Gung Hay Fat Choy is a Chinese New Year greeting meaning “Congratulations and best wishes” or “best wishes for prosperity,” which translates literally from the host “Good year” more common in the west.
Lunar New Year is approaching; the year of the Dragon starts Jan 23; so, to get ready, here are a few book suggestions to get you into the spirit.
A brand new book, The Runaway Wok , is about a boy who brings home from the market a wok, instead of the food he was supposed to buy. It turns out that it’s a magic wok!
One of my favorites, because of the art work, is Long Long’s New Year by Catherine Gower. The pictures are paintings on rice paper by the Chinese artist He Zheng.
One from a Korean perspective is New Clothes for New Year’s Day by Hyun-Joo Bae. A little girl gets dressed in her special new clothes on new year’s. (I also love the artwork in this one)
Ten Mice for Tet is a simple counting story about mice getting ready for New Year’s in Vietnam.
One of many stories about the Chinese Zodiac is The Great Race: the story of the Chinese Zodiac by Dawn Casey. The illustrator used collage and acrylic paints to make very colorful pictures.
The Pet Dragon: a story about adventure, friendship, and Chinese characters by Christoph Niemann is not about Lunar New Year, but it is a cute story which introduces some Chinese characters.
For more books to learn about the Lunar New Year check our catalog .