Celebrating Chinese New Year with Classroom Books

With all the customs and celebrations surrounding the lunar new year for students to either share or learn, it’s a great time of year to bring more Chinese culture into your classroom. Here are some great fiction and nonfiction books with Chinese characters and subjects.

Newbery-Honor winning writer Laurence Yep’s “The Star Maker” is about a boy’s Chinese New Year adventure; Grace Lin’s “Starry River of the Sky” recalls her 2011 Newbery Honor winner “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon;” Gene Luen Yang, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, revitalizes a long-lost Asian comic book hero of the Golden Age in “The Shadow Hero.” And be sure not to miss middle reader books “The Counterfeit Family Tree of Vee Crawford-Wong,” “The Year of the Book,” and nonfiction titles “A Girl Named Faithful Plum” and “China: Land of Dragons and Empires.”

And if your school has a Chinese language program, Adams Book Co. also provides textbooks and workbooks including the popular “Integrated Chinese” series from Cheng & Tsui.

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