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The best books for kids series - Mandarin

Posted by Language Stars on Feb 8, 2018 8:31:06 AM

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Is your child on a journey to learn Mandarin at Language Stars? Great! We have identified a few of our favorite Mandarin books for kids that are perfect to support their language development and reinforce what they are learning in their world language classes.

1) Hurry Home, Hedgehog!: A Bilingual Book of Sounds

By Belle Yang (Candlewick; Bilingual edition, 2015)

Age Range: 2 to 5 years

Grade Level: Preschool to kindergarten

In this adorable tale that incorporates sounds as well as language, baby Hedgehog is out looking for good things to eat, but wet weather is coming — whoosh! As rain falls like soybeans — ping ping, pang pang — baby Hedgehog scurries home — pitter patter. Soon he will be safe and warm with Mama — purr purr. Storm clouds appear, an owl hoots. What other sounds does he hear along the way?

2) Gordon & Li Li Learn Animals in Mandarin

By Michele Wong McSween (Author),‎ Nam Doan (Illustrator) (McWong Ink, 2010)

Age Range: 5 to 6 years

Grade Level: Preschool and up

The second board book in the Gordon & Li Li series features a zoo full of adorable animals! They teach each other the names of 28 different critters in English and Mandarin as young readers go along for the adventure and learn alongside the cousins. Each page spotlights a single animal with a bright, colorful and charming original illustration. Every animal's name is written in English and pinyin — along with the Chinese character and the phonetic pronunciation, which makes it easy for parents and children to read and recite.

3) My First Book of Chinese Words: An ABC Rhyming Book of Chinese Language and Culture

By Faye-Lynn Wu (Author),‎ Aya Padron (Illustrator) (Tuttle Publishing, 2017)

Age Range: 3 to 8 years

Grade Level: Preschool to 3

This book introduces young children to basic, common words and concepts in Mandarin Chinese through rhymes and imagery. Each includes the word in Pinyin as well as Chinese characters, along with a rhyme about it. Your child will learn about cultural aspects of Chinese life, along with words and rhymes, including chopsticks, rice and dragons.

4) Little Monkey King's Journey: Stories of the Chinese Zodiac

By Li Jian (Author, Illustrator),‎ Yijin Wert (Translator) (Shanghai Press, 2012)

Age Range: 4 to 8 years

Grade Level: Preschool to 3

When the Monkey King is injured, Little Monkey must go on a long journey to find the Old Immortal, who can save the King. He meets many supernatural creatures along the way and learns the skills he needs to know to complete his journey. With help from the Immortal Turtle, the Phoenix, the Dragon King and the Immortal, can he find his way home to save the Monkey King?

5) The Pet Dragon: A Story about Adventure, Friendship, and Chinese Characters

By Christoph Niemann (Greenwillow Books, 2008)

Age Range: 4 to 8 years

Grade Level: Preschool to 3

In this Black-Eyed Susan Book Award-winning book, Lin’s pet dragon mysteriously disappears, setting her off on a journey to find her best friend. By ingeniously integrating written Chinese characters into the illustrations as the story progresses, Christoph Niemann has created a book that is engrossing, unique and memorable. When Lin is introduced, the Chinese character for “person” is overlaid on her image, so children (and their parents) can see how it follows the body and leg line of a person.

At Language Stars, we know how important it is to reinforce what your child is learning in the classroom. These books are a fun way to spend time with your child and continue the learning at home.