Lion Dancer: Ernie Wan’s Chinese New Year by Kate Waters and Madeline Slovenz-Low. 1990. This is a story of a young boy’s conquering his fears in his first public dance under a lion’s head in New York City. The story is told with color photos and remains a classroom favorite. It has been featured in the PBS television series, Reading Rainbow. Grades 1-3.
New Year by Rich Lo 2016. An immigrant Chinese boy introduces his classmates to aspects of the New Year when asked to provide decorations for the classroom. It is based on the author’s own difficult experiences adjusting to Los Angeles. His family makes dragon boat dumplings in their New Year celebration. Grades 2-4
Dragon Parade: A Chinese New Year Story by Steven A. Chin, 1993. This tells of the first New Year parade in America in 1851 and includes a good explanation of why people left China and the life of a Chinatown in America. The illustrations are excellent and show the historical dress, stores, and customs of the period. This book is highly recommended because of the historical dimension of the celebration. Grades 4-5
Exploring Chinatown: A Children's Guide to Chinese Culture by Carol Stepanchuk with Leland Wong, Illustrator 2003. This book is about many aspects of a Chinatown community, with some good information about Lunar New Year, stores, religious practices, and Lion Dances. The excellent drawings show an intimate knowledge of the community in which the illustrator was raised. Grades 4-8.
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