I love books. LOVE BOOKS. You can find books in just about every room of my house. I’m not sure my husband appreciates my book obsession, but hopefully my children will. At least one day. I also love celebrating my Chinese children’s birth heritage. We have a lot of fun with Spring Festival. One of the ways we do that is with books.
I’ve added nine new books to our Chinese New Year/Spring Festival library, and I would definitely recommend all of them! I wish I had time to review them individually, but I will just say for now that they’re all great in their own ways. They all offer something different, and I love being able to give lots of variety to my children. We’ve had fun reading all of them, and I already have new ones on my list for next year.
I bought the first “Year of the …” book last year for 2014’s horse zodiac animal. It was cute, so I added 2015’s sheep, as well as Sunshine’s and Dumpling’s zodiac animals, the tiger and rabbit. Although they don’t teach about Spring Festival directly, the stories are cute, the illustrations are fun, and I think it’s sweet to add a new zodiac animal book each year. If you are looking for books that are more directly related to CNY though, I’d probably hold off on those purchases. The first four above would be great books to start a library – they tell New Year stories and have great illustrations. Below are the other favorite titles we have, all books I would also highly recommend. Xin nian kuai le!