Squid for Brains picture books have fun, readable and accessible content for beginners learning Chinese as a second language. They are designed based on the theory of comprehensible input. combined with a dose of good humour.
Exciting new series of graded readers released in 2020 & 2021, by the same authors as Disney I Will Read, but SO much better! This book set is an excellent choice for any child who is starting learning to read, and it won’t break the budget either.
Our family’s favourite Chinese book recommendations for each age group from toddler to tween. 3 to 9. As selected by my kids.
This posts compares the character lists between three famous Chinese levelled reader series, being Sage 500 Books, Odonata Readers and Le Le Chinese. Posts compares differences and overlap. It outlines outlines key differences, with a focus on the first 500 characters used within each set.
How can your family enjoy Dragon Boat Festival in Singapore this year, from the comfort of your home? Here’s a list of great reads and some activities to inspire.
Singapore is 100% blessed with a plethora of lovely Chinese bookstores, and many of our favourite ones have passionate owners who will be able to curate the perfect books for your family too. As a mother who doesn’t read or speak Chinese, I’m really thankful for the amazing options out there, mainly run by passionate mums…
Butt Detective is a series of kid-friendly mystery detective books, with bright colours, fun plot, and not too much text. The 屁屁侦探 series originates from Japan, and is excellent for a preschool / early primary Chinese reader.
16 Chinese picture books on the topic of families and celebrations. The picture books selected in this post teach children about family values and bonds, especially with grandparents.
This post shares six Christmas-themed books to read in Chinese, and a five great bilingual literary toys too. What is a better gift to give than the gift of language? The gift of Christmas surely. But language is a pretty good gift too. Enjoy good literature with your child this Christmas!
Name: Little Brother Mouse Series Sets 1 and 2 可爱的鼠小弟Author: Yoshio NakaeNumber of books in set: 22~ Number of pages: around 30 (varies between titles, but only half the pages have text)~ Number of lines per page: 0 – 4~ Total length of the book: ~300 characters per story~ Characters required by child to read…
8 bilingual Chinese-English books on the topic of kindness, peace and unity. The picture books selected in this post teach children about kindness through a variety of approaches – such as stories, poems, use of metaphors, or profiling peacemakers.
Great bilingual Chinese-English books on emotions and feelings, to read with children.
Mid Autumn Festival (中秋节 Zhōng qiū jié) is just around the corner, and it’s one of our favourite festivals of the year! Here’s a review of what’s on our bookshelf this month, including books across a range of reading abilities, for pre-schoolers to read by themselves, through to books which can be enjoyed by reading…
A poignant picture book for children, touching on AIDS, adoption, death, and being grateful, especially at Mid-Autumn festival.
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Teaching Chinese literacy in young Children
As parents, we can neither speak nor read Chinese. But we have systematically and deliberately put small doses of Chinese reading into our daily routines, and made it happen little-by-little….. starting from toddler years.
Here are the books and tools which helped to make it happen, which are best suited to pre-school age readers in a Singapore context.
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