Ring in the Year of the Dragon on Lunar New Year!

By Kat La Mantia | January 4 2024 | AdultsChildren'sGeneralAllBlog

Dragon dances, plates of dumplings, and red paper lanterns help ring in the new year in many East Asian cultures as the lunar calendar ticks over to 2024 with the first new moon! Exact dates vary by region, but this year’s Chinese New Year begins on February 10, with fifteen days of celebrations culminating in the Lantern Festival. 2024 will be the year of the Wood Dragon in the Chinese zodiac, an auspicious sign promising growth and abundance.

Check out our favorite books for families celebrating Lunar New Year, including children’s books all about the traditions of this colorful holiday and cookbooks for making delicious new year foods like dumplings, longevity noodles, and sweet rice balls!

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Lunar New Year
A Celebration of Family and Fun
978-0-593-64946-6
Celebrate the Lunar New Year and learn about all of its traditions with this Big Golden Book!
$10.99 US
Nov 07, 2023
8-5/8 x 10-3/4
Hardcover
32 Pages
Golden Books
Age 2-5 years

The Woks of Life
Recipes to Know and Love from a Chinese American Family: A Cookbook
978-0-593-23389-4
The family behind the acclaimed blog The Woks of Life shares 100 of their favorite home-cooked and restaurant-style Chinese recipes.
$35.00 US
Nov 01, 2022
8 x 10
Hardcover
320 Pages
Clarkson Potter

The Night Before Lunar New Year
978-0-593-38421-3
Discover all the celebratory traditions surrounding Lunar New Year in this festive addition to the Night Before series.
$5.99 US
Dec 27, 2022
8 x 8
Paperback
32 Pages
Grosset & Dunlap
Age 4-6 years

Let's Make Dumplings!
A Comic Book Cookbook
978-1-9848-5875-7
An accessible and easy-to-follow comic book cookbook for bringing Asian dumplings into the home kitchen, with recipes for savory and sweet dumplings, dipping sauces, riffs, and more--from the authors of Let's Make Ramen!
$22.00 US
Jun 22, 2021
7 x 10
Paperback
208 Pages
Ten Speed Graphic

Chinese New Year Colors
978-0-8234-4751-0
Celebrate Lunar New Year with a rainbow of traditions in this bilingual board book!
$7.99 US
Dec 24, 2019
4-1/2 x 6
Board Book
26 Pages
Holiday House
Age 0-2 years

Korean American
Food That Tastes Like Home
978-0-593-23349-8
An homage to what it means to be Korean American with delectable recipes that explore how new culinary traditions can be forged to honor both your past and your present.
$32.50 US
Mar 29, 2022
8 x 10
Hardcover
288 Pages
Clarkson Potter

Baby's First Lunar New Year
DK
978-0-7440-9766-5
The bright and colorful images in this book are the perfect way to discover the Lunar New Year holiday traditions together.
$6.99 US
Jan 23, 2024
5-1/8 x 5-1/8
Board Book
14 Pages
DK Children
Age 0-3 years

Chinese Soul Food
A Friendly Guide for Homemade Dumplings, Stir-Fries, Soups, and More
978-1-63217-455-0
Chinese soul food is classic comfort food you can't resist, and in this cookbook you'll find 80 recipes for favorites you can easily make in your own kitchen any night of the week.
$24.95 US
Apr 26, 2022
8 x 9
Paperback
256 Pages
Sasquatch Books

Lunar New Year Mad Libs
World's Greatest Word Game
978-0-593-38392-6
Ring in the holiday with some ADJECTIVE firecrackers and COLOR envelopes, and celebrate Lunar New Year with your family, friends, and Mad Libs!
$4.99 US
Dec 21, 2021
5-1/4 x 8-3/8
Paperback
48 Pages
Mad Libs
Age 8-12 years

A Very Chinese Cookbook
100 Recipes from China and Not China (But Still Really Chinese)
978-1-954210-47-9
Named a Best Cookbook of 2023 by The New York Times and Serious EatsJames Beard Award winner Kevin Pang and his dad Jeffrey, hosts of the hit America’s Test Kitchen series Hunger Pangs, show you the way to delicious Chinese cooking in this accessible, funny, heartfelt cookbook.
$35.00 US
Oct 24, 2023
8-1/2 x 10
Hardcover
384 Pages
America's Test Kitchen