Top 10 Books to Gift on Chinese New Year to Kids

 

The Chinese New Year falls on the first new moon between 21st of January to 20th of February every year. Depending on which day of the week the New Year starts on, the year is named after different animals. There are two-year cycles of the animal zodiac, along with ten heavenly stems that are associated with one of the five elements-wood, fire, earth, metal and water- every 60 years.

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 kids.

 

My First Chinese New Year

This book gives complete descriptions about the customs of the New Year’s Eve and explains to young toddlers why the customs are done and how they emerged. It is better for preschoolers or even little kids, who can enjoy the illustrations and also understand the simple text the book is written in. The kids understand the importance of the colour red, why the Chinese clean their houses and many other important historical myths and facts about the customs.

Read it For:
The text is easy to read, many young readers are bound to enjoy it.
Don't Read it For:
The story is slow to pick up. It might be boring for avid readers.
What makes this book stand out?:
Its beautiful illustrations and insightful description of the customs and practices of the festival.

Lanterns and Firecrackers: A Chinese New Year Story

The book talks about two siblings and their lives during the two-week festival of the year. They hang red lanterns, get money in red envelopes and clean their house of all the bad luck. The book has basic text and is excellent for young readers who want to learn about the festival.

Read it For:
Your kid will love this book if he/she is a preschooler or so.
Don't Read it For:
The stories might feel looped a little.
What makes this book stand out?:
Its simple descriptions of even the most complex or intricate of the Chinese practices

Celebrate Chinese New Year with the Fong Family

The book speaks about two families, the Fongs and the Sanchez. Nico Sanchez and his family are invited to the Fongs to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The book portrays Nico’s interest to photograph the festival, and the publishers present these pictures as yet another book in the ending. It is beautiful to know about the life of certain families during this spring festival.

Read it For:
The book is nothing short of a fairy tale written by the genius of a writer. The story makes your kids know the festival more
Don't Read it For:
The book may be boring for preschoolers or teenagers.
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.

Celebrating Chinese New Year

The book speaks about Ryan, a Chinese-American boy and weaves a tale of how his family spends the New Year. The preparations and the reasons for all the customs are beautifully detailed in the whole story. The book contains actual pictures, which will make it a good experience for young readers. There are a huge number of facts and vast knowledge about the Chinese festival.

Read it For:
It is more factual, making it appropriate for elementary school kids or older kids.
Don't Read it For:
Toddlers or preschoolers might find this book boring or out of their league.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book stands out for its beautiful pictures and it explains Chinese customs beautifully.
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Holidays around the World

This book also has lots of beautiful pictures which will be a great experience for the young readers. There are many facts about China and Chinese customs that will make the readers know the place better. Each picture is given a theme, and it is beautifully linked together to provide a cast knowledge about the traditions there and why they take place. The Chinese calendar is explained, why the years are named after animals and what is the link between the days of the week and the animals. It is a gratifying read, and your kid won’t put down the book until it is done.

Read it For:
The book is more for older kids like elementary school kids rather than preschoolers or toddlers.
Don't Read it For:
Preschoolers or younger kids might find it too descriptional or lengthy.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is a good book with many lovable aspects for little children.

Lucky New Year

The book revolves around Lenny and Lili. They learn to sweep the house, receive red envelopes as per the Chinese custom and hang the lanterns to drive away the famous dragon. The book has loads of illustrations to go with, and it will help your child better understand the customs and manners of the Chinese. It involves many descriptions of what little kids can do during the New Year.

Read it For:
The book is one of the best-selling Chinese New Yearbooks. It has a good quality of writing that is not too lengthy. It is best for preschoolers or toddlers.
Don't Read it For:
The novel might be too childish for elementary school graders. The pictures and descriptions are written in simple text following the two kids throughout the book and enabling their actions.
What makes this book stand out?:
One of the best books on the list of top 10 books on chinese new year, this book describes beautiful ways of the customs 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 a great gift for little kids.
Don't Read it For:
The story seems to drag on, and older kids 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.
Don't Read it For:
The book might be a little too childish for elementary school goers.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book details about the monster like none other published stories. It helps kids 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 Year books.
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 the kids engaged and excited throughout the book making it one of the best-selling Chinese new year books.

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.
Don't Read it For:
It is a work of fiction and might not be suitable for older children or for those who want to gain actual factual knowledge about the festival.
What makes this book stand out?:
Kids who miss their family during the New Year will feel a lot with this book and love it for ages.

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