Both of my kids adore these Chinese children’s books about dogs! These relatable, engaging stories are paired with realistic illustrations that can easily speak discussion and encourage your child to speak Chinese.
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4 Relatable Chinese Children’s Books About Dogs!
Whether you have a pet at home or your child is afraid of dogs, reading realistic Chinese stories about animals can help your child become more empathic and understand how people can bond with our furry friends.
These Chinese story books show children:
- How to gently approach a dog (Picca and I 我和皮卡)
- Dogs can provide comfort when a child is nervous (玛德琳和图书馆里的狗 Madeline Finn and the Library Dog)
- That dog owners often yell “Don’t do that!” (不可以! No!)
- The difficulty of saying goodbye to a dog who has passed away (我永远爱你 I Will Always Love You)
As with most of my Chinese book reviews, ISBN information and links for where to buy will be provided whenever possible.
My goal is to help other families and educators find interesting books that help children grow and learn!
1. Picca and I 我和皮卡
This story is part of the 影响孩子一生的健康书 Health Guide Chinese series, and it’s one of my son’s all-time favorite books.
Please see the detailed review of 影响孩子一生的健康书 in this post.
2. 玛德琳和图书馆里的狗 Madeline Finn and the Library Dog
This sweet story encourages children to practice reading aloud with the help of beloved pets!
Please see our favorite Chinese books about school for the detailed review and ISBN information!
3. 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!
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!
Using positive language for kids
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!
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!
Anyway, 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!
4. 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!
Do you have other favorite Chinese books about dogs?
Whether or not you have pets, I definitely recommend each of these Chinese books about dogs!
If you’ve read any of these Chinese books about dogs or have a favorite to share, please leave a comment below!
Where to buy Chinese books for kids
If you’re wondering where to buy kids’ books, please click here for a list of the most popular online Chinese bookstores!
FREE CHINESE AUDIOBOOKS
Many websites and apps offer FREE multilingual books for kids!
Ximalaya FM is our favorite, and I highly recommend their free Chinese audiobooks for all kids!
Since the entire website and app is in Chinese, please refer to this guide on How to Use Ximalaya if you cannot read Chinese.
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- Teach Your Child a Second Language at Home with 5 Key Steps
- How To Get Your Child To Speak the Minority Language
- Raising Multilingual Children as a Non-Fluent Parent
- 15 Ways to Get Your Child to Read Throughout the Day
- 6 Fun Ways to Assess Reading Comprehension With Kids!
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