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Celebrate the Lunar New Year!

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Chin, Oliver Clyde, 1969- author.
"The young rooster Ray befriends the girl Ying, as well as other animals of the Chinese lunar calendar, and demonstrates the qualities of a confident adventurer. Lists the birth years and characteristics of individuals born in the Chinese Year of the Rooster"-- Provided by publisher.

Chinn, Karen, 1959-
Sam must decide how to spend the lucky money he's received for Chinese New Year.

Cousins, Lucy, author, illustrator.
Spending Chinese New Year with her friend Tiger, Maisy learns about traditional symbols, shares a delicious cultural feast and exchanges lucky red hongbao envelopes before listening to a story about the holiday and staying up late to watch a fireworks display.

Eliot, Hannah, author.
Introduces Lunar New Year, describing the food, decorations, and activities of the holiday.

Gower, Catherine.
Long-Long sets off to market with his grandfather to make money for their Spring festival celebrations. When they meet trouble along the way he worries about disappointing his family as he wanders through the market's colorful New Year scenes.

Katz, Karen.
A girl and her family prepare for and celebrate Chinese New Year.

Kim, Aram, author, illustrator.
"From Korean American author-illustrator Aram Kim, Tomorrow is New Year's Day follows a little girl sharing the fun customs of Seollal--the Korean Lunar New Year--with her classmates. Seollal, the Korean Lunar New Year, is Mina's favorite day of the year. Mina can't wait to share the customs of Seollal with all of her friends at school. She will show her classmates her colorful hanbok, demonstrate how to do sebae, and then everyone will make tasty tteokguk in the cooking room. Yum! Her little brother may even join in on the fun... if he can find a way out of his bad mood. In this joyful book about sharing age-old cultural celebrations with new friends, Aram Kim has created a must-have book for the New Year's season. A glossary of Korean terms, with pronunciation guide, is included."--

LaMotte, Lily, author.
"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"-- Provided by publisher.

Lee, Jen Sookfong, author.
"In this festive, dual-language board book (English and Simplified Chinese), twelve animals race to see who will represent the Chinese zodiac."-- Provided by publisher.

Lee, Vickie, author.
"Using the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, this bright and appealing board book introduces the youngest of readers to the names of animals in both English and Chinese, using Chinese characters alongside their pinyin (romanized spelling)."--Publisher's description.

Liu, Dane, author.
Just before Chinese New Year, Dandan discovers that her family is moving to America, far away from her best friend Yueyue; before they leave Yueyue gives her a stack of red paper and a spool of string so she can share the art of paper cutting with Americans--and when Chinese New Year comes around again Dandan remembers Yueyue's gift and introduces her new friend Christina to this ancient art.

Mak, Kam.
A boy adjusts to life away from his home in Hong Kong, in the Chinatown of his new American city.

Moore, Katrina, author.
Daisy, a young Chinese American girl, is excited to be celebrating the Lunar New Year with her Yeh-Yeh in China, but at first she is too grumpy from lack of sleep to enjoy the activities he has planned. Includes recipes for fried Jiao Zi (dumplings) and Eight Treasure Rice.

Shea, Pegi Deitz.
A village of mice prepares for Tet, or Vietnamese New Year, as different numbers of mice give gifts, cook food, and celebrate in other traditional ways. Includes an afterword with facts about the holiday.

Sterling, Michelle, author.
Ren has always been too little to help make her favorite pineapple cakes for the Lunar New Year, but when her one-of-a-kind brother Charlie arrives for the festivities, with his help, she finally gets her chance. Includes recipe for pineapple cakes.

Thong, Roseanne, author.
A Chinese American girl provides rhyming descriptions of the great variety of colors she sees around her, from the red of a dragon, firecrackers, and lychees to the brown of her teddy bear.

Wallace, Adam, author.
A real, wily dragon winds through streets in China, eluding the traps set by a group of children during the Chinese New Year celebration.

Wang, Andrea, author.
"The legendary Nian monster has returned at Chinese New Year. Nian is intent on devouring Shanghai, starting with young Xingling! But Xingling is clever and thinks quickly to outwit him with Chinese New Year traditions"-- Provided by publisher.

Wang, Yage (College teacher), author.
"Zhao Di and her friends are excited to go out at night with their paper lanterns and celebrate Chinese New Year. Each holding a unique colorful lantern with a lit candle inside, they admire the breathtaking colors while doing their best to avoid the wind and the sneaky boys in the village. Every night, until the fifteenth day of New Year, Zhao Di and her friends take part in this fun tradition, experiencing the thrill of nighttime in their village. And then--it's time to smash the lanterns! In this cheerful book first published in China, readers are invited along with Zhao Di and her friends as they experience all the joy and excitement of this folk Chinese custom. Details about the paper lantern tradition are also included in an author's note at the end of the book."-- Google Books.

Wong, Janet S.
A family prepares to celebrate the Lunar New Year and looks forward to the good luck they hope it will bring.

Yim, Natasha.
One Chinese New Year, her mother sends Goldy Luck to the pandas next door with a plate of turnip cakes, but the pandas are out and disaster follows. Includes a recipe for turnip cakes and an explanation of Chinese New Year.

Yu, Li-Qiong, 1980-
Little Maomao's father works in faraway places and comes home just once a year, for Chinese New Year. At first Maomao barely recognizes him, but before long the family is happily making sticky rice balls, listening to firecrackers, and watching the dragon dance in the streets below. Papa gets a haircut, makes repairs to the house, and hides a lucky coin for Maomao to find. Which she does! But all too soon it is time for Papa to go away again.

J 398.2 DEM
A collection of fables about the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac.

Kimmel, Eric A.
J 398.2 KIM
Relates how the Jade Emperor chose twelve animals to represent the years in his calendar. Also discusses the Chinese calendar, zodiac, the qualities associated with each animal, and what animal rules the year in which the reader was born.

Loh-Hagan, Virginia, author.
J 398.2 LOH
An illustrated retelling for young readers of the Chinese folktale about a dragon that threatens a village each spring and Mei, the young girl who is destined to defeat him.

Orgel, Doris. 1929-
J 398.2 ORG
Willow's pet cat Mao relates how the Jade Emperor chose twelve animals to represent the years in the Chinese calendar and why there is no Year of the Cat. Includes end notes on the twelve-year lunar cycle and the Chinese zodiac animals.

Sellier, Marie.
J 398.2 SEL
A wonderful introduction for young readers to the Chinese zodiac adapted from a Chinese Buddhist legend dating from the Han dynasty (206 BC-220 AD).

Wang, Gabrielle, author.
J 398.2 WAN
With gorgeous illustrations based on Chinese painting techniques, a lively retelling of the legendary animals' race that led to the twelve signs on the Chinese Zodiac.

Corr, Christopher, author, illustrator.
J 398.2095 COR
Celebrate Chinese New Year and learn how every animal earned its place in the Chinese zodiac by taking part in the Great Race! Discover who will come first to win the ultimate prize, and find out why Cat will never forgive his friend Rat in this ancient folk tale that has been passed from generation to generation.

Crawford, Gregory.
J 133.5925 CRA
Includes an overview of the history of the Chinese zodiac (The Twelve Earthly Branches), a birth-year chart, and twelve folktales, each featuring one of the animals.

Huang, Al Chung-liang.
J 133.5925 HUA
Describes the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac with their strengths and weaknesses, and shows how to write their names in Chinese calligraphy.

Simonds, Nina.
J 394.26 SIM
Presents background information, related tales, and activities for celebrating five Chinese festivals--Chinese New Year, the Lantern Festival, Qing Ming, the Dragon Boat Festival, and the Moon Festival.

J 394.261 DEM
Examines the customs, traditions, foods, and lore associated with the celebration of Chinese New Year.

Dickmann, Nancy.
J 394.261 DIC
Introduces the Chinese New Year and describes some of the things people do to celebrate the holiday and to bring good luck in the coming year.

Hoyt-Goldsmith, Diane.
J 394.261 HOY
Depicts a San Francisco boy and his family preparing for and enjoying their celebration of the Chinese New Year, their most important holiday.

Lo, Rich, author, illustrator.
J 394.261 LO
This vibrant, simple, and highly graphic bilingual book is the perfect introduction to Chinese and English words for colors as it honors one of the biggest holidays around the world.

Pettiford, Rebecca, author.
J 394.261 PET
"This photo-illustrated book for beginning readers describes the holiday of Chinese New Year and the things people do to celebrate it. Includes picture glossary and index."-- Provided by publisher.

Pettiford, Rebecca.
J SP 394.261 PET
Introduces the holiday of Chinese New Year and describes how people celebrate it.

Sebra, Richard, 1984- author.
J 394.261 SEB
Presents an introduction to the Chinese New Year holiday and discusses its traditions, including family meals, remembering loved ones, decorating with the color red, and giving gifts.

Lee, Jen Sookfong, author.
J 394.261 LEE
"From its beginnings as a farming celebration marking the end of winter to its current role as a global party featuring good food, lots of gifts and public parades, Chinese New Year is a snapshot of Chinese culture. Award-winning author and broadcaster Jen Sookfong Lee recalls her childhood in Vancouver and weaves family stories into the history, traditions and evolution of Chinese New Year. Lavishly illustrated with color photographs throughout."-- Provided by publisher.

Stepanchuk, Carol.
J 394.2695 STE
This is a book about the celebration of Chinese festivals. Most of the Chinese festivals are based on the lunar calendar. It includes festivals such as the Chinese lunar New Year, Clear Brightness festival, Full-month red egg and ginger party, Dragon Boat festival and Moon festival.

McGee, Randel.
J 745.5941 MCG
"Explains the significance of Chinese New Year and how to make crafts out of paper"--Provided by publisher.