Today is 中秋节 (Zhōng qiū jié / Mid Autumn Festival, Moon Festival), the second most important festival of the year in China after Chinese New Year. 中秋节 is a centuries-old celebration of the full moon and coming harvest when families would reunite and enjoy spherical fruits and mooncakes and adorn their home with lanterns. To learn about the holiday, we have read folktales about 嫦娥奔月 (Cháng’é ascending to the moon) and 玉兔搗藥 (Jade Rabbit making the elixir of immortality). In addition, we are taking the opportunity to learn about the various moon phases through picture books. This post has a list of popular Mid-Autumn Festival books in Chinese and English. I have also added a couple of Chinese New Year books that share similarities with Mid-Autumn Festival customs
Here’s a peak at Mid-Autumn Festival books on display on our bookshelf! All of our books are in simplified Chinese and English, but some are available in traditional Chinese. I have included the ISBN and links to major bookstores if I was able to locate them. Please note that Taobao usually has the lowest book prices; if you cannot read Chinese, here is the How-To Guide for using TaobaoRing.
Mid-Autumn Festival books in Chinese
1.《中秋节 (Mid-Autumn Festival)》
Part of the 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
2.《中秋节 (Mid-Autumn Festival)》Interactive Lift-the-flap Book
See below video for storytelling on YouTube!
3.《满月 (Mǎnyuè / Full Moon)》
4.《中秋节之嫦娥奔月 (Zhōngqiū jié zhī cháng’é bēn yuè / The Moon Goddess Chang’e)》
Part of the Chinese Library Series – Pre-Intermediate Level Folktales. Please note that the accompanying CD did not work for us in a regular audio CD player because it was a VCD that required a computer CD player.
- 作者 (Author)：陈琦 (Carol Chen)
- Simplified Chinese with Pinyin & English / ISBN: 9787561936085
5.《中秋节 (Mid-Autumn Festival Book)》
Audio recording of 中国传统节日绘本 on Ximalaya: click here to listen
Part of the 中国传统节日绘本全套10册 Traditional Chinese Festival Set of 10 books
6.《中秋节 (Mid-Autumn Festival Book)》
Part of the Greenfield I Can Read Leveled Reader Series available in simplified and traditional Chinese with audio CD. Full review and shopping links here.
Picture books about the Moon in Chinese
1.《爸爸，我要月亮 (Bàba, Wǒ Yào Yuèliàng / Papa, Please Get The Moon For Me)》
Audio recording on Ximalaya: click here to listen.
- 作者 (Author): Eric Carle
- Simplified Chinese / ISBN: 9787533266721
- English / ISBN: 9780689829598
- Spanish / ISBN: 9781534413269
- Japanese / ISBN: 9784032371802
See below for storytelling on YouTube!
2.《月亮 (Yuèliàng / The Moon Book》
Part of the Gail Gibbon’s Children’s Encyclopedia Series
- 作者 (Author): Gail Gibbons
- Simplified Chinese / ISBN: 9787544745154
3.《月亮, 生日快乐 (Yuèliàng, shēngrì kuàilè / Happy Birthday, Moon)》
Audio recording of 月亮, 生日快乐 on Ximalaya: click here to listen.
Chinese New Year Books related to Mid-Autumn Festival
1.《团圆 (Tuányuán / Reunion)》
Audio recording of 团圆 on Ximalaya: click here to listen.
- Simplified Chinese / ISBN: 9787533255879
- Traditional Chinese / ISBN: 9789861612478
2.《打灯笼 (Dǎ dēnglóng / Playing With Lanterns)》
Storytelling on Tencent Video (Chinese video streaming channel): click here to view.
Mid-Autumn Festival Books in English
1. Thanking the Moon
- Author: Grace Lin
- English / ISBN: 9780375861017
2. The Moon Lady
- Author: Amy Tan
- English / ISBN: 9780689806162
3. Celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival
- Author: Sanmu Yang
- English / ISBN: 9781602209695
What are your favorite Mid-Autumn Festival books?
I hope you can enjoy these recommended books with your family! Are there any others that we should add to our collection?
To learn more about 中秋节 (Zhōng qiū jié / Mid Autumn Festival, Moon Festival), please check out 15+ YouTube Videos about the important Chinese holiday!
For hands-on, festival fun, learn how to make homemade playdough mooncakes with the 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
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中秋节快乐 (Zhōngqiū jié kuàilè / Happy Mid-Autumn Festival)!