10 Great Children’s Books in Chinese

Miss Panda Chinese 10 Best Books in Chinese

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.”

~ Emilie Buchwald

 I still remember the days when my son was only a few months old and I was reading “The Good Night Moon” to him in Mandarin Chinese.  He would be on my lap listening and then from time to time he would grab the book and chew on it.  What an adorable scene!   Yes, he was teething at the time!

Reading familiar books in a different language to kids is a good starting point when we introduce the target language to young children.  The first time that I pulled out “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” book (Chinese edition) in my kindergarten class the children  stared at the Chinese characters on the cover and then the kids fearlessly said: “I have read this book!”  “I know this story!” “Are you going to read it to us?”  I read the book to them in Mandarin Chinese, they paid incredible attention as I went through one page to the next.  They repeated the words/phrases in Mandarin and they listened as this was read to them in their first language.

Many of the books listed here are in Miss Panda’s Reading Playground on YouTube.  You can listen to the story and then review the words, talk about the pictures, characters, and the story with the book.  Adding craft projects to the reading can reinforce the learning and you can spread out the reading activities in consecutive days.

Literacy skills like reading, singing, and playing games can transfer across languages.  Here are ten wonderful children’s books (Chinese edition) that you and your child can enjoy together during your story time.  You might have access to these books in your local library or you can obtain a Chinese edition copy from the online bookstores.  Having the physical books around in your target language is very important for creating a target language environment.  Click on the name of each author to purchase a copy of the book and support great literature in different languages.

Enjoy the stories and let me know your child’s favorite book in the target language.

1. Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown  

2. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

3. Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

4. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

5. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See by Eric Carle

6. Elmer’s Day by David McKee

7. Dear Zoo by Rhodes Campbell

8. The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round by Annie Kubler

9. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

10. Mei Ling’s Hiccups by David Mills


 “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn,

the more places you’ll go.”

~ Dr. Seuss

 Happy reading! –  開心讀書! Kāi xīn dú shū!

See you next time! – 我們下次見! Wǒ men xià cì jiàn!

~ Miss Panda

 ©2014 Chia-Chen Hsiung Blodgett – Miss Panda Chinese All Right Reserved.

  1. Hi,
    I have just started teaching Mandarin to Kindergarten age children and I have been trying to find books that are appropriated for them and have both English and Chinese. The books you listed are great. Do you know anywhere I can get them on the internet? Thanks.

    Kind Regards,
    Chrissy Man

    • Hello Chrissy, How exciting to know that you just started teaching Mandarin to Kindergarteners! They are so much fun to work with us and they are energetic with learning everything. If you click on the names of each author in this post it will take you to the online bookstores that have the titles available. Many books are available on Amazon. I will have a resource post coming up soon with the Chinese/English/Multilingual online bookstore resource. Thank you for visiting! ~Miss Panda

  2. Dear Miss Panda,

    I am absolutely thrilled to find you and browse through your blog. There are so many useful and suitable resources that I can use to teach my children Mandarin in my prep school.

    Can I please ask if the resources have been designed for specific age groups? are they categorised under topics? I adore every piece of it but I wonder if there is a quicker way for me to find the suitable one among them all, and I have to admit that I haven’t finished reading every one of them.

    As I am teaching children age from 4 to 11, I am grateful if you give me some tips on how to use your resources more effectively.

    Many thanks for attention and hope to hear from you soon.


    • Ni Hao Susan, I was very glad that you found the resource here helpful with your Chinese program. Welcome! The resource here is designed for young children especially from babies to elementary school. The multi-direction approach materials included here will help parents and teachers to engage young learners in various activities. You can use Miss Panda Chinese CD/MP3 albums as your lesson plan and add theme lessons with songs, printables, and stories to your program. Let’s always keep learning fun! ~Miss Panda

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