Fall 2023

The Lunar New Year Surprise

From the Series Holidays in Our Home

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

“It’s the first day of the Lunar New Year—the biggest, yummiest, NOISIEST celebration of the year!” During the festivities, can Gege find the perfect moment to present his handcrafted surprise to his little sister?

Children will learn what makes the Lunar New Year special, from the preparation responsibilities, to the celebratory new moon signifying the first day of the holiday, and the festivities that continue in the following weeks.

Whether rice balls for family togetherness, spring rolls for a fresh start, or noodles for long life and happiness, this tale has a foodie focus and shows why Lunar New Year is the yummiest celebration of the year, too.

Jade Wang and Tammy Do join together to represent their respective cultures as Lunar New Year, or the Spring Festival, is celebrated around the world and in various Asian countries.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Picture Books, Social Studies
Category Diverse Books: Celebrating Differences , Diverse Books: #OwnVoices, Diversity, Holidays
Copyright 2023
Publisher Soaring Kite Books
Imprint Soaring Kite Books
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2023-11-07
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV017080, JUV013070, JUV011020
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 8 x 10
Guided Reading Level M
Features Activities, Author/Illustrator biography, and Reviewed

Author: Jade Wang

Jade Wang is a speech pathologist and a bilingual English and Mandarin-Chinese author. When Jade is not indulging in her writing, she enjoys crocheting, art-making, and playing with her daughter.

Illustrator: Tammy Do

Tammy Do is a Vietnamese illustrator who embraces her culture by using bright and vibrant colors. Through illustration, Tammy frees her inner child, letting herself wander through places and stories.


School Library Journal

“Recommended for larger collections or those that need books about Lunar New Year.”—School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly

“Wang details traditional Spring Festival customs and their meanings, portrayed in Do’s festive illustrations . . . . Back matter includes more about Lunar New Year dishes globally and a zodiac animal guide.”—Publishers Weekly