It’s Chinese New Year, Curious George by Maria Wen Adcock, is a brand new book now available for pre-order, with a January 3, 2023 publishing date. The author is also known as the BilculturalMama, and she is a 30 Best Asian American Blogs and Websites Honoree. It is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, as well as Target. A tabbed board book, it will appeal to the youngest readers who might wonder about Chinese New Year. Do you know it is not the same thing as Lunar New Year? Our I. Reid has previously written about that celebration. All Asian countries do not have the exact same holidays, so it is good to know what Chinese New Year is really about. This beautifully written book rhymes and clearly explains.


I, for one, was always noticing the round, red lanterns in photos of the event, and just learned from this book the Lantern Festival is the last day of the new year’s observances. We are always learning, which I didn’t think was possible as a child, and “used to think” adults knew everything. At least we have books and the internet to keep us informed (and the children).

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!    

About the Author

Maria Wen Adcock is the author of “It’s Chinese New Year, Curious George” published by Clarion Books/Harper Collins. Maria is a first-generation Chinese-American writer from the Midwest who moved to New York to work in marketing at Time Inc. for magazines such as InStyle, Real Simple, and Entertainment Weekly. She founded the parenting blog and has appeared in The Dr. Oz Show, Bloomberg News, Newsday, and Huffington Post. She’s a board member of Multicultural Kid Blogs, an organization supporting diverse parenting bloggers, and co-host of the annual publishing event Multicultural Children’s Book Day. As an active SCBWI Long Island volunteer, Maria oversees its largest writing critique group and writes an author blogging series for its newsletters. She resides in Long Island with her husband and two children and works at the local library.

Maria Adcock is an award-winning multicultural parenting blogger. Her blog was selected as a “30 Best Asian American Blogs and Website” Honoree. Other accolades include “50 Parenting Blogs Worth Reading and Following” and a “NYC Parenting Bloggers of Tomorrow” winner. NY Metro Parents magazine named her site a “Best Parenting Blog,” and Bicultural Mama was a top 3 finalist in the Mommy Poppins “Best Social Media Mom” Long Island Bestie Awards contest.


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It-I-Chinese-New-Year-Curious-George-book-ed-resource-free_Page_04 comprehension questions

There is one comprehension work page with picture answers. Children will circle the image that answers the question. Download the PDF here:


A lucky start what is done to prepare for Chinese New Year

The Lucky Start work page is for children to identify what work is done before the New Year.

Which Zodiac animal are you work page

The Which Zodiac Animal Are You? work page is for children to identify their birth year and animal.

Find the character traits of Zodiac animals

This is a coloring page with text stating some of the personality traits of the different Zodiac animals.

Coloring clothing the luckiest color for the new year

On this page, children will color the clothing of the luckiest color for the New Year. This page will be all red so the very youngest learners may find success!

Fireworks fill the sky coloring page

Children are allowed to stay up late for fireworks during one evening of the Chinese New Year.

The Family Reunion dinner is part of Chinese New Year Observances

The family reunion dinner is part of the Chinese New Year festivities., the author, writes about such events on her blog.


For children who enjoy coloring complicated pages, this page is also included.


Thank you for reading! We know you will enjoy the book.

Maria Wen Adcock | Author of “It’s Chinese New Year, Curious George” 

Releases January 3, 2023 [Now Available for Preorder]

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