Books to Celebrate the Chinese New Year

At Wrapped in Foil today we’re getting ready to celebrate the Chinese New Year, which starts next Friday, January 31, 2014. We have four older children’s nonfiction books to more learn about it.


Beginning with Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Chinese New Year: With Fireworks, Dragons, and Lanterns by Carolyn Otto. Part of National Geographic’s popular Holidays Around the World series, we find out that the Chinese New Year starts on the first new moon of the year, following the lunar cycle. In the past, the celebrations continued to the full moon or for 15 days. In modern times, the festival is often shortened to a week or less.

In Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats: A Treasury of Chinese Holiday Tales, Activities & Recipes by Nina Simonds, Leslie Swartz, and the Children’s Museum, Boston, with illustrations by Meilo So we can explore five traditional Chinese festivals, starting with the Chinese New Year. On the 15th day, or the end of the New Year’s celebration, is the Lantern Festival. The book also includes chapters on the Cold Foods Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival and the Mid-Autumn-Moon Festival. It is packed full of stories, as well as traditional activities and recipes. Talk about fun for the whole year!

Visit Wrapped In Foil for more Chinese New Year books, crafts and activities all this week.

Do you have any favorite children’s books for the Chinese New Year? If you would like, leave a comment and let us know.

One thought on “Books to Celebrate the Chinese New Year

  1. Great timing! This is a fun holiday to celebrate. Thanks for the suggestions. Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas is a great new book with a new year theme.

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