Gong Hei Fat Choy! Lunar New Year Reads for School-Age Kids

Gong hei fat choy! Xīnnián hǎo! Saehae bok mani badeuseyo and chúc mừng năm mới! There are so many ways to wish someone a happy Lunar New Year (the phrases above are in Cantonese, Mandarin Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese) and so many ways to celebrate it! One of those ways is to read about the holiday. Here are some great books about Lunar New Year in all its wonderful forms.

Do you want to start off with some of the basics? Lunar New Year is a great way to learn about the history of this holiday and all the ways it's honored throughout the world.

When Pacy Lin's mother tells her that this is the year to find herself, Pacy goes right out to look! Searching might not always go perfectly, but by the end of this joyful tale, you'll see that The Year of the Dog really is a very, very lucky one. 

Mindy Kim loves celebrating Korean Lunar New Year, but this is the first New Year after her mom's passing away, and things don't feel quite the same without her. She's tried to make traditional food and bring back some other old traditions but it's not going quite right. Can Mindy and her family learn to enjoy themselves for the New Year again? Find out in the heartwarming Mindy Kim and the Lunar New Year Parade!

The animals for Lunar New Year are based on the Chinese Zodiac. Have you ever wondered how that happened? In What the Rat Told Me, you can learn what happened when the Great Emperor of Heaven invited the animals to the Jade Mountain, and how the animals that came became the animals of the Zodiac...as told by a rat!

What will you do to celebrate this Lunar New Year?