Both of my kids adore these Chinese children’s books about dogs! These are 2 great stories paired with sweet illustrations!
我永远爱你 Chinese Book Review
Title: 我永远爱你 (Wǒ yǒngyuǎn ài nǐ / I Will Always Love You)
Author: Hans Wilhelm (Translated by 赵映雪)
Publisher: 明天出版社 (Tomorrow Publishing House)
Age level: 3-8 years
Where to buy:
- Simplified Chinese / ISBN: 9787533263584
- Traditional Chinese / ISBN: 9577621880
- English / ISBN: 9780517572658
Audio Narration: You can hear this story in Mandarin Chinese on Ximalaya FM here!
我永远爱你 (I Will Always Love You) is a reality-based translated Western book that is very touching, especially for kids who have a beloved pet. Although we have no pets, my kids enjoyed learning about a young child’s meaningful bond with his dog and how important it is to say “I love you.” The story starts with the child growing up with the dog. But the dog seems to grow faster and older than the child, and soon he passes away. This dog will always have a special place in the child’s life.
Although the reading level is fairly easy, due to the challenging topic of death, I think the book would be suitable for elementary school-aged children.
我永远爱你 reading video
Here is a video of my 4-year-old daughter reading 我永远爱你 in Mandarin Chinese!
不可以! Chinese Book Review
Title: 不可以! (Bù kěyǐ / No!)
Author: Marta Altes
Publisher: 广西师范大学出版社 (Guanxi Normal University Press)
Age level: 3-6 years
Where to buy:
This is an adorable book and relatable about a dog who thinks his name is because he hears it all the time! Although the book is written from the perspective of the dog, I think it is eye opening to consider how often we may be telling our own kids NOT to do things! The illustrations are very funny for kids as you can see the dog making messes wherever he goes. Even the text is funny for young readers, as it’s intended to be like a “dog diary”, with thoughts crossed out and key words underlined! Definitely recommend this story whether you have pets or not!
Side note: The story reminded me about an article that I read from Backwoods Mama about helpful things we can say to our kids instead of “STOP! Be careful!” As parents, we often say it reflexively, but the problem is that the statement is rather vague yet alarming, and is often overused in situations that aren’t acutely dangerous. Instead, Backwoods Mama suggests that we should be more specific about how to our children to be more aware of their surroundings and also how to solve problems. The 不可以! book would be a great read to accompany the tips from Backwoods Mama!
This page filled with dogs is my 2-year-old son’s favorite page! So many doggies to look at! This would be a great opportunity for counting practice, too!
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Chinese audiobooks for kids
For free Chinese audiobooks for children, check out:
- Free Chinese Audiobooks for Children on Ximalaya 喜马拉雅
- How to Use Ximalaya FM When You Can’t Read Chinese
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Happy reading, friends!