A Kid's Guide to the Chinese Zodiac

Animal Horoscopes, Legendary Myths, and Practical Uses for Ancient Wisdom


By Aaron Hwang

Illustrated by Qu Lan

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A Kid's Guide to the Chinese Zodiac is a charming, fun-filled introduction to eastern astrology, perfect for discovering what your sign—Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, or Pig—says about you.

Are you loyal like the Dog? Or stubborn like the Ox? What does the time you were born say about who you are? Can knowing more about your Zodiac empower you in your day to day? 

A Kid's Guide to the Chinese Zodiac offers the history and lore behind this ancient classification system, along with practical advice for young readers on how to navigate relationships and apply oneself at school and at home, all based on the qualities associated with the twelve Zodiac animals. Someone born in the year of the Pig might prioritize stability and comfort. Naturally agreeable, they may need to work at recognizing when they're uncomfortable and speak up so they don't get stuck in the mud. Someone who is a Rat, on the other hand, might be ambitious and clever, but may need to take a step back from their own ideas every now and then in order to find balance. 

Beautifully illustrated, with sidebars on Chinese culture and myth throughout, this book is an informative and mystical guide for any kid who is curious about the universe and how they fit into it. 

  • “This user-friendly book, complemented by charts and graphics, is an engaging exploration of the strengths and weaknesses of each element and animal…. For those who observe the Chinese zodiac, this comprehensive resource fills a cultural void.”
    Booklist, starred review
  • "The accessible text and kid-friendly design and illustrations will engage young readers. They will welcome this as a guide for discovering possible 'paths to luck, riches and prosperity.' . . . Highly recommended."
    School Library Journal

On Sale
Dec 5, 2023
Page Count
120 pages
Running Press Kids

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Aaron Hwang

About the Author

Aaron Hwang is a graduate of Yale and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He teaches creative writing at the University of Iowa.

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Qu Lan

About the Illustrator

QU Lan was born and raised in China. After graduating in oil-painting from the China Academy of Art, she moved to France and worked as a graphic designer in agencies. She then discovered the passion for illustration and launched her career as freelance illustrator. Now she collaborates with numerous major publishers and companies. Her artwork is exhibited regularly and has received awards around the world.

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