I’m excited to share one of our favorite science book series from National Geographic! We are big fans of National Geographic for their beautiful photographs of life and science. National Geographic does a wonderful job making real world information available to children of favorites ages in a fun and interesting way. These books are available in many languages. This post features 美国国家地理儿童科普书系 – 虫虫想想看 (National Geographic Insects), a bilingual series in simplified Chinese and English.
Title: 美国国家地理儿童科普书系 – 虫虫想想看 (6 volumes)
Publisher: 安徽少年儿童出版社 Anhui Children’s Publishing House
Language: Simplified Chinese with Pinyin and English
Age level: 3-6 years
Where to buy:
Quick Review of the National Geographic Insect Series
National Geographic Insects is a fantastic set of Chinese science books. Realistic illustrations and simple text make this series perfect for young children. Both of my children (4.5-year-old daughter, 21-month-old son) love to point out and talk about what they see! I strongly believe that kids are never too young to enjoy beautiful science books!!
Each book follows the same layout. After the insect is introduced, the life cycle and anatomy are discussed. There are two pages of question prompts in Chinese that you can discuss with your child. The last few pages are complete English translations of the book!
The font is large and easy to read. Key words are boldfaced and further enlarged! The Pinyin is small and unobtrusive above each Chinese character.
Here is a ledge in our house where I frequently display books. The kids are excited to see which books I set out! This is one of my strategies in getting my children excited about reading!
Books included in the National Geographic Insect Series:
- Spider 蜘蛛
- Grasshopper 蚱蜢
- Bee 蜜蜂
- Dragonfly 蜻蜓
- Ant 蚂蚁
- Butterfly 蝴蝶
Photos of National Geographic Insect Series
The downside is that I don’t think this particular set is available in traditional Chinese. However, here are similar National Geographic books in traditional Chinese:
We have these other National Geographic books in simplified Chinese, and I will post a review of all them soon! You can check out the National Geographic Solar System books in this post, however.
幼幼小百科(套)4冊 books in traditional Chinese also has large font plus Zhuyin! And it’s only $13 USD at Gloria’s Bookstores!
In summary, I highly recommend National Geographic Insects!
Where to buy Chinese books for kids
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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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As always, please leave a comment with any questions, and I’ll try my best to answer them! Or better yet, ask other parents in our Facebook group! Montessori-inspired Kids Learning Chinese and English is a community of parents worldwide who are excited to share bilingual book recommendations, Montessori tips, and learning materials!
Happy reading, friends!