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Happy Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year is this Saturday, February 10th, and we are entering the Year of the Dragon.  I do not pretend to be an expert on the Chinese zodiac, but dragons are believed to be auspicious beings, meaning that the year they represent can be filled with changes, opportunities, and challenges.  This year, I have happily also noticed that it may also be filled with books, written in English for our customers, that delve into the Lunar New Year festitivies.  This post hopes to highlight a few. 

Chloe’s Lunar New Year by Lily LaMotte

Chloe’s Lunar New Year by Lily LaMotte

Chloe can’t wait to celebrate the new year; however, there is a lot to prepare!  Buying new shoes, decorating red envelopes, getting good luck oranges and, of COURSE, cooking a feast.  The celebration is fun, but being with family is the most important part.

Wish Soup by Jungwha Park

Wish Soup: A Celebration of Seollal by Jungwha Park

Sohee loves tteokguk, a Korean soup traditionally served only at the new year.  Each bowl is believed to make the person who eats it one year older.  Sohee cannot wait to be a “big girl,” and plans to eat many bowls.  The day, however, doesn’t go as Sohee plans.

Two New Years by Richard Ho

Two New Years by Richard Ho

Inspired by the author’s own family, two new years means twice as much fun.  This multicultural family celebrates Rosh Hashanah in the fall with challah, apples and honey, and a shofar.  Then Lunar New Year in the spring features dragon dances, lanterns, and dumplings.  While the trappings may be different, the love of family time is the same.

A Sweet New Year for Ren by Michelle Sterling

A Sweet New Year for Ren by Michelle Sterling

Ren loves preparing for Lunar New Year, but she’s always been too little to make her favorite—pineapple cake.  Will this year be the year she can help?  And yes…there is a recipe in the back.  Yum!

Friends are Friends, Forever by Dane Liu

Friends are Friends, Forever by Dane Liu

Dandan learns she and her family are moving to America right after celebrating Chinese New Year.  She and her best friend, Yueyue, celebrate the best they can, including making red paper snowflakes.  Yueyue gifts snowflake supplies to Dandan to bring to America…a move that is lonely until, one day, Dandan finds an American friend who also love the color red.  Snowflake-making instructions are included. 

Hopefully you can share these titles, and more, with your families.  Happy New Year!

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