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Orca HONOR through December 2023

Chinese New Year
A Celebration for Everyone
By (author): Jen Sookfong Lee
Jen Sookfong Lee


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Trade, Adhesive bound, Laminated cover
Paperback , Trade, Adhesive bound, Laminated cover


Juvenile: Age (years) 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) 4 - 7, Grade (US) 4 - 7, Reading age 9 - 12
Jan 19, 2021
Print Run: 8000
$12.95 CAD


9.5in x 7 x 0.25 in | 320 gr

Page Count:

88 pages


176 Halftones, color , 1 Index , 1 Glossary
FSC certified – mixed sources C106973
Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Other, Non-Religious
Children’s / Teenage general interest: Celebrations, holidays, festivals and special events|Interest age: from c 9 years|Chinese (Lunar) New Year
CCBC Best Books 2018, Commended BC Books for BC Schools 2021, Commended
  • Short Description
Part of the nonfiction Orca Origins series, Chinese New Year is illustrated with color photographs throughout. Readers will learn how a simple gathering of family and friends grew into a weeklong, worldwide festival.
Gung hay fat choy! Chinese New Year is a snapshot of Chinese culture.

From its beginnings as a farming celebration marking the end of winter to its current role as a global party featuring good food, lots of gifts and public parades, Chinese New Year is a snapshot of Chinese culture.

Award-winning author and broadcaster Jen Sookfong Lee recalls her childhood in Vancouver and weaves family stories into the history, traditions and evolution of Chinese New Year. Lavishly illustrated with color photographs throughout.

Key Selling Points

  • Chinese New Year offers a look at the origins, history and evolution of this dynamic holiday.
  • Jen Sookfong Lee shares her own experiences of Chinese New Year adding a personal touch to this incredible resource.
  • Chinese New Year includes recipes for traditional foods eaten around Chinese New Year.
  • Released in 2017, it is now available for the first time in paperback. It was recognized as a CCBC Best Book in 2018.
  • Jen Sookfong Lee's novel The Conjoined (ECW Press) was a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. She is also the author of the board book The Animals of Chinese New Year (Orca).
  • This book is part of the Orca Origins series that explores cultural celebrations throughout the world.
  • Chinese New Year is Feb. 12, 2021.

Jen Sookfong Lee was born and raised on Vancouver's East Side, and she now lives with her son in North Burnaby. Her books include The Conjoined, nominated for the International Dublin Literary Award and a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize; The Better Mother, a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award, The End of East, The Shadow List and Finding Home. Jen was a columnist for CBC Radio One's The Next Chapter for many years. She teaches at The Writer's Studio Online with Simon Fraser University, acquires and edits for ECW Press and co-hosts the literary podcast Can't Lit.

Marketing and Promotional Plans

  • Print and online advertising campaigns
  • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
  • Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
  • Blog and social media promotion
  • Outreach in Orca newsletters

"I highly recommend this very personal, yet informative book full of the enchanting stories and diverse peoples of Chinese New Year. A treasure for all generations, around the globe!" - Paul Yee, Governor General's Award–winning author of Ghost Train

"This wide-ranging, informative book describes the multi-faceted roots, history and evolution of Chinese New Year. Jen Sookfong Lee weaves together engaging personal anecdotes about family and food with fascinating facts about Chinese customs, traditions, and history, providing a window into a special event that over 20 percent of the world's population celebrates annually in 119 countries all over the world. Readers will enjoy the stories and photographs as much as the delicious recipes! Here's a book for the whole family to savour!" - Fiona Tinwei Lam, author of The Rainbow Rocket

"With cozy memories of her own childhood celebrations, Chinese-Canadian Lee successfully sets the tone—the text provides information, but it also acknowledges the very personal aspects of holidays and traditions…Lee capably conveys the diverse, dynamic nature of this holiday, from past to present to future. A thoughtful, thorough reference." - Kirkus Reviews

"Chinese New Year: A Celebration for Everyone provides a satisfying, well-rounded account of Chinese New Year…Readers will be attracted to the book as it offers a good balance between factual information about Chinese people's history and more experiential descriptions about Chinese culture and communal life…The book's numerous photos complement and enhance the text by providing a good visual reference which will be particularly useful for readers who have never visited China or who are unfamiliar with Chinese cultural traditions and history…A good resource for a social studies unit about Chinese or Asian culture…As a whole, Sookfong Lee's book is a welcome nonfiction addition to children's literature. Highly Recommended." - CM Magazine

"Chinese and non-Chinese individuals reminisce about how they celebrated the holiday growing up. Their uniquely personal stories make this book stand out…Kids who think they know about this holiday will be surprised at the new things they learn." - Booklist

"Jen Sookfong Lee's Chinese New Year: A Celebration for Everyone comes together as a semi-autobiographical book blending history, family traditions and recipes. Informative accounts of China's political and cultural past are intermixed with stories of the immigration experiences from different family members. Lee not only shares how family traditions were passed on to her but then passes on these same traditions to readers through recipes and childhood memories. The glossy photographs portraying cultural celebrations worldwide act as a colourful and vivid backdrop for the books message which is Chinese New Year is a celebration for everyone." - Resource Links

"[Readers] will find bright photos on every page, engaging personal stories, and informative sidebars." - School Library Journal

“Offers substantive information about the holiday and its celebration...Excellent color photographs and intimate personal anecdotes are highlights.” - The Horn Book Online

“A comprehensive and engaging go-to book for fans of the holiday as well as schools and libraries...There is something for everyone to get out of reading Chinese New Year.” - Good Reads with Ronna blog

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