Top 10 Books to Gift to Book Lovers on Chinese New Year

 

The Chinese New Year is a public holiday which is usually between 21st of January to 20th of February every year. The years are named after animals which rotate every 12 years along with the yin and yang, and the five elements which are an also formed into a loop every 60 years or so.

The Chinese myth says that there used to be a dragon called Nian, who used to eat all the villagers and this, went on up to the point that the villages decided to go into hiding. This was when an old man tackled the beast with red paper and firecrackers. The villagers soon learnt that the beast was scared of the colour red and loud noise, so the villagers wore red clothes, hung red lanterns and red spring scrolls during the New Year.

The Chinese New Year is a public holiday in many countries with a considerable Chinese population. It is one of the most prominent festivals and is also called the Spring Festival. The Chinese families have their annual get-together and clean their houses of any “bad luck”. The list of books we made will be a good Chinese New Year gift to book lovers.

 

Chinese New Year

This book gives beautiful descriptions about the customs of the New Year’s Eve and how the spring festival has become a globally recognized event. The author reminisces her childhood and her family history along with the evolution of the Chinese New Year. The festive parades, the beautiful dancing dragons are all portrayed in this recollection and memoir of Chinese history. It is a must read for all book lovers who want to know more about the Chinese New Year.

Read it For:
The text is easy to read, many young readers are bound to enjoy it. The book is a simply worded masterpiece to give an insight of the wonders of the festival.
Don't Read it For:
The book is a memoir and is interlinked with the author’s own family history. Many might find this book fictional and devoid of much factual information about the festival.
What makes this book stand out?:
Its beautiful illustrations and insightful description of the customs and practices of the festival.

The Year of the Dog

The book revolves around a young girl Pacy and her experience during the Year of the Dog. Her mom inspires her about the year, and Pacy sets out into her usual life, learning and struggling along the way. The book will be appreciated by many book lovers for its beautiful storytelling and the way a work of fiction is so characteristically written to speak about the beautiful festival.

Read it For:
It is a simple story with beautiful characters weaved into a soothing experience.
Don't Read it For:
It is a work of fiction and does not give much detail about the history and the customs of the festival.
What makes this book stand out?:
Its simple descriptions of even the most complex or intricate of the Chinese practices

Lion Dancer

Ernie Wan is dancing the lion dance for the first time, and this book takes us along with him in his new and fascinating adventure. This will be a good book to read during the spring festival, understanding all the new customs and practices of the Chinese festival. It is non-fiction about this cute little boy, loaded with lots of pictures to help us know about the festival and its happenings.

Read it For:
The book reveals to readers about the festival and its practices. It gives us a detailed description of the author and the little boy’s journey.
Don't Read it For:
The book may be boring for some avid readers who want a fast-paced non-descriptive reading.
What makes this book stand out?:
The work is beautifully illustrated and the pictures accompanied by the writing makes it one of the best books to gift on Chinese New Year.

The Year of the Rat

The book follows Pacy into the next year, where she deals with more struggles. Her best friend, Melody moves away to California and Pacy will have to learn to forge her own path and struggle to make her dream of becoming an illustrator come true. Coming from the author’s own childhood tales, the book speaks about prejudice, Chinese customs and a simple girl’s adventures.

Read it For:
It is a good read which takes us into the exciting and relatable life of our beloved primary character, Pacy.
Don't Read it For:
For readers who did not like or read the first book, this sequel might not be for you.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book stands out for its simple story written so intelligently and the writing that has taken the hearts of many readers.
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Crouching Tiger

The book follows a Chinese-American boy Vinson and his adventures during his Chinese grandfather’s visit. It is a beautiful story about how the boy learns about the meditative techniques of tai chi, overcomes his initial hesitation towards the Chinese culture and reconciles how cool his heritage is towards the end of the book. It is a deeply relatable book which will leave the readers in love with the characters and the story.

Read it For:
The book is a beautiful rendition of how a boy goes from despising and distrusting his culture to loving it for what it is.
Don't Read it For:
It is a work of fiction and might not be for readers looking for vast knowledge about the culture.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is a good book with many lovable aspects for bookworms and history enthusiasts.

A Gift

Amy’s aunt and uncle live in China, and they send her a gift for the Chinese New Year because they cannot visit. The book talks about how a family’s love works for a niece. The book talks about familial love and revolves around the surprise for Amy during the New Year.

Read it For:
The book is one of the best-selling Chinese New Year books. It has a good quality of writing that is not too lengthy.
Don't Read it For:
The descriptions are written in simple text following the surprise gift and the family history.
What makes this book stand out?:
The beautiful way the customs are laid out in simple details that even little kids are engaged and can follow the customs.

The Dancing Dragon

The book is simply beautiful and details how the Chinese families celebrate their most important festival. The writer weaves a beautiful tale about how the story of the dragon started, why the families hang red lanterns or wear red clothes and why they clean their house. The book follows the families on their two-week experience and traces out all the highlights, describes all the wonderful fireworks in its pages.

Read it For:
The book is one of the top 10 books on Chinese New Year and would make for a great gift for teens and kids.
Don't Read it For:
The story seems to drag on, and young adults might find it a little too childish.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is shaped uniquely which will make the kids treasure the book and make it nostalgic in their years to come.

The Nian Monster

This book describes the Nian monster and his oncoming every Chinese New Year. The book details the monster and how he looks, why he scares people. It is a fictional illustration beautifully crafted to tell the story of Xingling, who works to drive the monster away. The book tells us of the significance of the colour red and makes it an exciting read for young readers who want to know more about the festival.

Read it For:
The book is exciting and engaging to read for young readers. It is also for adults want to know about the tradition and history of the Chinese festival.
Don't Read it For:
The book might be a little long for some, but it is a must read for all book lovers.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book details about the monster like none other published stories. It helps readers understand the monster in reality.

The Day the Dragon Danced

The book revolves around Sugar and her visit during the Chinese festival. Her grandmother is very sceptical of the festival and its customs, and with her dad dancing the dragon dance this year, Sugar is very enthused about her magical evening. The book is wonderfully illustrated and leaves little kids spell-bound with its vast knowledge and beautiful story. This is a work of fiction of how Sugar saves the New Year, much like the monk who drove away from the dragon so many years ago.

Read it For:
The impressive storytelling skills need to be noticed, and the illustrations are by far the most beautiful in Chinese New Yearbooks. The story is for adults and kids both.
Don't Read it For:
The story is a work of fiction and does not give any detailed explanations of the customs of the history of the festival.
What makes this book stand out?:
The beautiful illustrations will keep kids engaged and excited throughout the book, it will also be a pleasant read for adults who want to know more about the festival.

A New Year’s Reunion

The book is a beautiful description of how the kids feel during the spring festival. The customs and traditions of the festival are intricately detailed such that every kid feels with the book and its characters. Maomao is a little girl whose father works all around the year and does not stay at home. He comes home every year only for the Chinese New Year, and this book describes the family during one such visit.

Read it For:
The book is beautifully crafted to make young readers feel with Maomao and understand the customs and practices of China. It can also be read by adults or any bookworms. It is an important book for any person who considers themselves a book lover.
Don't Read it For:
It is a work of fiction and might not be suitable for those who want to gain actual factual knowledge about the festival.
What makes this book stand out?:
Readers who miss their family during the New Year will feel a lot with this book and love it for ages.

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