Looking for a fun way to celebrate baby’s first Chinese New Year? Ring in the holiday, which falls on Jan. 31 in 2014, by reading Joyce Wan’s latest board book, “My Lucky Little Dragon,” to your little fortune cookie. Her book features all of the zodiac animals, such as the “silly little monkey” and “chatty little rooster,” on pages filled with bold illustrations, color, and words in a wonderful variety of fonts. The cover is fun to touch, with its combination of smooth and rough, sparkly textures. “My Lucky Little Dragon” has a happy ending, too, proclaiming, “Baby, I’m lucky to have you” alongside a heart-shaped mirror, so your little reader can see what all the fuss is about.
My Lucky Little Dragon book by Joyce Wan, $6.99, www.scholastic.com.