Chinese Zodiac Book Recommendations

There are 12 Chinese zodiac animals used to represent years, and 2019 is the Year of the Pig. These zodiac signs are believed by some to determine a person's fortune for the coming year,  marriage compatibility, career fit, and more. The Chinese zodiac cycle repeats every 12 years, making it easy to figure out which one applies to your birth year.

Check out one of the recommended reads that goes with your zodiac sign! We have suggestions for children, teens, and adults.

Year of the Pig 猪 (zhū): 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White: Wilbur the pig discovers he is destined to be a farmer's Christmas dinner until his spider friend Charlotte decides to help him.

Animal Farm by George Orwell: In Orwell's satire on totalitarianism, farm animals overthrow their human owner and set up their own equally corrupt society.

The Sinister Pig by Tony Hillerman: A well-dressed murder victim is found at the edge of a vast Apache natural gas field, and Sergeant Jim Chee finds himself facing a complex puzzle.


Year of the Rat 鼠 (shǔ): 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020

The Year of the Rat by Grace Lin: A young Taiwanese-American girl faces many new challenges and must learn to find the beauty in the change.

The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett: A talking cat, intelligent rats, and a young boy run a Pied Piper scam until they con the wrong town and run into a deadly rat king.

The Corpse-rat King by Lee Battersby: Marius dos Hellespont is a professional looter of battlefields. After the chaos is over, he swoops in and collects what was left behind. But when he discovers the corpse of the King of Scorby, he is mistaken for the monarch by one of the dead soldiers and transported to the Kingdom of the Dead - who are in desperate need of a king.


Year of the Ox 牛 (niú): 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021

XO, Ox: A Love Story by Adam Rex: Told in hilarious correspondence letters, an ox falls in love with a gazelle.

The World According to Musk Ox by Erin Cabatingan: During brief visits to the continents of the world, cantankerous Zebra struggles with a self-centered Musk Ox. 

The Ox-bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark: A realistic portrait of frontier life in the American West. Set in 1885, three innocent men are lynched when law and order are abandoned.


Year of the Tiger 虎 (hǔ): 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown: Mr. Tiger is bored with city life. His wild idea leads him to discover his true nature.

The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo: A teen woodcarver suffering from a tragic loss moves to Lister, Flordia, with his dad to start a new life. When he stumbles upon a real-life caged tiger in the woods with his equally troubled friend Sistine, they become determined to find a way to free it.

The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht: In war-torn Balkan country, a young doctor remembers a series of interlinked tales her late grandfather once told her. Convinced that he spent his last days searching for the mysterious "deathless man," she uses interlinked tales, including the magical story of the tiger's wife, to figure out why a deeply rational man would take such a farfetched journey.


Year of the Rabbit 兔 (tù): 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023

Rabbit's Gift: A Fable from China by George Shannon: Rabbit discovers an extra turnip in a snowy field and begins a lovely story of sharing and caring for one's neighbors.

White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig: Sixteen-year-old Rufus Holt has one night to prove that his half-sister April is innocent of murdering her boyfriend at a wild party.

Rabbit, Run by John Updike: Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom, one-time high school basketball star caught between instinct and thought, deserts his old life to discover the right path.


Year of the Dragon 龙 (lóng): 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin: Dragons love tacos. But don't feed them any with spicy salsa...

Talon by Julie Kagawa: Dragons were hunted to near extinction, and now hide in human form. Ember and Dante are sibling dragons - the only ones in existence - and have been trained their whole lives to help dragons take back the world they believe is theirs. But Ember is more interested in leading a normal teen girl's life - and that's when things get tricky.

Fire & Blood by George R.R. Martin: In this prequel to the Game of Thrones series, George R.R. Martin relays the story of the Targaryens, the only family of dragonlords in the kingdom of Westeros, before they were overthrown by the vicious Lannister family.


Year of the Snake 蛇 (shé): 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025

Hank Finds Inspiration by Craig Frazier: Hank the snake and his human friend Stanley visit the city in search of inspiration.

The Cold Is in Her Bones by Peternelle Van Arsdale: Sixteen-year-old Milla lives a sheltered life on her parents' rural farm near a cursed village, praying the evil away. A terrifying demon's curse manifests in the village's young women, leaving them with reptilian skin, hair of snakes, and completely soulless. A modern retelling of the ancient Medusa legend.

Florida by Lauren Groff: Short stories that don't include sand, surf, and sunshine - instead, author Lauren Groff shows us the nitty-gritty of the humid, tropical state, including devilish reefs of snakes at the Everglades' edges.


Year of the Horse 马 (mǎ): 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026

A Horse Called Hero by Sam Angus: On the brink of WWII, a family is forced out of their London home and into the safety of the countryside. One day, the children come across an orphaned foal, which they name Hero, and raise him to live up to his name. 

Ghetto Cowboy by Greg Neri: Twelve-year-old troubled Cole moves to Philadelphia to live with a father he has never known, but soon he has Cole joining a group of African American "cowboys" who rescue horses.

Horse: A Novel by Talley English: When Teagan's father abandons his family and farm, she finds herself searching for something - or someone - to hold on to. She finds solace in Ian, short for Obsidian, the beautiful but headstrong horse her father also left behind.


The Year of the Goat 羊 (yang): 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027

Beatrice's Goat by Page McBrier: A young Ugandan girl achieves her school dream after her family is given an income-producing goat. Based on a true story.

The Goat Who Chewed Too Much by Tom Angleberger: When Detective Venus Flytrap's goat assistant is arrested for stealing a golden pickle paperweight, he is determined to find the real thief.

Goat Mountain by David Vann: On Goat Mountain, a 640-acre ranch in Northern California, an 11-year-old boy is eager to make a kill on his first hunt. His father, discovering a poacher on the land, shows the boy his location through the scope of his rifle. With this, tragedy erupts, shattering and devastating lives.


Year of the Monkey 猴 (hóu): 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028

Baby Monkey, Private Eye by Brian Selznick: Baby Monkey, private eye, investigates stolen jewels, missing pizzas, and other mysteries - as long as he can put his pants on.

Grease Monkey by Tim Eldred: Caught in an interstellar war, the Earth is destroyed - then repaired. Mysterious aliens help heal the planet and offer intelligence to dolphins and gorillas. The dolphins turn them down - but the gorillas agree. Now, Earth shares the world with language-speaking, tool-making...monkeys.

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn: After a man answers a local newspaper ad from a teacher looking for serious pupils, he finds himself alone with a full-grown gorilla - also known as the teacher. Ishmael has immense wisdom and has an incredible story to tell - one that no other human being has ever heard.


Year of the Rooster 鸡 (jī): 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029

The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! by Carmen Agra Deedy: After the mayor of the noisy city of La Paz establishes a law that forbids all singing, brave little rooster decides he must sing no matter what.

Cheating for the Chicken Man by Priscilla Cimmings: Kate, a high school freshman, has a lot on her mind. She promised her dying father to not only look after the Maryland family chicken farm, but also her older brother who has just returned from juvenile detention.

The Rooster Bar by John Grisham: Third-year law students realize they've been duped by a shady New York hedge-fund operator who owns a bank specializing in student loans. In order to expose the bank and the scam, the students must quit school only a few months before graduation.


Year of the Dog 狗 (gǒu): 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030

Two Dogs in A Trench Coat Go to School by Julie Falatko: Sassy and Waldo, two loyal pet dogs, are determined to save Stewart from a very scary place: school.

Whippoorwill by Joseph Monninger: Sixteen-year-old Clair and her neighbor Danny work together to save Wally, a loveable but mistreated dog chained in a junk-filled yard by Danny's father.

The Dogs of Littlefield: A Novel by Suzanna Berne: Dr. Clarice Watkins moves to Littlefield, Massachusetts, named one of the "Ten Best Places in Live in America." Yet, not long after she moves in, someone begins poisoning the town dogs. Are the poisonings a protest to an off-leash proposal for the local park, or, is it something more sinister?