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.


Chinese Fables

by Shiho S. Nunes

These fantastic tales share a sense of Chinese culture and myth as they express - with great humour and affection--the foibles and wisdom of human nature. And although the lessons they teach are universal, their wit and flavour are uniquely Chinese.


Dragon Dance: A Chinese New Year Lift-The-Flap Book

by Joan Holub

It's Chinese New Year and there are so many fun things to do! Shopping at the outdoor market, eating New Year's dinner, receiving red envelopes, and best of all-watching the spectacular Chinese New Year's parade! 

Living in Asia: China

by Annabelle Lynch

Welcome to China! In this book, young people tell you all about what makes their country special, from its great capital city, to the landscape, people, food and things to see and do. Clear, friendly text and big photos make this book a great starting point for learning about Chinese culture.

China by Anita Ganeri

This book takes you on a whistle-stop tour around this most incredible country. Explore its forests, rivers (including the mighty Yangtze), mountains and beaches, and meet some incredible wildlife along the way. Marvel at the vibrant street life, the amazing food and the diverse culture, and delve into the country's rich history.


Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas by Natasha Yim

In this retelling of 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears', a careless Goldy Luck wreaks havoc on the home of a family of panda bears. When Goldy takes responsibility for her actions, she makes a new friend (and a whole plate of turnip cakes!) just in time for Chinese New Year.

You Wouldn't Want to Work On the Great Wall of China!

by Jacqueline Morley

You're a farmer trying to support your family. But you disobey the Emperor's orders and sent to work on the Great Wall of China! Cartoon-style illustrations bring the characters to life, while informative captions explain processes & events.


Ruby's Chinese New Year

by Vicki Lee Y.

Ruby has a special card to give to her grandmother for Chinese New Year. But who will help her deliver it? Will it be clever Rat, strong Ox, or cautious Rabbit? Ruby meets each of the twelve zodiac animals on her journey.

A New Year's Resolution 

by Yu Li-Qiong

Little Maomao’s father works far from home, so his return for New Year is a cause for celebration. Together they enjoy firecrackers and make sticky rice balls – in one of which Maomao finds the lucky fortune coin! But after watching the dragon dance and playing snowballs, disaster strikes...where is the lucky coin? 

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