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My First Chinese New Year

My First Chinese New Year

My First Holiday

Karen Katz; illustrations by Karen Katz

Square Fish


Trade Paperback

Chinese New Year is a time of new beginnings. Follow one little girl as she learns how to welcome the coming year and experience all the festivities surrounding it. Karen Katz's warm and lively introduction to a special holiday will make even the youngest child want to start a Chinese New Year tradition!

Praise for My First Chinese New Year

“The tale radiates warmth and quietly builds up to the dramatic dragon dance and the traditional greeting of ‘Gung Hay Fat Choy!' The collage illustrations, cut from paper with colorful Asian designs, also include paint and other media to capture the joyful celebrants. This is a clear introduction to the holiday that young children will enjoy in one-on-one or group read-alouds.” —School Library Journal

“This one's a winner.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The simple text and colorful folkloric illustrations with vivid patterns make this a good book to share with young children.” —School Library Journal on My First Kwanzaa

“An ebullient tribute for families whose members may have come from a faraway place.” —Publishers Weekly on Over the Moon

“Katz's pencil-and-gouache pictures joyously convey the range of human pigmentation. Positive and useful.” —School Library Journal on The Colors of Us

“Bold illustrations celebrate diversity with a child's open-hearted sensibility and a mother's love.” —Kirkus Reviews on The Colors of Us


In the Press

Read the Kirkus Review of MY FIRST CHINESE NEW YEAR . A girl and her family celebrate the Chinese New Year in Katz's engaging offering. - Kirkus Reviews

Karen Katz introduces readers to the traditions and importance of this holiday in China with My First Chinese New Year. Red means good luck and happiness in China reads the text, as mother and chi - Publishers Weekly

Reviews from Goodreads

Karen Katz; illustrations by Karen Katz

Karen Katz has been an illustrator and graphic designer for many years. She has a special interest in folk art from around the world and has written and illustrated more than ten books for children, including Over the Moon, The Colors of Us, Counting Kisses, and My First Kwanzaa. Ms. Katz and her family divide their time between New York City and Woodstock, New York.

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Karen Katz

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