52. List of Chinese-Themed Books for Kids and Teens – by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre, in Toronto, offers a selection of helpful themed lists of books on its website (thank you, CCBC!) including a List of Chinese-Themed Books for Kids and Teens (look under Resources). These books were published between 1989 and 2013, suggesting that the list was compiled in 2013/2014. If you can add any titles to this list, please leave a comment below.

There are 58 books on the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s List, arranged in alphabetical order of titles, the first book being

Awakening the Dragon: The Dragon Boat Festival // Written by Arlene Chan // Illustrated by Song Nan Zhang // Tundra Books, 2004 //  ISBN 978-0887768057 // Grades 2-3 / Ages 6-9 // Category: Picture Book

I’ve sorted them by category (and then date) below, and added one cover image per category:

Picture Books (24 books)

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Weighing the Elephant – by Ting-xing YE, illustr. Suzanne Langlois (picture book)   (source: amazon)

  • Chin Chiang and the Dragon’s Dance, written and illustr. by Ian WALLACE (Groundwood Books, 1992) ISBN 978-0888991676
  • Three Monks, No Water, by Ting-xing YE, illustr. Harvey CHAN (Annick Press, 1997) ISBN 978-1550374421
  • The Boy in the Attic, by Paul YEE, illustr. Gu XIONG (Groundwood Books, 1998) ISBN 978-0888993304
  • Weighing the Elephant, by Ting-xing YE, illustr. Suzanne LANGLOIS (Annick Press, 1998) ISBN 978-1550375275
  • The Dragon New Year: A Chinese Legend, by David BOUCHARD, illustr. Zhong-Yang HUANG (Raincoast Books, 1999) ISBN 978-1561452101
  • Me and Mr. Mah, by Andrea SPALDING, illustr. Janet WILSON (Orca Book Publishers, 1999) ISBN 978-1551431680
  • Share the Sky, by Ting-xing YE, illustr. Suzanne LANGLOIS (Annick Press, 1999) ISBN 978-1550375787
  • The Chinese Violin, by Madeleine THIEN, illustr. Joe CHANG (Whitecap Books, 2001) ISBN 978-1552852057
  • Courage to Fly, by Troon HARRISON, illustr. Zhong-Yang HUANG (Red Deer Press, 2002) ISBN 978-0889953611
  • The Jade Necklace, by Paul YEE, illustr. Grace LIN (Tradewind Books, 2002) ISBN 978-1566564557
  • Emma’s Story, by Deborah HODGE, illustr. Song Nan ZHANG (Tundra Books, 2003) ISBN 978-0887766329
  • Roses Sing on New Snow: A Delicious Tale, by Paul YEE, illustr. Harvey CHAN (Groundwood Books, 2003) ISBN 978-0888992178
  • Awakening the Dragon: The Dragon Boat Festival, by Arlene CHAN, illustr. Song Nan ZHANG (Tundra Books, 2004) ISBN 978-0887768057
  • A Song for Ba, by Paul YEE, illustr. Jan Peng WANG (Groundwood Books, 2004) ISBN 978-0888994929
  • The Fragrant Garden, by Day’s LEE, illustr. Josée BELLEMARE (Napoleon Publishing, 2005) ISBN 978-1894917261
  • Bamboo Written, by Paul YEE, illustr. Shaoli WANG (Tradewind Books, 2006) ISBN 978-1894965538
  • The Hidden Treasure, by Ruowen WANG, illustr. Wei XU (Kevin & Robin Books, 2007) ISBN 978-0973879810
  • Motherbridge of Love, by Anonymous, illustr. Josée MASSE (Barefoot Books, 2007) ISBN 978-1846860478
  • The Day I Became a Canadian: A Citizenship Scrapbook, by Jo BANNATYNE-CUGNET, illustr. Song Nan ZHANG (Tundra Books, 2008) ISBN 978-0887768927
  • To Share One Moon, by Ruowen WANG, illustr. Wei XU and Xiaoyan ZHENG (Kevin & Robin Books, 2008) ISBN 978-1897458013
  • My Friend Mei Jing (My Friend), by Anna MCQUINN, illustr. Ben FREY, photography by Irvin CHEUNG (Annick Press, 2009) ISBN 978-1554511525
  • Ghost Train, by Paul YEE, illustr. Harvey CHAN (Groundwood Books, 2010) ISBN 978-0888999801
  • Maggie’s Chopsticks, by Alan WOO, illustr. Isabelle MALENFANT (Kids Can Press, 2012) ISBN 978-1554536191
  • Mooncakes, by Loretta SETO, illustr. Renné BENOIT (Orca Book Publishers, 2013) ISBN 978-1-45980107

Early Chapter Books (1 book)

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Shu-Li and Tamara, by Paul YEE, illustr. Shaoli WANG (early chapter book) (source: amazon)

  • Shu-Li and Tamara, by Paul YEE, illustr. Shaoli WANG (Tradewind Books, 2007) ISBN 978-1896580937

Folktales (3 books)

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Tales from Gold Mountain: Stories of the Chinese in the New World, by Paul YEE, illustr. Simon NG (folktales) (source: amazon)

  • Tales from Gold Mountain: Stories of the Chinese in the New World, by Paul YEE, illustr. Simon NG (Groundwood Books, 1989) ISBN 978-0888990983
  • Mei Ming and the Dragon’s Daughter: A Chinese Folktale, retold by Lydia BAILEY, illustr. Martin SPRINGETT (Scholastic Canada, 1990) ISBN 978-0590733694
  • The Dragon’s Pearl, by Julie LAWSON, illustr. Paul MORIN (Oxford University Press, 1992) ISBN 978-0773728820

Junior Fiction (10 books)

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The Mystery of the Frozen Brains (Marty Chan Mystery), by Marty CHAN (junior fiction) (source: amazon)

  • Next-Door Neighbours, by Sarah ELLIS (Groundwood Books, 1989) ISBN 978-0888990846
  • White Lily, by Ting-xing YE, illustr. Bernadette LAU (Doubleday Canada, 2000) ISBN 978-0385258968
  • Dead Man’s Gold and Other Stories, by Paul YEE, illustr. Harvey CHAN (Groundwood Books,2002) ISBN 978-0888994752
  • Tunnels of Treachery (Moose Jaw Adventure), by Mary Harelkin BISHOP (Coteau Books, 2003) ISBN 978-1550502701
  • The Mystery of the Frozen Brains (Marty Chan Mystery), by Marty CHAN (Thistledown Press, 2004) ISBN 978-1894345712
  • An Ocean Apart: The Gold Mountain Diary of Chin Mei-Ling (Dear Canada), by Gillian CHAN (Scholastic Canada, 2004) ISBN 978-0779113538
  • Mystery of the Graffiti Ghoul (Marty Chan Mystery), by Marty CHAN (Thistledown Press, 2006) ISBN 978-1897235003
  • White Jade Tiger, by Julie LAWSON (Sandcastle Books, 2006) ISBN 978-1550026535
  • Mystery of the Mad Science Teacher (Marty Chan Mystery), by Marty CHAN (Thistledown Press, 2008) ISBN 978-1897235386
  • Blood and Iron (I am Canada), by Paul YEE (Scholastic Canada, 2010) ISBN 978-0545985932

Non-Fiction (11 books)

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Warriors and Wailers: One Hundred Ancient Chinese Jobs You Might Have Relished or Reviled, by Sarah TSIANG, illustr. Martha NEWBIGGING (non-fiction) (source: amazon)

  • West Coast Chinese Boy, written and illustr. by Sing LIM (Tundra Books, 1991) ISBN 978-0887762703
  • A Little Tiger in the Chinese Night: An Autobiography in Art, written and illustr. by Song Nan ZHANG (Tundra Books, 1993) ISBN 978-0887763205
  • Cowboy of the Steppes, written and illustr. by Song Nan ZHANG (Tundra Books, 1997) ISBN 978-0887764103
  • Red Land, Yellow River: A Story From the Cultural Revolution, written and illustr. by Ange ZHANG (Groundwood Books, 2004) ISBN 978-0888994899
  • My Name is Number 4: A True Story, by Ting-xing YE (Doubleday Canada, 2007) ISBN 978-0385663052
  • Once Upon a Full Moon, written and illustr. by Elizabeth QUAN (Tundra Books, 2007) ISBN 978-0887768132
  • The Kids Book of Canada’s Railway and How the CPR Was Built (Kids Books of…), by Deborah HODGE, illustr. John MANTHA (Kids Can Press, 2008) ISBN 978-1554532568
  • The Chinese Thought of It (We Thought of It), by Ting-xing YE (Annick Press, 2009) ISBN 978-1554511952
  • Warriors and Wailers: One Hundred Ancient Chinese Jobs You Might Have Relished or Reviled (Jobs in History), by Sarah TSIANG, illustr. Martha NEWBIGGING (Annick Press, 2012) ISBN 978-1554513901
  • Beyond the Moongate: True Stories of 1920s China, written and illustr. by Elizabeth QUAN (Tundra Books, 2013) ISBN 978-1770493834
  • The Chinese Community in Toronto: Then and Now, by Arlene CHAN (Dundurn Press, 2013) ISBN 978-1459707696

Teen Fiction (1 book)

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Learning to Fly (Orca Soundings), by Paul YEE (teen fiction) (source: Kirkus)

  • Learning to Fly (Orca Soundings), by Paul YEE (Orca Book Publishers, 2008) ISBN 978-1551439532

Young Adult (8 books)

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Throwaway Daughter, by Ting-xing YE (Young Adult) (source: amazon)

  • Breakaway, by Paul YEE (Groundwood Books, 1994) ISBN 978-0888992017
  • The Bone Collector’s Son, by Paul YEE (Tradewind Books, 2003) ISBN 978-1896580258
  • Throwaway Daughter, by Ting-xing YE (Doubleday Canada, 2003) ISBN 978-0385659529
  • Midnight at the Dragon Café, by Judy Fong BATES (McClelland & Stewart, 2004) ISBN 978-0771010972
  • What Happened This Summer, by Paul YEE (Tradewind Books, 2006) ISBN 978-1896580883
  • Shen and the Treasure Fleet, by Ray CONLOGUE (Annick Press, 2007) ISBN 978-1554511044
  • Mountain Girl, River Girl, by Ting-xing YE (Puffin Canada, 2008) ISBN 978-0143168126
  • Money Boy, by Paul YEE (Groundwood Books, 2011) ISBN 978-1554980932
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