Topic Books about China for Children KS1 & KS2

The Runaway Wok: A Chinese New Year Tale

by Ying Chang Compestine 

When a boy goes to buy food and comes home with an old wok instead, his parents despair. But then the wok rolls out of the poor family's house and returns from the rich man's home with a feast in tow!


Lin Yi's Lantern: A Moon Festival Tale by Brenda Williams

Lin Yis mother has sent him to the market to buy food for the Moon Festival, but what he really wants is a red rabbit lantern. Will he barter well enough to be able to buy one? With stunning illustrations and a gentle narrative, this story will have your children captivated.


The Magic Paintbrush

by Julia Donaldson

With her magic paintbrush, Shen can paint food to feed the hungry people in her village. But when the evil emperor hears of her gift, he commands Shen to paint gold for him. She is determined to paint only for the poor, but how can she match the emperor's mighty power?


The Great Race: The Story of the Chinese Zodiac by Emily Hiles

Fantastic illustrations tell the story of the Chinese Zodiac. As the new year approaches, each animal wants it to be named after them, but no one can agree. The Jade Emperor decides there should be a race to decide the winner, but who will win?

The Willow Pattern Story

by Allan Drummond

A retelling of the traditional story, designed to explain the landscape on willow pattern china, popular for the last 200 years. In this, two young Chinese lovers are punished by one's cruel mandarin father.


The Seven Chinese Sisters

by Kathy Tucker

Once there were seven sisters who lived together and took care of each other. After baby Seventh Sister is snatched by a hungry dragon, her loving sisters race to save her. In this delightful update of a classic Chinese folk tale, each sister uses her talent in a surprising way to rescue baby Seventh Sister.