Father and Son Go Fishing《和爸爸一起去海边》by Xiaoting Chen, Illustrated by Ying Huang, Translated by Duncan Poupard
A good book for beginner readers, this cheerful tale will keep your little one on the edge of their seat. What could be better than a fun day by the sea with Dad? Will they catch a fish? Or not? This charming book emanates a warmth that embodies the anticipation of a good catch. Oops! That’s not a fish, that’s a crayfish. Oops! An octopus! What will they fish up next? The books end on a poignant note with the satisfaction of a day well spent.
Teaches: Use of "very", as well as some verbs.
ELEMENTARY (3 AND UP)
Little Rabbit‘s Questions《小兔子的问题》by Dayong Gan, translated by Helen Wang
We can’t tell which is more whimsical; the drawings or the little rabbit’s questions. And for someone so small, he’s definitely chock-a-block with them. Mum’s got all the answers of course, the best answers to the best questions. Every word, every sentence, is absolutely brimming with love.
Teaches: Question and answer sentence structures and sensory verbs such as "look", "hear" and "smell".
The Naughty Mynah《调皮的八哥》by Evelyn Sue Wong (no pinyin)
What’s a foreigner to do when his guide’s a naughty mynah? "How do I say ‘Good Morning’?": "(Good evening)", the mynah replies. Mr Jones, none the wiser, takes the mynah to his new art class. What will it tell Mr Jones next? This engaging story will teach your naughty little mynahs the importance of communication and learning another language.
Teaches: Simple vocabulary and common phrases such as greetings through a bilingual glossary available at the back of the book.
INTERMEDIATE (5 AND UP)
Buddy Is So Annoying《我讨厌宝弟》by Wenzheng Fu, translated by Adam Lanphier
"On the first day of Kindergarten, I met Buddy." Ever have that friend who always bugged you and got on your nerves no matter what they did? Whether it’s one-upping you or having to wait for them to catch up, they’ve always been absolute pests - why couldn’t they just leave you alone? But they’re still your mate and they’ve stuck by you so long, so you GUESS they can tag along.
Teaches: words that express opinions such as "I think" or "I feel".
The Frog and the Boy《青蛙与男孩》by Mao Xiao, illustrated by Wei Chen and Xiaomin Huang, translated by Helen Wang
If your little one’s prone to ‘being’ an animal, following cats while meowing or chasing dogs while barking, they’ll love pretending to be a frog. I’m a frog! I hop like a frog! I can stick my tongue out like a frog! The twist is: what happens when the creature you’re imitating calls you on your bluff? I’m not a frog! I’m different! Very, very different! The kiddos will have a great time with this one.
Teaches: "me too", "from…to", "not/neither…or/nor".