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.
Taoshu books are based on a popular Singaporean cartoon. The series has large font Chinese characters and nice audio narration - great for beginner readers!
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.
A collection of meaningful picture books written in simplified and traditional Chinese. The bilingual CD is in Mandarin and English with pleasant classical music in the background.
可爱的鼠小弟 Little Mouse Series is an adorable and funny Chinese picture book for children. The black-and-while pencil illustrations are understated yet cleverly express the thoughts behind the action of each animal.
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.
Shapes Chinese Books 形状万花筒 is an excellent series of books for the budding reader. Large Chinese characters are on separate pages from the cute and clever illustrations that kids will love! Each story concludes with a positive message as well as full English translation and pinyin reference.
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!
I highly recommend the DailyNoodles My Fun Chinese Numbers and Animals Books as a hands-on introduction to Chinese learning for kids. Included are fun crafts, coloring, matching games, Sudoku, Zodiac animals, and more!