Chinese Books for Primary Schoolers in Singapore

Book Review: Frog and Toad Story Books 青蛙和蟾蜍

Frog and Toad is a charming set of 4-books, which tells a timeless story of friendship, having been written over 50 years ago …. it’s perfect as an early chapter book for an emerging reader, with less pictures and more text. The stories are endearing because Frog and Toad’s adventures are simple every day activities – going for a walk, reading, cooking, cleaning the house or tending a garden.  If your child can read >1000 characters, do give this a good look.

Mandarin Companion Review

Mandarin Companion books are a really different kind of graded reader / bridging book set.  For Levels 1 and 2, they take classics from English literature, and cleverly translate them into books with minimal characters, that can be read by a Mandarin beginner.  This concept makes it quite appealing for an older learner, who gets a bit bored by the ‘Tom and Jane’ style beginning books, and enjoy more interesting storylines.

How can a story like Jane Austin’s Emma or Sherlock Holmes, or the Secret Garden be condensed down into just 300 or less characters without losing the intrigue?  Well, yes, you’ll see it’s been done very well with Mandarin Companion readers.

Where to buy excellent Chinese books for children in Singapore?

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 mumsContinue reading “Where to buy excellent Chinese books for children in Singapore?”

Chinese Bridging Book Review: “New Stars Island” Graded Picture Book Series 《新新岛》分级读本系列 (Set of 36)

This post is about a locally written set of thirty six Simplified Chinese picture books called the “New Star Island” collection, written and printed in Singapore, which are broadly designed to match every year of primary school in Singapore. They’re creatively written, prize winning works, and great for encouraging an older child to read broadly,Continue reading “Chinese Bridging Book Review: “New Stars Island” Graded Picture Book Series 《新新岛》分级读本系列 (Set of 36)”

Chinese Bridging Book Review: I Love Reading Collection (Set of 20)

This post is about a set of twenty Simplified Chinese picture books called the “I Love Reading Collection”, written and printed in Singapore, which are appropriate for lower primary school age readers. They’re mainly fun, and great for learning new vocabulary, aligned to the MOE syllabus. The books are written by the Chou Sing ChuContinue reading “Chinese Bridging Book Review: I Love Reading Collection (Set of 20)”

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Literature to support learning Chinese mother tongue in Singaporean Primary Schools

My eldest child can read 1300+ characters, and my younger children read better Chinese than English, in fact, Chinese was the first language they could each read, and my youngest picked it up entirely at home over COVID circuit breaker as a 2 year old.

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.

Here are the books and tools which helped to make it happen, which are best suited to primary school age readers, with a focus on Singapore local school syllabus.

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