In addition to the Chinese language, I am also learning about Chinese cultural traditions with my children. My family lives in a small American town, and my children have not experienced authentic celebrations of Chinese festivals and holidays. Other than Chinese New Year, Mid-Autumn Festival, and Dragon Boat Festival, I have trouble recalling the details of what memories my late parents shared during my childhood.
As with my upbringing, my children rarely see Asian people in our neighborhood. Therefore my mission has been to find media with people with Asian features, such as picture books. I am grateful the beautiful Chinese Festivals Stories Collection of 12 books 中国记忆(传统节日共12册)! Some of the illustrations in these books are very realistic, while others are a slightly cartoonish. However, all characters appear Asian, in contrast to the disproportionately large heads and eyes in most Chinese books! Not only does this set of 12 Chinese Festivals Stories Collection fit my goal, it’s a real visual treat! These books give a glimpse at what holidays are like on the other side of the world!
About the Chinese Festivals Stories Collection of 12 books 中国记忆(传统节日共12册)
- Title: Chinese Festivals Stories Collection of 12 books 中国记忆(传统节日共12册)
- 作者 (Author)：王早早
- Simplified Chinese / ISBN: 9787303155132
- Traditional Chinese / ISBN: 9789865811945
- Audio Narration in Mandarin Chinese: Free on Ximalaya here and here
Please note that the simplified Chinese version and traditional Chinese version are separate books by different publishers. If you’re looking for the traditional Chinese version, the cover images are slightly different. In addition, I think the traditional Chinese versions are hardcover while the simplified Chinese books are paperback as shown above.
Chinese Festivals Stories 中国记忆 Book titles
- Lantern Festival 中国记忆传统节日-元宵节
- Kitchen God’s Day 中国记忆传统节日-灶王节
- Dragon Boat Festival 中国记忆传统节日-端午节
- Chinese New Year 中国记忆传统节日-春节
- Beginning of Spring 中国记忆传统节日-立春节
- Ching Ming Festival 童年印象‧传统节日：清明节
- Dongzhi Festival 中国记忆传统节日-冬至节
- Qixi Festival 中国记忆传统节日-七夕节
- Double Ninth Festival 中国记忆传统节日-重阳节
- Laba Festival 中国记忆传统节日-腊八节
- Mid-Autumn Festival 中国记忆传统节日-中秋节
- Spring Dragon Festival 中国记忆传统节日-春龙节
Here is a quick peek at a few of the Chinese Festivals!
The historical details of each festival are described in storytelling form. Usually, a relative talks with the child and walks him or her through the various customs, activities, and food! The illustrations capture how the holidays are celebrated in China! To get a better sense of each story, please listen on Ximalaya here and here (two different narrators, see which on you prefer).
Lantern Festival 中国记忆传统节日-元宵节
Dragon Boat Festival 中国记忆传统节日-端午节
Dongzhi (Winter Solstice) Festival 中国记忆传统节日-冬至节
Chinese New Year / Spring Festival Book 中国记忆传统节日-春节
Mid-Autumn Festival Book 中国记忆传统节日-中秋节
There are many other Chinese Festivals not covered in this series. If you are interested in learning more, you can check out the 万年历黄历-蓝鹤日历经典版 app and follow the Lunar Calendar.
More information about Chinese Holidays
- Dragon Boat Festival YouTube Videos in Chinese & English
- 16 Mid-Autumn Festival Cultural Videos in Chinese and English
- 冬至 (Dōng Zhì / Winter Solstice) You Tube Videos
- More educational Chinese YouTube Videos
- For hands-on Chinese festival fun, learn how to make homemade playdough mooncakes with this easy, homemade recipe and tips here!
- To learn about other holidays in Chinese, check out these fun, hands-on activities!
Where to buy Chinese books for kids
For more Chinese book recommendations for kids, please visit and bookmark this link of our favorite books! Every week, I will be adding book reviews to this website!
If you’re wondering where to buy Chinese books for children, please click here for a list of the most popular online bookstores!
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