Bilingual Picture Books
Updated: Apr 16
Picture books are great for children who are ready to move on from sturdy board books, to more delicate pages, usually around 4 years of age. Bilingual picture books are an excellent way to expose young readers to new languages and cultures while also enhancing their language skills. By offering text in two languages, these books can help children acquire a second language and make the content accessible to readers who may not be fluent in one of the languages featured.
In this post, I've compiled a list of recommended bilingual picture books, with a focus on Chinese language resources, as my family is currently learning Mandarin at home. Right now it's actually all Chinese books, except one Vietnamese book. I would love to expand this list, so please comment below if you have a suggestion!
Whether you're looking to introduce your child to a new language or simply expand their reading horizons, these books are sure to delight and inspire young readers.
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Home for Chinese New Year by Wei Jie and Xu Can
Shiny Lantern (@shiny_lantern)
Little Sen's Chinese Holidays
Mr. Bear Shares Mangoes
The Great Race: The Story of the Chinese Zodiac by Ling and Eric Lee (@learnchinesewithtofu), illustrated by Rachel Foo
Katrina Liu (@minalearnschinese)
I Love Boba
Let's Go to the Farmer's Market
Let's Go on a Hike
Mina Goes to the Beach
Mina's First Day of School
Huy Voun Lee (@huyvounlee)
In The Snow
At The Beach
Lele And Monkey (@leleandmonkey)
Lele Goes Out To Play
Travel, Learn, and See (@ednamamd)
Travel, Learn, and See Your Friends, Shanghai, and the Great Wall
My Peach Tot (@mypeachtot)
This is more than a picture book; it's an interactive book.
My Lantern and the Fairy
Shop Lin Xin
Tiny Wrist (@tinywristco)
The Legend of Cuoi, the Man on the Moon
Do you know a fantastic book that would make a great addition to this list? I'd love to hear your recommendations! Please leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts. Thank you for helping make this list even better!
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