Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the most important holidays in Chinese culture. At home or school, reading Chinese Mid-Autumn Moon Festival books is an easy way to celebrate! The best children’s books about Mid-Autumn Festival feature interesting Chinese traditions like lanterns, foods like mooncakes, and legends like the Jade Rabbit.
Since we’re raising bilingual children, we’re reading the best Mid-Autumn Festival books in Chinese and English. As your child learns about Chinese customs, consider what similarities you find with American Thanksgiving, Korean Chuseok books, and harvest moon in other cultures!
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This article was original published in September 2018 and has since been updated with new information.
What is Chinese Mid-Autumn Moon Festival 中秋节 / 中秋節?
In Chinese language, the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival translates to 中秋节 / 中秋節 (zhōng qiū jié ). Sometimes it’s also called the Mooncake Festival or Chinese Moon Festival.
中秋节 /中秋節 is a centuries-old Chinese celebration about the full moon and coming harvest. Families reunite and enjoy spherical fruits, devour mooncakes, and decorate the home with Chinese paper lanterns.
During this time of year, people share popular folktales about 嫦娥奔月 (Cháng’é ascending to the moon) and 玉兔捣药 / 玉兔搗藥 (Jade Rabbit making the elixir of immortality).
Since the Mid-Autumn Festival is based on the lunar calendar, it’s also a great time to learn about moon phases!
In 2024, Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival falls on Sunday, September 17th.
Best Mid-Autumn Moon Festival books in English
Check out the best Chinese Moon Festival books for English language learners!
Best Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival book for big kids
This fantastic book gives a kid-friendly overview of Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival history, folklore, and popular traditions.
For some hands-on fun, the book also includes a yummy mooncake recipe, lantern riddles, and a dice game. Last but not least, learn a few Chinese phrases related to the holiday!
Best Mid-Autumn Festival book about moon phases
This adorable book is wonderful for children to learn about the Chinese festival as well as the Lunar moon phases. Our favorite page is when Little Star eats the big mooncake bite by bite, leaving shapes of different moon phases!
Best Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival book for toddlers
This adorable picture book focuses on shapes that you can find during Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. The rhyming text is great for toddlers and preschoolers.
Best Mid-Autumn Festival picture book for little kids
With bright illustrations and simple language, this is a wonderful picture book for little kids! It gives a simple overview of Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival traditions.
Best Mid-Autumn Festival book with a boy protagonist
This beautiful picture book follows a little boy who desperately wants a red rabbit lantern. However, he first has to learn how to take care of responsibilities. While prioritizing his mother’s request to get important things from the market, he learns about Chinese culture and the legend of the Moon Festival.
Best Mid-Autumn Moon Festival books in Chinese
Here are the best Moon Festival in simplified Chinese and/or traditional Chinese.
Best Mid-Autumn Festival book about moon phases
Grace Lin’s bestselling Mid-Autumn Moon Festival book has been translated into Chinese! Little Star makes a big, delicious mooncake with her mother, but can she resist the temptation from eating it? The simplified edition is compatible with Luka Reading Robot.
Traditional Chinese with Zhuyin:
Recommended: Chinese Moon Songs and Mid-Autumn Festival Poems
Best Mid-Autumn Festival book about folklore
If you’re learning how to read Chinese, 中秋节之嫦娥奔月 is a great book for beginner readers! Learn about the poignant legend of Hou Yi and Chang’e, and how their love endured even when she was far away on the moon. The book is available in simplified Chinese with Pinyin. The back of the book has key words translated into English.
Best Mid-Autumn Moon Festival book about adoption
This poignant story is about a girl named 满月 (Full Moon) who loses her parents to illness. When her mother passes away, she promises they will reunite when the moon becomes full again, giving 满月 great hope.
满月 is cared for by the village grandfather until new parents adopt her. When the moon is full, 满月’s adoptive parents bring her to their new home and show her love that reminds her of her birth parents—full review of the 满月 book here.
Best Chinese Moon Festival book about family traditions
This wonderful features a devoted dad who takes charge with cooking and preparing for Chinese Mid Autumn Moon Festival. Each page shows the steps involve in making mooncakes. This book is available in simplified Chinese with Pinyin.
Best children’s books about the moon
For those who are curious about the big bright spot in the sky, check out the best moon stories for kids.
What are your favorite Chinese Moon Festival books?
We hope you can enjoy some of these Mid-Autumn Moon festival books! If you have other favorite books, please share in the comments below. We’d love to check them out.