加油小米啦 (Jiāyóu! Xiǎo Mǐla / You Can Do It Little 米啦!) is a series of early chapter books with funny, relatable stories in simplified Chinese and Pinyin.
小小的我 and 最亲爱的奶奶 are touching stories that my kids love. 小小的我 is about the challenges of a child who can't do many things yet. 最亲爱的奶奶 explores a relationship between a child and her grandmother who passes away.
多多和他的超级妈妈 (DuoDuo & His Super Mom) and 多多和他的超级爸爸 (DuoDuo & His Super Dad) are adorable and relatable books for children learning Chinese. Written by a Chinese author, each story explores common events that children experience with their parents and encourages family bonding.
Both of my children love 筒井赖子 and 林明子 Chinese picture books! The stories are relatable, and the illustrations are beautiful and realistic.
National Geographic Insects is a fantastic set of Chinese science books. Realistic illustrations and simple text make this series perfect for kids.
影响孩子一生的健康书 series consists of 8 books with beautiful illustrations that both of my kids love! This series focuses on various aspects of health in a child-friendly way.
长大我最棒儿童健康心理与完美人格 Learning to Get Along Series by Cheri J. Meiners is a set of 15 books. The series teaches children about manners and social skills. The illustrations are realistic and the simplified Chinese text is accompanied by pinyin.
画一个星星给我 (Draw Me a Star) is a beautiful picture book by Eric Carle. We read this book and then applied what we learned! Both kids had a blast dot painting, and I helped my daughter draw & cut the stars. Every star turned out to be beautiful and unique!
谁喜欢雨？(Who Likes Rain?) is a book about rain's playful sounds! A matching activity with recycled bottle cap raindrops is a fun way to review Chinese words!
When choosing books for babies and toddlers, the question we should ask is "What do babies want to see?" This post has evidence-based tips for realistic images plus examples of Montessori-friendly Chinese books.
iSuper Science books are favorite Chinese science books for my kids. This must-have series features beautiful photographs and large Chinese characters.
识字儿歌 (Shìzì er gē / Word Songs) is a set of illustrated nursery rhymes and workbooks accompanied by a CD. I highly recommend this for children who are starting to learn Chinese. The simplified Chinese text is printed clearly with pinyin below each word.
复活节 is an Easter book by Gail Gibbons in English and simplified Chinese. Here are photos of the book plus an Easter puzzle activity!
National Geographic has two fantastic Solar System books for children in Chinese! 太空百科 is a perfect introduction to Outer Space while 13颗行星 would be a great resource for upper elementary students!
The Greenfield 我自己会读 I Can Read series has 96 short, humorous children's stories that are illustrated beautifully and build reading confidence. The CDs give exposure to native Mandarin or Cantonese. In addition, workbooks and flashcards are included.
A fun and educational paper plate craft that reinforces fish anatomy: 鱼 (yú / fish), 鳞 (lín / scale), 尾 (wěi / tail), 鳍 (qí / fin), and 目(mù / eye).