Sagebooks taught my 2 & 4 year olds to read Chinese characters, and are either loved or hated by most. Here’s how we made a success of reading Sagebooks in our non-Chinese speaking family.
Dogman and Diary of a Wimpy Kid are books that I half-wish my 7 year-old had never discovered. I say half-wish, because whilst I’m not a fan of these English series, the upside has been finding a similar equivalent in Chinese. Her discovery of Mi Xiao Quan 米小圈 has catapulted her love of reading in Chinese.
The series 100 Thousand Whys 十万个为什么 is a pretty good parallel to The Young Scientists series in English,
The eTutor pen can read popular children’s Chinese magazines and fortnightly publications which many Singaporean primary schools subscribe to, such as 好朋友 (Hao Peng You), 知识报 (Zhi Shi Bao), 知识画报 (Zhi Shi Hua Bao), 新朋友 (New Friends), 新天地 (New World) and 新列车 (New Express), etc. For us, this was the main reason we bought the pen.
Le Le Chinese is a series of highly-engaging children’ books which taught my child to read 1300+ characters in a fun way! It comes with a pen which can read the individual chinese characters.
My daughter is learning mandarin as her mother tongue, despite no parent or grandparent speaking it. So here’s sharing a few interesting “robots” that are helping us out.