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  • Writer's pictureRebekah Qu

Lunar New Year Board Books

Updated: Jan 25


Lunar New Year Board Books

There are so many delightful Lunar New Year books, but it can be a challenge to find durable ones that can withstand little fingers. Fortunately, there are Lunar New Year board books available that are both entertaining and resilient. So, to help you discover the perfect addition to your child's library, I've compiled a list of my favorite Lunar New Year board books by Asian authors and illustrators that are sure to bring joy to your toddler and survive many reads together!


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12 Lucky Animals: A Bilingual Baby Book

12 Lucky Animals

Author: Vickie Lee

Illustrator: Joey Chou (@choochoojoey)


This is a bilingual board book about the animals of the Chinese Zodiac. Each page has a colorful illustration for the animal, then provides the animal’s name in English, Chinese, Pinyin, and a phonetic pronunciation for the Chinese name.

Personality traits for each animal are also listed in English.


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Read my full review with additional pictures on Instagram.



Baby Loves Lunar Phases on Chinese New Year

Baby Loves Lunar Phases on Chinese New Year by Ruth Spiro

Author: Ruth Spiro (@ruthspiro)

Illustrator: Irene Chan (@cenerie)


While celebrating Chinese New Year, Baby discovers the science behind lunar phases! Accurate enough to satisfy an expert, yet simple enough for baby, this clever board book explores the lunar calendar, the moon's orbit, and the reason the moon seems to change shape. Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby's sense of wonder. Parents and caregivers may learn a thing or two as well. (Description from Amazon)


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Bitty Bao's Celebrating Chinese New Year

Celebrating Chinese New Year Bitty Bao

By: Lacey Bernard & Lulu Cheng (@bitty.bao)


Celebrating Chinese New Year is about a family preparing to celebrate Lunar New Year. Different family members are highlighted on each page. The final page includes a family tree, which includes even more family members, like different cousins, aunts, and uncles. Available in three bilingual editions: 1) Mandarin with Traditional characters, Pinyin and Zhuyin, 2) Mandarin with Simplified characters and Pinyin, and 3) Cantonese with Traditional characters and Jyutping.


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Read my full review with additional pictures on Instagram.



Bitty Bao's Lucky Lunar Animals

Lucky Lunar Animals from Bitty Bao

By: Lacey Bernard & Lulu Cheng (@bitty.bao)


Lucky Lunar Animals is about the Chinese Zodiac. The first part of the book is about the zodiac animals and includes not only the names of each animal, but some of the personality traits for each animal in both Chinese and English. The second part of the book is on elements and includes the traits for each element as well. It was fun to see an explanation of the elements and how to easily figure out your element, because most books just focus on the animals. Available in three bilingual editions: 1) Mandarin with Traditional characters, Pinyin and Zhuyin, 2) Mandarin with Simplified characters and Pinyin, and 3) Cantonese with Traditional characters and Jyutping.


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Read my full review with additional pictures on Instagram.



Boba Bear's Lunar New Year

Boba Bear's Lunar New Year

Author: Ran Wei Baker (@bobabearbilingual)

Illustrator: Haley Moss (@haleydoods)


This series features Boba Bear, the adorable daughter of a panda bear mom and a brown bear dad. Lunar New Year is Boba Bear‘s favorite holiday! She loves celebrating by cleaning, decorating, making special foods, putting on new clothes, and spending time with family.


All the Boba Bear books are bilingual. They’re written in English, Pinyin, and Chinese characters. On each page, a key word is highlighted in both languages. I find this really helpful because my 14 month old has a very short attention span, so sometimes we just read the keywords in both languages!

Get it from Boba Bear Bilingual.


Read my full review with additional pictures on Instagram.



Bobo's Colorful Chinese New Year

Bobo's Colorful Chinese New Year

Author: Charlotte Cheng and Melissa Miao (@sunbridge)

Illustrator: Kat Uno (@katunodraws)


I love books that do more than one thing. This board book uses Lunar New Year traditions to teach nine colors - and it’s bilingual (English, Chinese characters, and Pinyin)! Bobo, the lovable red panda, celebrates by writing New Year couplets in black ink, making white dumplings, and of course, accepting red envelopes! He also launches a blue lantern, and watches multicolored fireworks (a great opportunity for review).


This is the second book from Sunbridge (the first is a counting book that’s very loved in our home) and has been a hit with H, who has been taking an interest in learning colors! The illustrations are adorable and engaging without being overwhelming for little readers. The way each color is highlighted is really effective.


Get it from Amazon.


Read my full review with additional pictures on Instagram.



Chinese New Year Colors

Chinese New Year Colors by Rich Lo

By: Rich Lo


Celebrate Lunar New Year with a rainbow of traditions in this bilingual board book!


Hóng is the color of firecrackers! Jīn is the hue of lucky coins. Zŏng is the shade of sweet peanut puffs. Welcome to the festivities of the Chinese New Year, where symbolic gifts, foods, and objects come together in a celebration of beautiful 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.


For older readers, a large-format picture book is also available, which features additional backmatter about the symbols shown. (Description from Amazon)


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The Colors of Tết

The Colors of Tet by Tiny Wrist

Author: Ha Huyen (@tinywristco)

Illustrator: Ha Nguyen and Huyen Van


Tết! Tết! The most special time of the year, in the most vivid color illustration. Little kids will not only learn about Lunar New Year, but also about how to talk about colors and their shades, in both English and Vietnamese. The book is illustrated with gorgeous colors, and printed on high quality paper, durable and suitable for tiny hands. (Description from Amazon)


Get it from Amazon.


Read my full review with additional pictures on Instagram.




Gordon and Lili Celebrate Chinese New Year

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Author: Michele Wong McSween (@gordonandlili)

Illustrator: Jeannie Chen (@jeannie.drawings)


This book is part of a series featuring two panda cousins named Gordon (from New York) and Lili (from Beijing). Gordon speaks English and Lili speaks Mandarin, making this a bilingual series.


The board book includes Chinese, pinyin, and phonetic pronunciations for key words with descriptions in English. The book starts with an explanation of Chūn Jié (Chinese New Year) and the Chinese Zodiac. Then each page features a word related to the celebration of Lunar New Year in Chinese culture. Clean (dǎ sǎo), spring couplets (chūn lián), oranges (jú zi), Chinese dress (qí páo), family (jiā tíng), new year cake (nián gāo), and Lion Dance (wǔ shī) are just a few examples.


Get it from Amazon.


Read my full review with additional pictures on Instagram.



Happy Chinese New Year! A Festive Counting Story

Happy Chinese New Year a Festive Counting Story by Jannie Ho

By: Jannie Ho (@chickengirldesign)


The zodiac animals are ready to celebrate Chinese New Year with traditions and a big feast! Little ones can count to twelve as each animal prepares for the holiday:


Rat cleaned away the bad luck in one big sweep!

Ox shopped for two new outfits.

Tiger brought three kinds of flowers.


The simple text and vibrant illustrations in this book make it easy for little ones to follow along as the animals' preparations lead up to a tasty feast followed by a party with music and dancing!


The pages also feature the Chinese characters that correspond to each number highlighted on the page. Children will learn to recognize the characters as they read the book again and again, and the pronunciation guide will help them say the words out loud.


In the back of the book, each of the Chinese New Year traditions mentioned in the story is explained in further detail—from the customs of cleaning the house and wearing new clothes to hanging lanterns and making dumplings. (Description from Amazon)


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It's Chinese New Year, Curious George!

It's Chinese New Year, Curious George

Author: Maria Wen Adcock (@biculturalmama)

Illustrator: Rea Zhai


Everyone’s favorite curious little monkey celebrates Chinese New Year with his friend Mei in this playful rhyming tabbed board book.


Curious George joins his friend Mei and her family as they prepare for and celebrate Chinese New Year!


From cleaning house and finding red clothes to wear, to hanging decorations and enjoying a family feast, to fireworks and a dragon dance, George and readers will enjoy learning about many Chinese New Year traditions.


With a rhyming text, colorful illustrations, and sturdy tabbed pages for the littlest hands, this playful board book makes a great read for all fans of Curious George—those who celebrate Chinese New Year, and those who are learning about it for the first time! (Description from Amazon)


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Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year by Hannah Eliot

Author: Hannah Eliot

Illustrator: Alina Chau (@alinachau)


After the winter solstice each year, it’s time for a celebration with many names: Chinese New Year, Spring Festival, and Lunar New Year! With beautiful artwork by Chinese illustrator Alina Chau, this festive board book teaches readers that Lunar New Year invites us to spend time with family and friends, to light lanterns, and set off fireworks, dance with dragons, and to live the new year in harmony and happiness. (Description from Amazon)


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A Monster Named Nian

A Monster Named Nian by Gwen Sung

By: Gwen Sung (@culturetatertots)


Do you know about the mythical beast named Nian? He comes out once a year to wreak havoc! Learn how the villagers saved the day and how Lunar New Year traditions came to be! (Description from author website)


Get it from Culture Tatertots.



Welcome Tet with the Zodiac Animals

Welcome Tet with the Zodiac Animals

Author: Jessie Duong (@embebooks)

Illustrator: Feraichi (@feraichii)


This is a 30-page board book introduces the zodiac animals and their common personality traits. Each animal also shares their favorite Tết greeting to welcome the new year. Written in Vietnamese and English, this book will help you and your child brush up on Vietnamese - just in time for Tết. Purchase now to impress the elders and collect all the red envelopes (lì xì). (Description from author website)


Get it from Em be Books.



 

Do you know a fantastic book that would make a great addition to this list? I'd love to hear your recommendations! Please leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts. Thank you for helping make this list even better!



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