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Best Wishes For a Prosperous New Year - Chinese Gong Xi Fa Cai- Learn how to write these four characters to make 
your banners to decorate your home.  Vertical banners are placed side by side in the front door to welcome guests and wish 
everyone a happy, healthy, wealthy New Year!

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A New Year's Reunion - Li Qiong Yu; Zhu Chen Liang (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763658816
Publication Date: 2011-10-31
Little Maomao's father works in faraway places and comes home just once a year, for Chinese New Year. At first Maomao barely recognizes him, but before long the family is happily making sticky rice balls, listening to firecrackers, and watching the dragon dance in the streets below. Papa gets a haircut, makes repairs to the house, and hides a lucky coin for Maomao to find. Which she does! But all too soon it is time for Papa to go away again

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Chinese New Year's Dragon - Rachel Sing; Shao Wei Liu (Illustrator)
ISBN: 978-1561452106
Publication Date: 1994-01-01

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The Dragon New Year - David Bouchard; Zhong-Yang Huang (Illustrator); David Bouchard
ISBN: 9781561452101
Publication Date: 1999-10-01
Frightened into sleeplessness by the noisy celebration of the Chinese New Year, a young girl takes comfort in her grandmotherÕs soothing story of a dragon, a motherÕs sorrow, and Buddha

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Chopsticks - Jon Berkeley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0375833099
Publication Date: 2005-12-27
A small mouse named Chopsticks who lives on a floating restaurant in China becomes friends with a carved wooden dragon who wants to fly

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D Is for Dragon Dance - Ying Chang Compestine; YongSheng Xuan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0823418871
Publication Date: 2005-11-01
Alphabetical celebration of the Chinese New Year, a boy and a girl prepare for the festivities of their family.

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The Day the Dragon Danced - Kay Haugaard; Carolyn Reed Barritt (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781885008305
Publication Date: 2004-10-01
An African American girl takes her grandmother to watch the Chinese New Year's parade where her father is a member of the dragon dance troupe

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The Squiggle - Carole Lexa Schaefer; Pierr Morgan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0517700476
Publication Date: 1996-11-12
As she walks to the park with her school class, a young girl finds a piece of string which her imagination turns into a dragon's tail, an acrobat, fireworks, a storm cloud, and more

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My Chinatown - Kam Mak (Illustrator); Mak
ISBN: 0060291907
Publication Date: 2001-12-04
A boy adjusts to life away from his home in Hong Kong, in the Chinatown of his new American city.

 

Asian American Chapter Books

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Bound - Donna Jo Napoli
ISBN: 0689861753
Publication Date: 2004-11-02
In a novel based on Chinese Cinderella tales, fourteen-year-old stepchild Xing-Xing endures a life of neglect and servitude, as her stepmother cruelly mutilates her own child's feet so that she alone might marry well

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Millicent Min, Girl Genius - Lisa Yee
ISBN: 0439425190
Publication Date: 2003-10-01
n a series of journal entries, eleven-year-old child prodigy Millicent Min records her struggles to learn to play volleyball, tutor her enemy, deal with her grandmother's departure, and make friends over the course of a tumultuous summer

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Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time - Lisa Yee
ISBN: 0439622476
Publication Date: 2005-10-01
After flunking sixth-grade English, basketball prodigy Stanford Wong must struggle to pass his summer-school class, keep his failure a secret from his friends, and satisy his academically demanding father

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Angelfish - Laurence Yep
ISBN: 0399230416
Publication Date: 2001-06-25
Robin, a young ballet dancer who is half Chinese and half white, works in a fish store for Mr. Tsow, a brusque Chinese man who accuses her of vein a half person and who harbors a bitter secret.

 

Asian American Lunar New Year Books!

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Chinatown - William Low (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0805042148
Publication Date: 1997-09-15
A boy and his grandmother wind their way through the streets of Chinatown, enjoying all the sights and smells of the Chinese New Year's Day

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New Clothes for New Year's Day - Hyun-Joo Bae (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781933605296
Publication Date: 2007-02-15
A young Korean girl describes the new clothes that she will be wearing to celebrate the new

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Long-Long's New Year - Catherine Gower; He Zhihong
ISBN: 0804836663
Publication Date: 2005-01-15
A little Chinese boy named Long-Long accompanies his grandfather into the city to sell cabbages in order to buy food and decorations for the New Year. Selling cabbages is harder than Long-Long expects, and he encounters many adventures before he finds a way to help his grandfather, and earn New Year's treats for his mother and little cousin. Includes a glossary of Chinese terms

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The Trip Back Home - Janet S. Wong; Bo Jia (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0152007849
Publication Date: 2000-09-01
A young girl and her mother travel to Korea to visit their extended fami

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The Year of the Sheep - Oliver Chin; Alina Chau (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781597021043
Publication Date: 2014-11-25
"The lamb Sydney befriends the shepherd girl Zhi, as well as other animals of the Chinese lunar calendar, and demonstrates the qualities of a kind heart. Lists the birth years and characteristics of individuals born in the Chinese Year of the Sheep"-- Provided by publisher.

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The Year of the Dog - Oliver Chin; Miah Alcorn (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1597020028
Publication Date: 2006-01-01
Born on New Year's Day of 2006 (the Year of the Dog), the puppy Daniel explores the world with his parents and the girl Lin, and learns how to become "man's best friend"

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The Year of the Dragon - Oliver Chin; Jennifer Wood (Artist)
ISBN: 9781597020282
Publication Date: 2012-01-03
Dominic the dragon befriends a boy named Bo as well as the other eleven animals of the Chinese lunar calendar and helps them enter the annual village boat race. Lists the birth years and characteristics of individuals born in the Chinese Year of the Dragon

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The Year of the Horse - Oliver Chin; Jennifer Wood (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781597020800
Publication Date: 2013-12-31
"Hannah the horse befriends a boy named Tom, as well as some other animals of the Chinese lunar calendar, and demonstrates the qualities of a brave spirit. Lists the birth years and characteristics of individuals born in the Chinese Year of the Horse"-- Provided by publisher.

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The Year of the Ox - Oliver Chin; Miah Alcorn (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781597020152
Publication Date: 2009-01-01
Olivia the ox learns what her best qualities really are when her friend Mei needs help as a flood threatens their village. Lists the birth years and characteristics of individuals born in the Chinese Year of the Ox

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The Year of the Rabbit - Oliver Clyde Chin; Justin Roth (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781597020237
Publication Date: 2010-11-30
Rosie the rabbit befriends a boy who leads her on a wild adventure with a tiger. Lists the birth years and characteristics of individuals born in the Chinese Year of the Rabbit

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The Year of the Rat - Oliver Clyde Chin; Miah Alcorn (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781597020114
Publication Date: 2008-01-01
Ralph the rat learns what his best qualities really are when his friend Bing needs help after a big bunch of balloons carries him away. Lists the birth years and characteristics of individuals born in the Chinese Year of the Rat

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The Year of the Snake - Oliver Chin (Editor); Jennifer Wood (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781597020381
Publication Date: 2012-11-27
Suzie the snake befriends a girl named Lily, as well as some other animals of the Chinese lunar calendar, and demonstrates the value of being resourceful. Lists the birth years and characteristics of individuals born in the Chinese Year of the Snake.

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The Year of the Tiger - Oliver Chin; Justin Roth (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781597020206
Publication Date: 2010-01-01
The adventures and misadventures of Teddy the tiger cub as he learns that "good manners make good neighbors." Lists the birth years and characteristics of individuals born in the Chinese Year of the Tiger

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Cat and Rat - Ed Young (Illustrator)
ISBN: 080502977X
Publication Date: 1995-09-15
Introduces the Chinese zodiac and relates how each of its twelve signs was named for an animal selected by the Jade Emperor

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The Dragon's Tale - Demi (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0805034463
Publication Date: 1996-10-15
A collection of fables about the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac

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The Rooster's Antlers - Eric A. Kimmel (Retold by); Yong-Sheng Xuan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0823413853
Publication Date: 1999-01-01
Relates how the Jade Emperor chose twelve animals to represent the years in his calendar. Also discusses the Chinese calendar, zodiac, the qualities associated with each animal, and what animal rules the year in which the reader was born

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Sam and the Lucky Money - Karen Chinn; Cornelius Van Wright (Illustrator); Ying-Hwa Hu (Illustrator)
ISBN: 188000013X
Publication Date: 1995-09-01
Sam must decide how to spend the lucky money he's received for Chinese New Year

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The Runaway Rice Cake - Ying Chang Compestine; Tungwai Chau (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0689829728
Publication Date: 2001-01-01
After chasing the special rice cake, Nian Gao, that their mother has made to celebrate the Chinese New Year, three poor brothers share it with an elderly woman and have their generosity richly rewarded

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The Runaway Wok - Sebastia Serra (Illustrator); Ying Chang Compestine
ISBN: 9780525420682
Publication Date: 2011-01-06
On Chinese New Year's Eve, a poor man who works for the richest businessman in Beijing sends his son to market to trade their last few eggs for a bag of rice, but instead he brings home an empty--but magic--wok that changes their fortunes forever. Includes information about Chinese New Year and a recipe for fried rice

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Happy, Happy Chinese New Year! - Demi
ISBN: 0375826424
Publication Date: 2003-11-11
Examines the customs, traditions, food, and lore associated with the celebration of Chinese New Year

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My First Chinese New Year - Karen Katz (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0805070761
Publication Date: 2005-01-03
A girl and her family prepare for and celebrate Chinese New Year.

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Ten Mice for Tet - Pegi Deitz Shea; Cynthia Weill; Ngoc Trang (Illustrator); Pham Viet Dinh (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0811834964
Publication Date: 2003-07-01
A village of mice prepares for Tet, or Vietnamese New Year, as different numbers of mice give gifts, cook food, and celebrate in other traditional ways. Includes an afterword with facts about the holiday.

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Cora Cooks Pancit - Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore; Kristi Valiant (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781885008350
Publication Date: 2014-05-01
When all her older siblings are away, Cora's mother finally lets her help make pancit, a Filipino noodle dish. Includes recipe for pancit

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Lakas and the Manilatown Fish (Si Lakas at Ang Isdang Manilatown) - Anthony D. Robles; Carl Angel (Illustrator); Eloisa D. de Jesus (Translator); Magdalena de Guzman (Translator); Children's Book Press Staff
ISBN: 0892391820
Publication Date: 2003-02-27
A boy, his father, and an increasing number of people rush through the streets of San Francisco's historic Filipino American neighborhood, Manilatown, in pursuit of a fish that can talk and jump and play.

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The Gift of the Crocodile - Judy Sierra; Reynold Ruffins (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0689821883
Publication Date: 2000-11-01
In this Indonesian version of the Cinderella story, a girl named Damura escapes her cruel stepmother and stepsister and marries a handsome prince with the help of Grandmother Crocodile

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The Wishing Tree - Roseanne Thong; Connie McLennan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1885008260
Publication Date: 2004-03-01
Ming's wishes at the tree on Lunar New Year with his grandmother always seemed to come true, but one year the tree does not help, and he alone must make peace with the loss of his grandmother and the spirit of the tree

 

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More Great Asian American Books

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Grandfather Counts - Andrea Cheng; Ange Zhang (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1584300108
Publication Date: 2000-10-01
When her maternal grandfather comes from China, Helen, who is biracial, develops a special bond with him despite their age and language differences

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Hush! - Minfong Ho; Holly Meade (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0531095002
Publication Date: 1996-03-01
A lullaby which asks animals such as a lizard, monkey, and water-buffalo to be quiet and not disturb the sleeping baby

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Nim and the War Effort - Milly Lee; Yangsook Choi (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0374355231
Publication Date: 1997-03-21
In her determination to prove that an American can win the contest for the war effort, Nim does something which leaves her Chinese grandfather both bewildered and proud

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Every Year on Your Birthday - Jane Dyer (Illustrator); Rose Lewis
ISBN: 9780316525527
Publication Date: 2007-05-01
Each year on the birthday of her adopted Chinese daughter, a mother recalls the moments they have shared, from the first toy to the friends left behind in China

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I Love You Like Crazy Cakes - Rose A. Lewis; Jane Dyer (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0316525383
Publication Date: 2000-09-01
A woman describes how she went to China to adopt a special baby girl. Based on the author's own experiences

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Uncle Peter's Amazing Chinese Wedding - Lenore Look; Yumi Heo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0689844581
Publication Date: 2006-01-01
A Chinese American girl describes the festivities surrounding her uncle's Chinese wedding and the customs behind each one

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Henry's First-Moon Birthday - Lenore Look; Yumi Heo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0689822944
Publication Date: 2001-04-01
A young girl helps her grandmother with preparations for the traditional Chinese celebration to welcome her new baby brother

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Fa Mulan - Robert D. San Souci; Jean Tseng (Illustrator); Mou-Sien Tseng (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0786803460
Publication Date: 1998-06-15
A retelling of the original Chinese poem in which a brave young girl masquerades as a boy and fights the Tartars in the Khan's army

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China's Bravest Girl - Charlie Chin (As told by); Tomie Arai (Illustrator); Wang Xing Chu (Translator)
ISBN: 0892391200
Publication Date: 1993-10-01
Legend of Hua Mu Lan who goes to war disguised as a man to save the family honor and becomes a great general

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Minji's Salon - Eun-hee Choung (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781933605678
Publication Date: 2008-03-01
While her mother is getting her own hair done, Minji tries out every step of the process on the dog, using the articles at hand--including ice cream for hair dye

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My Cat Copies Me - Yoon-duck Kwon (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781933605265
Publication Date: 2007-03-01
A little girl and her cat share a special bond as they explore the world

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My Name Is Yoon - Helen Recorvits; Gabi Swiatkowska (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0374351147
Publication Date: 2003-04-03
Disliking her name as written in English, Korean-born Yoon, or "shining wisdom," refers to herself as "cat," "bird," and "cupcake," as a way to feel more comfortable in her new school and new country.

 

Asian American Great Books!

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Halmoni's Day - Edna C. Bercaw; Robert Hunt (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0803724446
Publication Date: 2000-08-01
Jennifer, a Korean American, is worried that her grandmother, visiting from Korea, will embarrass her on her schoolÕs Grandparent's Day, but the event brings her understanding and acceptance

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Halmoni and the Picnic - Karen M. Dugan (Illustrator); Sook Nyul Choi; Karen Dugan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0395616263
Publication Date: 1993-09-27
A Korean American girl's third grade class helps her newly arrived grandmother feel more comfortable with her new life in the United States

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Ruby's Wish - Shirin Yim Bridges; Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0811834905
Publication Date: 2002-07-01
In China, at a time when few girls are taught to read or write, Ruby dreams of going to the university with her brothers and male cousins

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Julie Black Belt - Oliver Clyde Chin; Charlene Chua (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781597020091
Publication Date: 2008-09-01
Julie is inspired by her film idol to take Kung fu classes, but soon learns to value the art much more than the color of the belt she might wear

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Shanghai Messenger - Andrea Cheng; Ed Young (Illustrator); Ed Young
ISBN: 9781584302384
Publication Date: 2005-09-01
A free-verse novel about eleven-year-old Xiao Mei's visit with her extended family in China, where the Chinese-American girl finds many differences but also the similarities that bind a family together

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All the Way to Lhasa - Barbara Helen Berger (Illustrator); Barbara Berger
ISBN: 0399233873
Publication Date: 2002-09-30
A boy and his yak persevere along the difficult way to the holy city of Lhasa and succeed where others fail. (Based on a story told to the author by Lama Tharchin Rinpoche.)

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The Chinese Siamese Cat - Amy Tan; Gretchen Schields (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0027888355
Publication Date: 1994-09-01
Ming Miao tells her kittens about the antics of one of their ancestors, Sagwa of China, that produced the unusual markings they have had for thousands of years

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The Moon Lady - Amy Tan; Gretchen Schields (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0027888304
Publication Date: 1992-09-30
Nai-nai tells her granddaughters the story of her outing, as a seven-year-old girl in China, to see the Moon Lady and be granted a secret wish

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Sam and the Lucky Money - Karen Chinn; Cornelius Van Wright; Ying-Hwa Hu (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781880000533
Publication Date: 1995-09-01
Sam must decide how to spend the lucky money he's received for Chinese New Year

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The Runaway Wok - Sebastia Serra (Illustrator); Ying Chang Compestine
ISBN: 9780525420682
Publication Date: 2011-01-06
On Chinese New Year's Eve, a poor man who works for the richest businessman in Beijing sends his son to market to trade their last few eggs for a bag of rice, but instead he brings home an empty--but magic--wok that changes their fortunes forever. Includes information about Chinese New Year and a recipe for fried rice

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New Clothes for New Year's Day - Hyun-Joo Bae (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781933605296
Publication Date: 2007-02-15
A young Korean girl looks forward to her family's New Year's celebration and the fancy clothes she will be wearing to celebrate the Korean New Year.

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The Story of Chopsticks - Ying Chang Compestine; Yong-Sheng Xuan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0823415260
Publication Date: 2001-01-01
A humorous tale explaining how chopsticks may have been invented.

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My Chinatown - Kam Mak (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0060291915
Publication Date: 2001-12-04
A boy adjusts to life away from his home in Hong Kong, in the Chinatown of his new American city.

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Bee-Bim Bop! - Linda Sue Park; Ho Baek Lee (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0618265112
Publication Date: 2005-09-12
A little girl helps her mother prepare a favorite Korean dish for the family’s dinner.

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My Name Is Yoon - Helen Recorvits; Gabi Swiatkowska (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0374351147
Publication Date: 2003-04-03
Yoon hates her American name and longs to return to her home in Korea.

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Alvin Ho - Lenore Look; LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780375939143
Publication Date: 2008-07-08
The author of the popular Ruby Lu stories introduces a unique second grader who never speaks at school but plays action hero at home.

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Ruby Lu, Brave and True - Lenore Look; Anne Wilsdorf (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0689849079
Publication Date: 2004-03-01
Almost-eight-year-old" Ruby Lu spends time with her baby brother, goes to Chinese school, performs magic tricks and learns to drive, and has adventures with both old and new friends

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Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything - Lenore Look; Anne Wilsdorf (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780689864605
Publication Date: 2006-04-01
After Ruby Lu's deaf cousin, Flying Duck, and her parents come from China to live with her, Ruby finds life challenging as she adjusts to her new family, tries to mend her rocky relationship with her friend Emma, and faces various adventures in summer school

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Ruby Lu, Star of the Show - Lenore Look; Stef Choi (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781416917755
Publication Date: 2011-02-08
Ruby Lu's father loses his job on her first day of third grade, which causes many things in her life to change, and she is willing to do a lot to help out but giving up some things seems impossible

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A Time of Golden Dragons - Song Nan Zhang (Illustrator); Hao Yu Zhang
ISBN: 0887765068
Publication Date: 2000-09-01
Through the ages, the dragon has been an important symbol for the Chinese. A time of Golden Dragons is the most auspicious possible. In fascinating text and beautiful paintings, Song Nan and Hao Yu Zhang trace the dragon’s history. Perhaps inspired by giant crocodiles, the image of the dragon affects every aspect of life in China, including the marking of dragon years, the flying of dragon kites, and the eating of dragon cakes at dragon boat races.

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Auntie Yang's Great Soybean Picnic - Ginnie Lo; Beth Lo
ISBN: 9781600604423
Publication Date: 2012-04-01
"A Chinese American girl's Auntie Yang discovers soybeans-a favorite Chinese food-growing in Illinois, leading her family to a soybean picnic tradition that grows into an annual community event. Includes author's note and glossary"

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Apple Pie Fourth of July - Janet S. Wong; Margaret Chodos-Irvine (Illustrator)
ISBN: 015202543X
Publication Date: 2002-05-01
A Chinese American child fears that the food her parents are preparing to sell on the Fourth of July will not be eaten

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Bitter Dumplings - Jeanne M. Lee (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0374399662
Publication Date: 2002-04-04
After her father dies, a young Chinese woman struggles to survive and finds she has much in common with an old hunchbacked woman in her village

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Brothers - Yin; Chris K. Soentpiet
ISBN: 0399234063
Publication Date: 2006-09-07
Having arrived in San Francisco from China to work in his brother's store, Ming is lonely until an Irish boy befriends him

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Chang and the Bamboo Flute - Lesley Liu (Illustrator); Elizabeth Starr Hill; E. Hill
ISBN: 0374312389
Publication Date: 2002-10-25
Chang, a mute Chinese boy whose father uses cormorants to fish, becomes a hero when a heavy rain strands his father's fishing raft

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Chang's Paper Pony - Eleanor Coerr; Deborah Kogan Ray (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0060213299
Publication Date: 1988-07-20
In San Francisco during the 1850's gold rush, Chang, the son of Chinese immigrants, wants a pony but cannot afford one until his friend Big Pete finds a solution.

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Chin Yu Min and the Ginger Cat - Jennifer Armstrong; Mary GrandPré (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0517586576
Publication Date: 1993-02-16
Through her friendship with a ginger cat, a haughty Chinese widow learns to be humble and to provide for herself

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Chinatown - William Low (Illustrator); Cobalt Illustrations Studio Staff (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0805042148
Publication Date: 1997-09-15
A boy and his grandmother wind their way through the streets of Chinatown, enjoying all the sights and smells of the Chinese New Year's Day

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The Name Jar - Yangsook Choi (Illustrator)
ISBN: 037580613X
Publication Date: 2001-07-10
After Unhei moves from Korea to the United States, her new classmates help her decide what her name should be

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Peach Heaven - Yangsook Choi
ISBN: 0374357617
Publication Date: 2005-05-06
The Korean town where Yangsook lives is famous for wonderful peaches, but one year a heavy rainstorm threatens the crop.

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Nim and the War Effort - Milly Lee; Yangsook Choi (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0374355231
Publication Date: 1997-03-21
In her determination to prove that an American can win the contest for the war effort, Nim does something which leaves her Chinese grandfather both bewildered and proud

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Landed - Milly Lee; Yangsook Choi (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0374343144
Publication Date: 2006-02-21
After leaving his village in southeastern China, twelve-year-old Sun is held at Angel Island, San Francisco, before being released to join his father, a merchant living in the area. Includes historical notes

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The White Swan Express - Jean Davies Okimoto; Elaine M. Aoki; Meilo So (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0618164537
Publication Date: 2002-10-21
Across North America, people in four different homes prepare for a special trip to China, while four baby girls in China await their new adoptive parents.

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The Magic Paintbrush - Laurence Yep; Suling Wang (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0060282002
Publication Date: 2000-03-31
A magic paintbrush transports Steve and his elderly caretakers from their drab apartment in Chinatown to a world of adventures.

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The Year of the Monkey - Oliver Chin; Kenji Ono (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781597021180
Publication Date: 2015-12-15
2016 is the Year of the Monkey, the eleventh adventure in the popular annual series Tales from the Chinese Zodiac.

Max is the son of the legendary Monkey King. Succeeding at school is not easy, but luckily playing in the gym is! Can Max forge his own claim to fame?

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Ten Mice for Tet - Pegi Deitz Shea; Cynthia Weill; Ngoc Trang (Illustrator); Pham Viet Dinh (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0811834964
Publication Date: 2003-07-01
A village of mice prepares for Tet, or Vietnamese New Year, as different numbers of mice give gifts, cook food, and celebrate in other traditional ways. Includes an afterword with facts about the holiday.

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Alvin Ho - Lenore Look; LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780385369725
Publication Date: 2014-08-05
Fearful seven-year-old Alvin Ho goes on a trip to China with his family.

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A Letter to the King - Leong Va (Illustrator); James Anderson (Translator)
ISBN: 0060200707
Publication Date: 1991-10-01
When Ti Ying's father is put in prison, Ti Ying, his youngest daughter, is able to save him by writing and delivering a letter to the king

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Babies Can't Eat Kimchee! - Nancy Patz (Illustrator); Susan L. Roth
ISBN: 9781599900179
Publication Date: 2006-12-26
A baby sister must wait to grow up before doing big sister things, such as ballet dancing and eating spicy Korean food

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Bee-Bim Bop! - Linda Sue Park; Ho Baek Lee (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0618265112
Publication Date: 2005-09-12
A child, eager for a favorite meal, helps with the shopping, food preparation, and table setting

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Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream - Jenny Han; Julia Kuo (Artist)
ISBN: 9780316070386
Publication Date: 2011-01-04
Korean American fourth-grader Clara Lee longs to be Little Miss Apple Pie, and when her luck seems suddenly to change for the better, she overcomes her fear of public speaking and enters the competition

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Cooper's Lesson - Sun Yung Shin; Kim Cogan (Illustrator, Translator); Min Paek (Translator)
ISBN: 0892391936
Publication Date: 2004-01-16
When Cooper, a biracial Korean-American boy, feels uncomfortable trying to speak Korean in Mr. Lee's grocery, his bad behavior eventually leads to a change in his attitude

A Family in South Korea - Gwynneth Ashby
ISBN: 0822516756
Publication Date: 1987-09-01

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Good Fortune in a Wrapping Cloth - Joan Schoettler; Jessica Lanan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781885008404
Publication Date: 2011-03-01
When Ji-su's mother is chosen by the emperor to be a seamstress in his court, Ji- su vows to learn to sew the beautiful Korean bojagi, or wrapping cloths, just as well so that she will also be summoned to the palace and be reunited with her mother

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In the Moonlight Mist - Daniel San Souci; Eujin Kim Neilan (Illustrator); Boyds Mills Press Staff
ISBN: 1563977540
Publication Date: 1999-04-01
A good-hearted woodcutter finds a heavenly wife in this retelling of a Korean folk tale

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The Kite Fighters - Linda Sue Park
ISBN: 0395940419
Publication Date: 2000-03-20
In Korea in 1473, eleven-year-old Young-sup overcomes his rivalry with his older brother Kee-sup, who as the first-born son receives special treatment from their father, and combines his kite-flying skill with Kee-supÕs kite-making skill in an attempt to win the New Year kite-fighting competition

Korea - Karen Jacobsen
ISBN: 051601174X
Publication Date: 1989-11-01

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Lady Hahn and Her Seven Friends - George MacDonald; Yumi Heo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780805041279
Publication Date: 2012-04-10
A seamstress banishes her tools from her sewing box when she hears them boasting, but she discovers that she cannot do her work without them. Based on a Korean classical essay written in the late 1800s

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Land of Morning Calm - Soma Han (Illustrator); John Stickler
ISBN: 9781885008220
Publication Date: 2003-09-01
Introduces the culture and traditions of Korea, from ancient times to the present

Magic Spring - Nami Rhee
ISBN: 0399224203
Publication Date: 1993-05-26
An old man and his wife discover a fountain of youth and benefit from its magic, but the water has a different effect on their greedy neighbor

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Ling and Ting Share a Birthday - Grace Lin
ISBN: 9780316184052
Publication Date: 2013-09-10
"Identical twins Ling and Ting celebrate their birthday by sharing gifts and making wishes"-- Provided by publisher.

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Ling and Ting - Grace Lin
ISBN: 9780316024525
Publication Date: 2010-07-01
Ling and Ting are identical twins that people think are exactly the same, but time and again they prove to be different

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Ling and Ting: Twice As Silly - Grace Lin
ISBN: 9780316184021
Publication Date: 2014-11-11
"Identical twins Ling and Ting like to be silly, tell jokes, and laugh together"-- Provided by publisher.

Coffee Can Kid - Jan M. Czech
ISBN: 0613534190
Publication Date: 2002-01-01
Six-year-old Annie asks the father who adopted her to once more tell the story of how she came to America from Korea

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The Firekeeper's Son - Linda Sue Park; Julie Downing (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0618133372
Publication Date: 2004-03-22
In eighteenth-century Korea, after Sang-hee's father injures his ankle, Sang-hee attempts to take over the task of lighting the evening fire which signals to the palace that all is well. Includes historical notes.

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The Rabbit's Tail - Suzanne Crowder Han; Richard Wehrman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0805045805
Publication Date: 1999-03-15
Tiger is afraid of being eaten by a fearsome dried persimmon, but when Rabbit tries to convince him he is wrong, Rabbit loses his long tail

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Big Sister, Little Sister - LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780786851829
Publication Date: 2005-07-27
Big Sister always gets to do things first, but Little Sister can do things just as well.

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Dim Sum for Everyone! - Grace Lin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780385754880
Publication Date: 2014-09-09
A child describes the various little dishes of dim sum that she and her family enjoy on a visit to a restaurant in Chinatown.

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Fortune Cookie Fortunes - Grace Lin
ISBN: 9780375815218
Publication Date: 2004-05-11
After a young Chinese American girl opens fortune cookies with her family, she notices that the fortunes seem to come true. Includes brief notes on the history of the fortune cookie.

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The Seven Chinese Sisters - Kathy Tucker; Grace Lin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780807573099
Publication Date: 2003-01-01
When a dragon snatches the youngest of seven talented Chinese sisters, the other six come to her rescue.

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The Story about Ping - Marjorie Flack; Kurt Wiese (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780448421650
Publication Date: 2000-08-28
A little duck finds adventure on the Yangtze River when he is too late to board his master's houseboat one evening

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Red Is a Dragon - Roseanne Greenfield Thong; Grace Lin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780811864817
Publication Date: 2008-03-26
A Chinese American girl provides rhyming descriptions of the great variety of colors she sees around her, from the red of a dragon, firecrackers, and lychees to the brown of her teddy bear.

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At the Beach - Huy Voun Lee (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780805027686
Publication Date: 1994-05-15
A mother amuses her young son at the beach by drawing in the sand Chinese characters, many of which resemble the objects they stand for.

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Bitter Dumplings - Jeanne M. Lee (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780374399665
Publication Date: 2002-04-04
After her father dies, a young Chinese woman struggles to survive and finds she has much in common with an old hunchbacked woman in her village.

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Cat and Rat - Ed Young (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780805029772
Publication Date: 1995-09-15
Introduces the Chinese zodiac and relates how each of its twelve signs was named for an animal selected by the Jade Emperor.

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Celebrating Chinese New Year - Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith; Lawrence Migdale (Photographer)
ISBN: 9780823413935
Publication Date: 1998-09-01
Depicts a San Francisco boy and his family preparing for and enjoying their celebration of the Chinese New Year, their most important holiday.

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China's Bravest Girl - Charlie Chin (As told by); Tomie Arai (Illustrator); Wang Xing Chu (Translator)
ISBN: 9780892391202
Publication Date: 1993-10-01
The legend of Hua Mu Lan, who goes to war disguised as a man to save the family honor and becomes a great general.

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The Greatest Treasure - Demi (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780590313391
Publication Date: 1998-09-01
In this traditional Chinese tale, a poor man receives a treasure of gold and discovers the true value of simple pleasures.

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Lon Po Po - Ed Young (Illustrator, Translator)
ISBN: 9780399216190
Publication Date: 1989-11-01
Three sisters staying home alone are endangered by a hungry wolf who is disguised as their grandmother, but the eldest girl thinks up a clever plan to save her sisters and herself.

 

More Great Asian Books

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Blackbird Fly - Erin Entrada Kelly; Betsy Peterschmidt (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062238627
Publication Date: 2016-03-01
Twelve-year-old Apple grapples with being different from her classmates. She and her mother immigrated from the Philippines when she was little. Her mother still cooks Filipino foods and gives Apple a hard time for becoming “too American.” When her friendships become difficult, Apple turns to music and starts saving for a guitar. Acclaimed Blackbird Fly is a heartfelt story about family, friendship, identity and finding your own way.

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Project Mulberry - Linda Sue Park
ISBN: 9780440421634
Publication Date: 2007-01-23
Spunky Julia and her friend Patrick are trying to decide on a project for the country fair. Julia’s mother suggests they raise silkworms as she did years ago in Korea. Although all-American Julia finds that a little too ‘Korean’, they go ahead and soon realize that raising silkworms is a lot tougher than they thought. Project Mulberry is a fun story about prejudice, acceptance, and finding a good source of Mulberry leaves, framed by an entertaining dialogue between Julia and the author herself.

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The Thing about Luck - Cynthia Kadohata; Julia Kuo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781442474659
Publication Date: 2014-06-03
Kouun means “good luck” in Japanese, but this year 12-year old Summer’s family has none of it. With her parents away in Japan to care for relatives, Summer and her younger brother have to help their grandparents with the hard harvesting work. Award-winning The Thing about Luck is a gentle and sometimes funny exploration of family bonds and a young girl’s journey to self-actualization.

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Listen, Slowly - Thanhhà Lai
ISBN: 9780062229199
Publication Date: 2016-05-17
Instead of spending her holidays at the beach, Californian girl Mai has to accompany her grandmother to Vietnam. Her parents are hoping that the trip will connect their out-of-touch daughter with her roots, but Mai struggles with the foreign country and its culture. Bestselling Listen, Slowly is an irresistible and poignant story about the true meaning of home, culture, family and friends. The paperback edition includes a letter from the author, a Vietnamese glossary and a pronunciation guide.

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Inside Out and Back Again - Thanhhà Lai
ISBN: 9780061962790
Publication Date: 2013-01-02
Inside Out and Back Again is a New York Times bestseller, a Newbery Honor Book, and a winner of the National Book Award! Inspired by the author's childhood experience of fleeing Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon and immigrating to Alabama, this coming-of-age debut novel told in verse has been celebrated for its touching child's-eye view of family and immigration.

 

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Asian Lunar New Year Chapter Books

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Jewel of the East - Ann Hood; Karl Kwasny (Illustrator); Scott Altmann (Illustrator); Denis Zilber (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780448454696
Publication Date: 2012-05-01
"When Felix gets a crush on his friend Lily, who was adopted from China as a baby, he decides to try to take her back in time to learn more about China. After being caught by Maisie, the twins find themselves transported to a small village on the Yangtze River, leaving Lily behind in the present. In China, the twins meet Pearl Buck in the days just before the Boxer Rebellion. With bandits chasing them, they flee to safety in Shanghai. The twins return home to find their father and their Great Uncle Thorne at home and the Pickworth Family mystery deepens"-- Provided by publisher

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Dumpling Days - Grace Lin
ISBN: 9780316125901
Publication Date: 2012-01-02
When Pacy, her two sisters, and their parents go to Taiwan to celebrate GrandmaÕs sixtieth birthday, the girls learn a great deal about their heritage

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The Year of the Dog - Grace Lin
ISBN: 0316060003
Publication Date: 2005-12-20
Frustrated at her seeming lack of talent for anything, a young Taiwanese American girl sets out to apply the lessons of the Chinese Year of the Dog, those of making best friends and finding oneself, to her own life

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The Year of the Rat - Grace Lin
ISBN: 9780316114264
Publication Date: 2008-01-01
In the Chinese Year of the Rat, a young Taiwanese American girl faces many challenges: her best friend moves to California and a new boy comes to her school, she must find the courage to forge ahead with her dream of becoming a writer and illustrator, and she must learn to find the beauty in change.

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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon - Grace Lin
ISBN: 9780316114271
Publication Date: 2009-07-01
Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor village, buys a magical goldfish, and then joins a dragon who cannot fly on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon in hopes of bringing life to Fruitless Mountain and freshness to Jade River

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The Imp That Ate My Homework - Laurence Yep; Benrei Huang (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0060276886
Publication Date: 1998-01-01
Jim teams up with his grandfather, who is known as the meanest man in Chinatown, to defeat a powerful demon

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Spring Pearl - Laurence Yep; Kazuhiko Sano (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1584855959
Publication Date: 2002-10-01
Part of the Girls of Many Lands series, this colorful novel introduces the spirited 12-year old Chou Spring Pearl against the backdrop of Canton, China during the opium war of 1857.

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The Magic Paintbrush - Laurence Yep; Suling Wang (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0060281995
Publication Date: 2000-03-31
A magic paintbrush transports Steve and his elderly caretakers from their drab apartment in Chinatown to a world of adventures

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When the Circus Came to Town - Laurence Yep; Suling Wang (Illustrator)
ISBN: 006029325X
Publication Date: 2001-12-01
An Asian cook and a Chinese New Year celebration help a ten-year-old girl at a Montana stage coach station to regain her confidence after smallpox scars her face

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Filipino Children's Favorite Stories - Liana Romulo; Joanne De Leon
ISBN: 962593765X
Publication Date: 2000-09-01
"A collection of well-loved myths and tales from the Philippines. Many of the tales have been told by mothers to children over the centuries and cover classic childhood themes, such as the forces of good versus evil, children versus adults, the weak versus the strong, and others. While some of the stories have been retold and printed in many variations, others have never been published before"--Jacket

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Happy New Year, Julie - Megan Mcdonald; Susan McAliley (Illustrator); Robert Hunt (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1593692927
Publication Date: 2007-09-01
The first Christmas since Julie's parents divorce is difficult for the whole family, but Julie finds comfort sharing the Chinese New Year traditions of her best friend, Ivy Ling, and thinking about new beginnings

Tales from Gold Mountain - Paul Yee; Simon Ng (Illustrator)
ISBN: 002793621X
Publication Date: 1990-02-01
A collection of eight stories reflecting the gritty optimism of the Chinese who overcame prejudice and adversity to build a unique place for themselves in North America

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Honeysuckle House - Andrea Cheng
ISBN: 1886910995
Publication Date: 2004-04-28
Am all-American girl with Chinese ancestors and a new immigrant from China find little in common when they meet in their fourth grade classroom, but they are both missing their best friends and soon discover other connections

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The Year of the Book - Andrea Cheng; Abigail Halpin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780547684635
Publication Date: 2012-05-22
Follows a young Chinese American girl, as she navigates relationships with family, friends, and her fourth-grade classroom, and finds a true best friend.

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Only One Year - Andrea Cheng; Nicole Wong (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781600602528
Publication Date: 2013-04-01
Nine-year-old Sharon has conflicted feelings towards her copycat little sister and rambunctious toddler brother, who is sent to China for a year to live with relatives

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The Year of the Fortune Cookie - Andrea Cheng; Patrice Barton (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780544105195
Publication Date: 2014-05-06
Eleven-year-old Anna takes a trip to China and learns more about herself and her Chinese heritage.

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The Year of the Baby - Andrea Cheng; Patrice Barton (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780547910673
Publication Date: 2013-05-28
Fifth-grader Anna is concerned that her baby sister Kaylee, adopted from China three months ago, is not thriving so she and her best friends, Laura and Camille, create a science project that may save the da

 

Morel Fiction

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Kimchi and Calamari - Rose Kent
ISBN: 9780060837693
Publication Date: 2007-04-10
Adopted from Korea by Italian parents, fourteen-year-old Joseph Calderaro begins to make important self-discoveries about race and family after his social studies teacher assigns an essay on cultural heritage and tracing the past

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Lady of Ch'Iao Kuo - Kathryn Lasky; Laurence Yep
ISBN: 0439164834
Publication Date: 2001-09-01
In 531 A.D., a fifteen-year-old princess of Hsien tribe in southern China keeps a diary which describes her role as a liaison between her own people and the local Chinese colonists, in times of peace and war.

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In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson - Bette Bao Lord; Marc Simont (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780064401753
Publication Date: 2003-09-02
In 1947, a Chinese child comes to Brooklyn where she becomes Americanized at school, in her apartment building, and by her love for baseball.

 

Asian American Books

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Yang the Eldest and His Odd Jobs - Lensey Namioka; Kees De Kiefte (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0316590118
Publication Date: 2000-04-01
Fourth book in a series. Third Sister and her siblings try to help eldest Brother, the most talented musician in the Yang Family, find work to pay for a new violin.

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Yang the Second and Her Secret Admirers - Lensey Namioka; Kees De Kiefte (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0316597317
Publication Date: 1998-04-01
While her younger siblings have adopted many American customs since moving from China to Seattle, Yinglan Yang clings to her Chinese heritage, so her brother and sister hatch a plot to convert her to American culture.

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Yang the Third and Her Impossible Family - Lensey Namioka; Kees De Kiefte (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780440412311
Publication Date: 1996-07-01
Yingmei Yang is trying her best to learn how to "be American" so she can fit in her new family. She changed her name to Mary but her family can't seem to let go of their old Chinese customs.

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The Cook's Family - Laurence Yep
ISBN: 0399229078
Publication Date: 1998-02-23
As her parents' arguments become more frequent, Robin looks forwards to the visits that she and her grandmother make to Chinatown, where they pretend to be an elderly Cook's family, giving Robin new insights into her Chinese heritage.

The Rainbow People - Laurence Yep; David Wiesner (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0060267615
Publication Date: 1989-05-01
Twenty Chinese folktales passed on by word of mouth for generations, as told by the old timers, newly settled in the United States.

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The Great Wall of Lucy Wu - Wendy Wan-Long Shang
ISBN: 9780545162159
Publication Date: 2011-01-01
Eleven-year-old aspiring basketball star and interior designer Lucy Wu is excited about finally having her own bedroom, until she learns that her great-aunt is coming to visit and Lucy will have to share a room with her for several months, shattering her plans for a perfect sixth-grade year

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Step from Heaven - An Na
ISBN: 1886910588
Publication Date: 2001-03-27
A young Korean girl and her family find it difficult to learn English and adjust to life in America

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Thief of Hearts - Laurence Yep
ISBN: 006025341X
Publication Date: 1995-06-01
When Stacy is paired with a Chinese girl at school who is accused of theft, she must come to terms with her Chinese heritage.

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Child of the Owl - Laurence Yep
ISBN: 0808595822
Publication Date: 1991-02-01
A twelve-year-old girl who knows little about her Chinese heritage is sent to live with her grandmother in San Francisco's Chinatown

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Where the Steps Were - Andrea Cheng
ISBN: 9781932425888
Publication Date: 2008-03-01
Verse from the perspectives of five students in Miss D.Õs third grade class details the childrenÕs last year together before their inner city school is to be torn down

 

More Great Asian Books for Asian Lunar New Year

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The King's Secret - Carol Farley; Floyd Cooper (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780688127763
Publication Date: 2001-08-01
With the help of a scholar and a young gardener, the wise king of Korea introduces an alphabet that will enable his people to read and write in their own language. Based on Korean legends.

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In the Moonlight Mist - Daniel San Souci; Eujin Kim Neilan (Illustrator); Boyds Mills Press Staff
ISBN: 9781563977541
Publication Date: 1999-04-01
A good-hearted woodcutter finds a heavenly wife in this retelling of a Korean tale.

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Monkey King - Ed Young (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780060279196
Publication Date: 2001-02-20
In his journey to a more enlightened state, a monkey must end his trickery and understand that there is strength in admitting weakness. Based on a section of the Chinese epic,

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