Year of the Dog Chinese New Year GIVEAWAYS!

Year of the Dog Chinese New Year GIVEAWAYS!

Chinese New Year is Friday, February 16, 2018 and it’s The Year of the Dog!

the Year of the Dog

You are born in the Year of the Dog if your birthday falls in these periods:

  • Jan.28,1922-Feb.15,1923
  • Feb.14,1934-Feb.3,1935
  • Feb.2,1946-Jan.21,1947
  • Feb.18,1958-Feb.7,1959
  • Feb.6,1970-Jan.26,1971
  • Jan.25,1982-Feb.12,1983
  • Feb.10,1994-Jan.30,1995
  • Jan.29,2006-Feb.17,2007
  • Feb.16,2018-Feb.4,2019
  • Feb.3,2030-Jan.22,2031
  • Jan.22,2042-Feb.9,2043
  • Feb.8,2054-Jan.27,2055

According to the Chinese Zodiac, people born in the Year of the Dog are usually independent, sincere, loyal and decisive according. They are not afraid of difficulties in daily life, and tend to have harmonious relationships.

To celebrate Chinese New Year, The Year of the Dog, I am giving away four picture books AND 2 sets of Chinese Red Envelopes. Please enter by using the Rafflecopter below.

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Year of the Dog Chinese New Year GIVEAWAYS!

The Nian Monster by Andrea Wang, illustrated by Alina Chau

The ancient legend of the Nian monster is the backstory to Chinese New Year and explains why this holiday is celebrated with the color red, loud noises and fire. XingLing knows about the Nian Monster but is shocked to see it appear in Shanghai, ready to devour her and her city. She uses her wits to outsmart iut. The special foods used to celebrate Chinese New Year also have a role to play in defeating the Nian monster. This is a charming picture book to read anytime of the year, but especially for Chinese New Year celebrations! [picture book, ages 4 and up]

The Bronze Dog: Stories of the Chinese Zodiac, A Story in English and Chinese by Li Jian

Once upon a time, at the foot of the mountains called Zhongnan in the Shaanxi Province of China, there were two brothers who lived alone and depended on each other. One day, the elder one dug out a bronze dog while tilling which made the brothers very happy, as they could sell it for money. But unexpectedly, the bronze dog suddenly got bigger and swallowed the elder brother. Having seen this, the younger one rushed to find a hammer, intending to smash the bronze dog to save his brother. In order not to be destroyed, the bronze dog promised to give the young boy three gifts which he wanted most. But he told the dog he would rather ask for nothing but his brother. The bronze dog was deeply moved by the love between the two brothers, so it spat the elder one out and magically turned into a real dog. Luckily, the brothers got a new companion, and all of them lived happily ever after. [picture book, ages 4 and up]

Home for Chinese New Year: A Story Told in Chinese and English by Wei Jie, illustrated by Xu Can

Jia Jun’s Dad worked out of town all year around. Now it’s time for him to come home. He took a train, bus, three-wheeled motorcycle, ferry-boat and even walked for many miles. He finally made it home and had a reunion dinner with his family on New Year’s Eve.

On his trip, as Jia Jun’s Dad was rushing to get home, he lost his apple, water, gloves and scarf, but he took very good care of his gift for his son.

During the holiday season, Jia Jun was extremely happy as he was with his Dad all the time. They set off firecrackers, put up couplets and even made snowmen. In a few days, Dad was ready to head back to work, but it was certain that Dad would be home again next year to celebrate the Chinese New Year with his family. [bilingual picture book, ages 4 and up]

Celebrating Chinese Festivals by Sammu Tang, illustrated by Wu Ying

Readers will experience many Chinese festivities together with Little Mei and her family as they celebrate:

  • Chinese New Year. Fireworks at midnight, lion dancing and visiting with family members.
  • The Lantern Festival. A parade of lanterns to celebrate the first full moon.
  • Qingming Festival. Paying respects to departed loved ones by sweeping and tending to their graves.
  • The Dragon Boat Festival. Eating zongzi and dragon boat racing.
  • Festival of the Cow Herder and the Weaving Maiden. A Romantic story of the origin of Chinese Valentine’s Day.
  • The Mid-autumn Festival. Families get together to make sweet mooncakes!
  • Double Ninth Festival. An autumn tradition where people climb mountains and drink a special tea to protect against danger, and visit elders to pay their respects.

The classic Chinese legends and poems in this colorful book will help children understand Chinese culture, and the recipes for tasty festival treats will delight those who love Chinese food.[picture book, ages 4 and up]

2 Sets of Chinese Red Envelopes by The Dumpling Mama

We are giving away two sets of these Chinese Red Envelopes, but she also has other cute designs like the pink chicken one!

The Dumpling Mama Chinese New Year Envelopes

I can only ship to U.S. addresses. Please leave a comment with your first, second, and third choice of prizes: The Nian MonsterThe Bronze DogHome for Chinese New Year,Celebrating Chinese Festivals, and Chinese Red Envelopes. Thank you!

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Year of the Dog Chinese New Year GIVEAWAYS!

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. gail woo

    Great books for my school library !

  2. John Smith

    My choices would be: 1st: Celebrating Chinese Festivals. 2nd: The Nian Monster. 3rd: The Bronze Dog. 4th: Home For Chinese Festivals. 5th: Chinese Red Envelopes.

    At the moment the rafflecopter widget seems to be down everywhere. With luck I’ll be able to look at it later!

  3. Celebrating Chinese Festivals, Home for Chinese Festivals and The Nian Monster in that order.

  4. Hooray for Year of the Dog, Mia!! Love seeing The Nian Monster here :). I am a dragon, but I’d rather be a dog ;)!!

  5. Jennifer Oliger

    I love the book Lion Dancer, Ernie Wong’s Chinese New Tear because it has photographs, so students can see how families celebrate.

  6. I was born in the Year of the Snake. I would love to read any of the books to learn more about Chinese Culture.

  7. Steph

    Great books! My choices would be, first The Bronze Dog, then Celebrating Chinese Festivals, and The Nian Monster.

  8. Lisa

    Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin is my go-to for sharing with younger audiences. Lion Dancer is wonderful to share real life photos for children to imagine themselves in a celebration. The Nian Monster is a newer classic-to-be in my library. I have not yet seen The Bronze Dog, but it sounds great!

  9. Mandy Henry

    Such an amazing giveaway. Thanks! Celebrating Chinese Festivals

  10. Jean Capuano

    Love all these Chinese New Year books! And in NYC , we now get off from school for this holiday! Yay!

  11. Malisa

    The prizes sound great! My first choice if we were to win would be “Celebrating Chinese Festivals.” Second choice would be “Home for Chinese New Year”. Third choice would be the cute red envelopes!

  12. Alyssa Annico

    These are wonderful! I would like 1. The Bronze Dog, 2. Celebrating Chinese Festivals, 3. The Nian Monster

  13. Bianca Munoz

    Chinese Red Envelopes.
    The Bronze Dog,
    The Nian Monster,
    Home for Chinese New Year,Celebrating Chinese Festivals
    Thank you!

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