Reading time: Elmer’s Day and more Bilingual Books

Reading is a great way to learn more about a language! For the month of August we are reading a set of English – Chinese bilingual books by David McKee.  In them Elmer, the fun-loving patchwork elephant, takes us around to learn about the daily routine, colors, weather, and animal friends. Each of these books uses simple words and short sentences.  Children will love the illustrations in the books and enjoy listening to the stories in both English and Chinese.

Language : English and traditional Chinese characters ONLY (No pinyin or zhuyin (bopomofo)).

Elmer’s Day

Elmer’s Weather

Elmer’s Colours

Elmer’s Friends


Do you have any favorite bilingual books? Share yours with us!

  1. Hello,

    My name is Liz and I am looking for children’s books (for preschoolers and elementary-age children) which are in English and Mandarin. Are the Elmer books all in Mandarin? Also, do you know of more resources to purchase English and Mandarin books for children?

    Thank you so much.

    • Hi Liz, Elmer books are in Chinese and they are available on Amazon. Check your local library for their bilingual books collection. You will be surprised what you can find. I found a set of Chinese-English bilingual Dr. Seuss books in one of the public libraries here. For Chinese-English bilingual books my recommendations are here on
      Please feel free to let me know if you need more resources.

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