I’m excited to announce the cover reveal of my debut book It’s Chinese New Year, Curious George! Published by Clarion Books, an imprint of Harper Collins, It’s Chinese New Year, Curious George will be released on January 3, 2023.
It was such an exciting opportunity to write this book, as detailed in my announcement post on Bicultural Mama. Using both my personal experiences growing up in a Chinese household as well as conducting research, I wrote the book to teach children the traditions specific to celebrating the Chinese New Year.
I overlayed the story with the fun and mischievous personality of Curious George. The artist, Rea Zhai, illustrated in the style of H.A. Rey, the creator of Curious George.
The board book includes 7 tabs that feature 7 “short stories” about the holiday. Though some people may associate board books with books for babies with only a few words on a page, this book is different.
My story has over 570 words, which is typical of the other Curious George tabbed books about holidays. The ability to use more words allowed me to go more in-depth about the symbolism and meaning behind the Chinese New Year traditions. Given this, I think the reading level of this book would be appropriate for kids from newborn to elementary school ages.
Official Book Description
“Everyone’s favorite curious little monkey celebrates Chinese New Year with his friend Mei in this playful rhyming tabbed board book.
Curious George joins his friend Mei and her family as they prepare for and celebrate Chinese New Year!
From cleaning house and finding red clothes to wear, to hanging decorations and enjoying a family feast, to fireworks and a dragon dance, George and readers will enjoy learning about many Chinese New Year traditions.
With a rhyming text, colorful illustrations, and sturdy tabbed pages for the littlest hands, this playful board book makes a great read for all fans of Curious George—those who celebrate Chinese New Year, and those who are learning about it for the first time!”
How to Pre-order It’s Chinese New Year, Curious George
It’s Chinese New Year, Curious George is listed on the Harper Collins website along with links to both national and international booksellers. Anyone can pre-order this book. This means that if you order the book now you can lock in the price. And when the book launches on January 3, 2023, the retailer will send out the book immediately to fulfill your order. Here are links to some of the many retailers offering pre-ordering:
Special Pre-Order Promotion: Pre-order Price Guarantee! Order now and if the Amazon.com price decreases between your order time and the end of the day of the release date, you’ll receive the lowest price. Pre-order by clicking on the Amazon Shop Now image below or by clicking HERE.
Once you read the book, I’d love it if you could also leave an honest review. My understanding is that reviews are essential on Amazon for a book to be successful.
Barnes and Noble: Pre-Order HERE
Books-A-Million: Pre-Order HERE
Bookshop: Pre-Order HERE
Walmart: Pre-Order HERE
Independent brick-and-mortar bookstores will also likely carry this book as well as big box retailers.
If you have a Goodreads account, you can mark It’s Chinese New Year, Curious George as a “Want to Read” book (the green button as seen in the image below). And once you read it, if you could leave an honest review, that would be great!
Writing and getting books published has been a life-long journey. It’s been a dream of mine for many decades and has taken a lot of patience and hard work to come to fruition, and I’m so excited to announce this cover reveal.
Thank you to my immediate and extended families, personal and author friends, writing critique group, SCBWI Long Island, Editor Bethany Vinhateiro, and literary agent Lynnette Novak of The Seymour Agency for supporting and believing in me. To future readers of It’s Chinese New Year, Curious George, I hope you will enjoy the book!