Our Favorite Lunar New Year Books and Activities

Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, is a vibrant and festive celebration enjoyed by millions around the world. It is a time to honor ancestors, welcome the arrival of spring, and gather with loved ones to share in joy and good fortune. To make your Lunar New Year even more special, we have curated a collection of our favorite books and activities that will engage and educate both children and adults alike.

1. “Dragon Dance: A Chinese New Year Lift-the-Flap Book” by Joan Holub

This interactive lift-the-flap book introduces children to the traditions and customs of Chinese New Year through colorful illustrations and lively text. Follow a family as they prepare for the New Year celebrations, learn about the significance of the dragon dance, red envelopes, and more.

2. “Bringing In the New Year” by Grace Lin

In this beautifully illustrated picture book, young readers will join a Chinese American family as they prepare for and celebrate Chinese New Year. From cleaning the house to making dumplings, every step of the preparations is depicted with warmth and cultural authenticity.

3. “The Nian Monster” by Andrea Wang

Discover the legend of the Nian monster, a mythical creature that terrorizes a small village during Chinese New Year. With bravery and clever thinking, a young girl named Xingling finds a way to outsmart the monster and save her community. This engaging story highlights the importance of courage and unity.

4. “Lion Dancer: Ernie Wan’s Chinese New Year” by Kate Waters

Through vivid photographs and simple, informative text, this book provides an insider’s look into the life of a lion dancer. Follow young Ernie Wan as he and his troupe prepare for performances during Chinese New Year, showcasing the skill and dedication required to embody the lion.

5. Make Your Own Chinese Lanterns

Gather your family and friends to create beautiful Chinese lanterns. Use colored paper, scissors, and glue to construct lanterns of various shapes and sizes. Hang them around your home to add a festive touch to your Lunar New Year celebrations.

6. Create Firework Paintings

Celebrate the vibrant fireworks displays that illuminate the sky during Lunar New Year by creating your own firework paintings. Use watercolors or acrylics to paint bursts of color on a black background, replicating the breathtaking effects of fireworks.

7. Learn to Play Mahjong

Mahjong is a traditional Chinese game played during Lunar New Year celebrations. Gather a group of friends or family members and learn the rules of this strategic tile game. Not only will you have fun, but you’ll also immerse yourself in a beloved Lunar New Year tradition.

These books and activities provide a wonderful opportunity to learn about and celebrate Lunar New Year with your loved ones. Whether you’re exploring Chinese culture through enchanting stories or engaging in hands-on crafts and games, you’re sure to create cherished memories and deepen your understanding of this vibrant holiday. Happy Lunar New Year!

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