Chinese New Year books in English for Kids and where to buy them in China

Fantastic CNY Reads and Where to Find Them

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Last week, I featured Miss Panda Chinese’s post about Chinese Lunar New Year and culture books for kids. Some friends asked where they could purchase some of the books in the list, so I decided to seek out online shops that sold them. I am not affiliated with these websites, so I cannot ascertain the quality of these books. These could be, however, great additions to your library especially if your family likes learning about Chinese culture.

Below are the books that are available on some of China’s online shopping websites and brief descriptions of each book. If you would like to know the full summaries of the stories, visit the Miss Panda Chinese’s post here .

Preschoolers and Up

My First Chinese New Year by Karen Katz is the story of a young girl who experiences Chinese New Year for the first time! This picture book is available on Taobao.

Peppa’s Chinese New Year is about Peppa and her friends at her playgroup celebrating Chinese New Year together! This product is available on Dangdang, Taobao, and Jingdong.

Bringing in the New Year is a colorful book by Grace Lin is the story of a Chinese-American family preparing for the New Year. This child-friendly book is available on Dangdang.

The Pet Dragon by Christoph Niemann is a children’s story about a young girl who befriends a dragon and seeks him out when he mysteriously disappears. According to Amazon’s Review:

“By ingeniously integrating written Chinese characters into the illustrations as the story progresses, Christoph Niemann has created a book that is engrossing, unique, and memorable. The Pet Dragon is a playful introduction to the fascinating world of Chinese language and culture . . . and a terrific story to share with children everywhere.”

This children’s story is available on Taobao.

Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Morsel is a retelling of the Chinese folktale about the boy with the long name. This classic is available on Tmall and on Amazon China.

Grandma Panda’s Storybook by Mingmei Yip is a collection of Chinese fairytales and folktales that aims to introduce Chinese culture to children in a fun way. This book is available on Dangdang. Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas

The Panda and Their Chopsticks is a collection of classic animal stories that showcases the importance of good values. This book is available on Jingdong.

Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas by Natasha Yim is a fun retelling of Goldilocks with the same mishaps just in a Chinese New Year setting. This book is available on Taobao and soon at the Bookworm.

Chinese & English Nursery Rhymes is a collection of English nursery rhymes and their Chinese counterparts. This book by Faye-Lynn Wu is available on Dangdang.

Emma’s American Chinese New Year is the story of a young American girl who was adopted from China and how her family celebrates the holiday from her country of origin. This book is available on Dangdang.

Just for fun, here’s a Youtube clip I found of Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse (just the toys) watching a lion dance:

Grades Three and Up

The Year of the Dog is a novel by Grace Lin about a young girl who discovers that the Year of the Dog is the year she is supposed to discover herself. This book is currently available on Dangdang.

Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats is a collection of Chinese holiday tales accompanied by their respective activities and recipes. This book by Nina Simonds is available on Dangdang and on Taobao (where it’s cheaper!).

Ruby’s Wish by Shirin Yim is a book young feminists will love. It is the story of a young girl who dreams of going to college like all the other boys, instead of just being married of. This book is available on Taobao.

All About China is a very informative book for young children to help them understand China better. This collection of stories, songs, crafts and more by Allison Branscombe is available locally on Taobao.

The Runaway Wok by Ying Chang Compestine is the story of a young boy and his magical wok that saves their Chinese New Year. And, as should be expected of a book about a magical wok, there’s a free recipe at the end for everyone to try! available on Amazon China.

The Great Wall of Lucy Lu by Wendy Wang-long Shang is a short novel about a young girl’s expectations of a new life as a sixth grader are unexpectedly dashed by the arrival of an unexpected roommate! Is her year ruined? This book is available via Dangdang.

Unfortunately, I’ve discovered I’ve posted some books that won’t make it in time for Chinese New Year and have removed them. If you are still interested in those books, please let me know and I can send you the links.

Do you know where else in China these books are available? Let me know in the comments section below or you can e-mail me here. I’ll add your information!

Thank you for reading, and have a happy Chinese New Year!

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Where to buy English Children's Books about Chinese New Year in Beijing, China


  1. Thank you very much for the book recommendation. All the books you mentioned are good read for different age group. The book list you have seen on my blog is a list that I put together after reading them and talking with school teachers and librarians. I hope you and your readers enjoy them, too.

    1. Actually, thank you! Without your list I would have never known about half the books on that list, and now people are asking where (in China) we can buy them from, haha. I also discovered another set of books you might be interested in by Sarah Brennan (12 Calendar Tales), although I’m still doing a bit more research on that. Some of the books on your list sadly aren’t available here (and I think it’s pricier here, too!) Wish it were more accessible here, too!

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