her mom, Mindy is determined to enjoy the day. She decides to make traditional Korean New Year food, a rice cake soup that’s her favorite. But things aren’t going quite to plan, and the celebration doesn’t feel the same as it did before.

Our Lunar New Year
Our Lunar New Year

eAudiobook also available on hoopla

It's almost Lunar New Year! Xiao Mi, Hang, Kwan, Malai and Charu all celebrate the New Year in their own special way. Experience how each one of the Chinese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese and Indian children and their families honor Lunar New Year, from dragon dances in China to firecrackers in India!

Lunar New Year Surprise

The Lunar New Year Surprise

eAudiobook also available on hoopla

During the Lunar New Year festivities, can Gege find the perfect moment to present his handcrafted surprise to his little sister? This story will teach children what makes the Lunar New Year special, from the preparation responsibilities to the celebratory new moon signifying the first day of the holiday and the festivities that continue in the following weeks. Whether rice balls for family togetherness, spring rolls for a fresh start, or noodles for long life and happiness, this story's foodie focus also shows why the Lunar New Year is the yummiest celebration of the year too. 

Chinese New Year Colors

Chinese New Year colors

This simple and bold bilingual board book is perfect for toddlers and lap sitters.  Each spread focuses on a particular color, giving the name in both Chinese and English, and showcasing a traditional part of the New Year celebration--from paper fans to lion dances.

Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year

Learn all about the traditions of Lunar New Year also known as Chinese New Year with this fourth board book in the Celebrate the World series, which highlights special occasions and holidays across the globe.

Chloe Lunar New Year

Chloe’s Lunar New Year

It's almost Lunar New Year, and Chloe can’t wait to celebrate! But first, Chloe and her family must prepare for the new year. They buy new shoes, lay out good-luck oranges in a bowl, decorate the red envelope, and make a crispy turnip cake. Everyone comes together to cook a fantastic feast, saving a plate for A-má, of course. Chloe enjoys the festive celebration and yummy food, but most of all, she loves spending time with her family. 

Baby's First Lunar New Year

Baby’s first Lunar New Year

Bold, brightly colored pictures, and short and snappy text is the perfect way to discover the Lunar New Year together in this delightful book! From hanging up paper lanterns to opening fortune cookies, Baby’s First Lunar Year features all the familiar favorites associated with the arrival of springtime.

Dragon's Hometown

Dragon’s Hometown

A girl longs to return to the island in China where she was born to look for dragons. Her dream finally comes true when her family returns to celebrate Chinese New Year. The girl helps her grandparents prepare for the holiday and then joins in on the big holiday parade. When night falls, she goes out with her grandfather in a boat and finally learns about the secret of dragons.

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