Translated Japanese Stories about Growing Up – Chinese Picture Books

Translated Japanese Stories about Growing Up - Chinese Picture Books 第一次去理发店 牙掉了怎么办 我也想生病

My 2 children (5-year-old daughter, 2-year-old son) both love this series of 3 Chinese pictures books from the author 佐古百美 (publisher 北京科学技术出版社).  The 3 stories about growing up was originally written in Japanese and translated to simplified Chinese.  They are humorous and very relatable for young children.

Related: 6 Ways My Child and I Learn Chinese from Audiobooks

佐古百美 Books for Children

Since we are non-native Chinese speakers, we rely on books with realistic pictures to decode and remember new Chinese words.  It’s a wonderful way to learn Chinese vocabulary about everyday life.

My 5-year-old can read most words in these books on her own, so it’s a great series for reading practice and learning relevant Chinese characters after completing 四五快读.  She listens to the stories on Ximalaya which helps her identify unfamiliar words while reading.

Book titles and Ximalaya audio narration

  • 次去理发店 (The First Trip to Barber Shop) – Ximalaya here and here
  • 牙掉了怎么办 (What Happens When Your Tooth Falls Out) – Ximalaya
  • 我也想生病 (I Also Want to Get Sick) – Ximalaya

第一次去理发店 (Dì yī cì qù lǐfǎ diàn)

ISBN: 9787530488843

Free audio narration: Ximalaya here and here

Where to buy: Taobao

Translated Japanese Stories about Growing Up - Chinese Picture Books 第一次去理发店

牙掉了怎么办 (Yá diàole zěnme bàn)

ISBN: 9787530488829

Free audio narration: Ximalaya

Translated Japanese Stories about Growing Up - Chinese Picture Books 牙掉了怎么办
Translated Japanese Stories about Growing Up - Chinese Picture Books 牙掉了怎么办

我也想生病 (Wǒ yě xiǎng shēngbìng)

ISBN: 9787530488836

Free audio narration: Ximalaya

Translated Japanese Stories about Growing Up - Chinese Picture Books 我也想生病
Translated Japanese Stories about Growing Up - Chinese Picture Books 我也想生病

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Happy reading, friends!


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