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China Books for Kids

These are some of our favorite China Books for children we have come accross. They are a good introduction to the different themes, anything from the Great Wall to Chinese Festivals.

They are all nicely illustrated, some include Music CDs or CD-Roms with interactive activities to draw the kids into the stories and keep them engaged. We have indicated the recommended age group for each book.

We encourage you to visit your local library and check them out. Some of them are certainly keepers we have enjoyed paging through them again and again.

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Our selection of China Books for Children

Learn More About China, its Culture and People

Learn About The Great Wall of China

Learn About the Terracotta Warriors

China Activity Books for Children

Chinese Festivals and Chinese New Year

Chinese Zodiac

Chinese Recipe Books for Children

About Chinese Dragons for Children

Learning Chinese for kids

Learn more about China

China Books for Children

China (DK Eyewitness Book)

Ages: 9 and up. DK Eyewitness Books are some of our favorites. This is one of their first "Country Books" and they do a remarkable job at highlighting topics that take you from traditional China to a modern day-to-day China: language, family life, festivals, religion, food...
With the wonderful color photos, clip art CD and poster included, this book is a keeper.
"Eye-popping...It's a text, but also a trip educators, students and parents can enjoy taking together." -- Minnesota Educator magazine

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China Books for Children

Ancient China (DK Eyewitness Book)

Ages: 9 and up. Learning Chinese History has never been more fun! The First Emperor, the Silk Road, the teachings of Confucious, and more... we enjoyed the section on Chinese inventions... that came from China?...
This book is one of a series on Ancient Civilizations: Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, are also wonderful.
...a mini museum between the covers of a book. [Eyewitness series] -- The New York Times

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All About China: Stories, Songs, Crafts and More for Kids

Ages: 9 and up. A beautiful and engaging book, the illustrations alone are worth a peek. As the title says, it's all about China.
It takes you on a historical journey... inventions, dynasties, landmarks, colorful festivals, until the present day and every day life in China.
Although incredibly comprehensive covering many aspects of China, it is very manageable for children. It is not only informative and a great resource but also entertaining. A topic like Feng Shui will be approached with the children's bedrooms as examples, and the activities are fun as well, easy long life noodles recipes, chinese new year crafts, etc.
It's available as Kindle download and the graphics look quite stunning in the iPad!

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My China Travel Journal

Ages: 4-8. This book is first in a series by Whole Wide World Toys, a small family-owned company that develops multicultural books and toys that teach children about fascinating world cultures and faraway places to inspire curiosity in their little minds.
My China Travel Journal is the story of Emma (9) and Joe (7) and their adventures in China, flying kites with their new Chinese friends, spotting strange vegetables at the market, eating candied crab apples from the street vendors... Lots of fun pictures make the book come to life. This is NOT a travel journal for kids to record their travel experience, it is about Emma and Joe's experience in China!
The e-book is FREE with Kindle Unlimited!

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Welcome to China (DK Children's Books)

Ages: 6-8. This book is ideal for children who are beginning to read alone. Perfect as a "China Travel Guide for Kids" and published by the same people of the adult DK Eyewitness Travel Guides.
The wonderful photographs, illustrations and stories for this age group, let children find out about China's history, its culture and what day to day life is like now.
This is a small booklet which can be easily carried while traveling. Explanations are short with pictures on all pages. Kids get a glimpse at China's major cities, all from traditional Hutongs to the Maglev train, as they learn about Pandas, the Three Gorges Dam, the Terracotta Army...
This book is part of the DK Readers series, the multilevel program that encourages reading skills as well as general knowledge. This book is a Level 3, for children reading alone but not yet proficient readers.

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Kids' Travel Guide - China: The fun way to discover China - especially for kids (Kids' Travel Guide series)

Ages: 6-12. Leonardo will be your guide! Together you will discover Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou...
And along the way you will learn not only about the places, but all about Chinese life, customs, festivals, food and history through games and quizzes that will keep the kids engaged.
This is part of a very popular series for little travelers, or travelers from home that give you a glimpse of some really fantastic places!

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More from the "Kids' Travel Guide" Series...

D Is for Dancing Dragon: A China Alphabet

Ages: 4-8. A fascinating glimpse into Chinese culture for younger children. Two rhyming sentences for each letter of the alphabet highlight people, places, and things commonly associated with China, including the Great Wall, pandas, Chinese New Year, kites...
Beautiful graphics with text for the younger child to understand are accompanied by additional detailed explanations on each page, allowing this book to grow with your children.
A is for Acrobats... B is for Beijing... C is for Chopsticks... kids will learn all about lanterns, kites, woks, the Great Wall...
Free with Kindle Unlimited!

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China ABCs: A Book About the People and Places of China

Ages: 5-11. In a format similarly to the above where each letter of the alphabet is assigned a "topic" about Chinese history, geography, nature, etc.
Although the reading level is suitable for young children, some of the topics are more geared towards the older ones, the title says it itself "People and Places", 5 year-olds probably won't care much about M is for Mao. That said, the information and illustrations are top notch, for any kids interested in learning about people, places and history, this book is a gem, all told in very easy and interesting language.
For more general topics about Chinese culture or a light introduction, D is for Dancing Dragon above would make a better choice.

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Look What Came from China!

Ages: 7 and up. From the series "Look what came from..." the China edition does not dissapoint.
Great for use in the classroom, it describes many of the things that originated in China, not only inventions but also food, arts and crafts, medicine, musical instruments, sports and games...
Kids will have fun discovering things that we see or use in our every day lives that actually originated in China.

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The Silk Route: 7,000 Miles of History

Ages: 6 and up. A wonderful picture book that takes you on a caravan accross the Silk Road and all the stops along the way.
Each page brings to life the different cultures encountered as the caravan traverses the vast and diverse lands, making a great introduction to this important part of Chinese history.

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Books About The Great Wall of China

You Wouldn't Want to Work on the Great Wall of China!: Defenses You'd Rather Not Build

Ages: 4-8. This book is not only about the Great Wall, but an excellent and fun way to illustrate life in Ancient China.
It has been used in classrooms as support material.
The book is packed with facts and graphics making it a fun learning experience for the kids.
This book is part of the "You wouldn't want to..." series of books covering other Ancient civilizations, including the popular "You wouldn't want to be a Roman Gladiator!" and "You wouldn't want to be an Egyptian Mummy!"

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More from the "You Wouldn't Want to" Series...

The Great Wall: The story of 4,000 miles of earth and stone that turned a nation into a fortress

Ages: 9 and up. Tells the story of the events leading up to the building of the Great Wall, from the battles and conflict between the Han Chinese and the Nomadic Mongols and throughout the various Chinese dynasties. The abundant graphics, map and timeline add much to the story and keep the youngsters interested.

This book is part of the "Wonders of the World" book series, which also include tittles as "Taj Mahal: A Story of Love and Empire" and "The Great Pyramid: The story of the farmers, the god-king and the most astonding structure ever built"

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Where Is The Great Wall?

Ages: 8 - 12. Part of a New York Times best-selling series that includes "Where Are The Great Pyramids" and "Where is the Grand Canyon"...
This book examines the Great Wall outlining why it was constructed, Chinese rulers and tribes such as the Mongols, who invaded the empire; the intense manpower required to build the Wall in a time before machines and earth-moving equipment, the people who lived at and protected the Wall and the Communist Party's actions to preserve the Great Wall and promote it to the world.

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Xian's Terracotta Army

The Emperor's Silent Army: Terracotta Warriors of Ancient China

Ages: 9 and up. A Story of hidden arrows, a poisoned king, hidden treasures... It tells the story of how the first statues were discovered by the farmers and the archaeologists later discovery of thousands upon thousands of figures after being buried for more than 2,000 years. It also touches on the story of Emperor Qin and his measures in building the army to protect him in his afterlife.
The many color photographs, computer images, maps and charts draw children and adults alike into this fascinating story behind one of China's greatest archeological treasures.

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Hidden Army: Clay Soldiers of Ancient China

Ages: 5-9. For the little ones, this is the "lite" version of the above book by the same author.
It combines real photos as well as illustrations to tell the story of this amazing site in a more basic reading level suitable for smaller children.
If you will be taking a trip to Xian with the kids it gives you an excellent introduction and will add so much more to the experience when seeing the clay soldiers face to face knowing the story behind them, about the Emperor that command it, the farmers that found the site, etc.

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China Books for Kids - Activity Books

Moonbeams, Dumplings and Dragon Boats: A Treasury of Chinese Holiday Tales, Activities and Recipes

Ages: 4 and up, some of the activities adequate for older children or to make with adult supervision.
Chinese New Year, the Moon Festival, the Lantern Festival... some of China's famous festivals, the legends, customs, foods and fun crafts to get ready for the festivities.
A beautiful watercolor painting introduces each festival. The book is organized by following the Chinese traditions/festivals through the course of a year.
Stories, recipes, activities are paired with each holiday to give you a full sense of what happens on each one of these special occasions.

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China: Over 40 Activities to Experience China Past and Present

Ages: 9 - 12. It's hard to beat this colorful hands-on introduction to China, the landscape, history and culture in a very engaging way.
Children learn not only how to say "tea" but also to have their very own "tea ceremony".
With over 40 activities to try, they will learn about feng shui and applying it to everyday life, try their hand at Chinese Calligraphy and more.

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Marco Polo for Kids: His Marvelous Journey to China, 21 Activities (For Kids series)

Ages: 9 and up. Join Marco Polo as he journeys from Venice to China and encounters the many cultures along the Silk Road.
Activities include making a mythical map, creating a mosaic, fun with Feng Shui, making paper, and putting on a wayang-kulit (shadow-puppet play).
Just for fun, kids will learn a few words of Turkish, Persian, Mongol, Hindi, and Chinese.

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Chinese New Year: Activities for Children

Ages: 6 - 12. Great activities and crafts including Chinese lanterns, paper dragons, a Panda paper bag puppet, a traditional Chinese hat!
Not only for the celebrations, other activities will let you learn about China: a model of the Forbidden City, the Chinese Flag, Chinese play money, the map of China...

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Celebrating Chinese New Year: An Activity Book

Ages: 5-10. Celebrating Chinese New Year is a fun-filled craft, activity and resource book.
In addition to basic facts and history of the Chinese New Year and Chinese Zodiac, you can make a dragon parade, a paper lantern, and red lucky envelopes following simple directions and examples in this activity book.
An excellent resource for parents and teachers!

More Children's Books about Chinese New Year on the next section.

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Chinese Festivals and Chinese New Year

Bringing in the New Year

Ages: 2-6. A great story book for little ones with beautiful drawings as this Chinese-American family gets ready for the celebrations and all the traditions surrounding this wonderful time of the year... the decorations, hanging lanterns, making dumplings, new clothes ...and a surprise at the end of the book as the dragon parade approaches...

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Hiss! Pop! Boom! Celebrating Chinese New Year

Ages: 4-8. This is one of our favorites. The brush painting drawings and calligraphy are beautiful, the stories wonderfully told, easy for the children to follow and understand what Chinese New Year is about.
The book covers the highlights of this traditional fest, the Lion Dances, Firecrakers, the Family Fest, Red Envelopes, the Parades and the culmination with the Lantern Festival.
"Hiss!" and "Pop!" snap the firecrackers. "Boom!" says the drum to the Lion Dancer. Chinese New Year is here! Beautiful Chinese brush painting and elegant calligraphy illustrate each moment of the New Year celebration. Share the traditions with your child, and learn a few new things too!

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Awakening the Dragon: The Dragon Boat Festival

Ages: 4-8.

Been to the races? Children will learn more about this colorful fest, how boats are built, how rowers prepare, the traditional foods, and more...

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Chinese Zodiac Stories

The Great Race

Ages: 4-8.

This is the legend of the Chinese Zodiac and the race held by the Jade Emperor where the animals competed for that place of honor in the Chinese calendar...

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Tales from the Chinese Zodiac Series

This is our favorite series of Chinese Zodiac stories for the little ones. "Tales from the Chinese Zodiac" by Oliver Chin, are fun short stories introducing the different animals of the Chinese Zodiac and their traits, not exactly to learn about the traditions of Chinese New Year per se, but light reads incorporating the animals and their own little adventures.

The series started in 2006 with the Year of the Dog, and a new one has been published every year, around Chinese New Year time. The entire 12-animal series is now complete!

Check out which animal corresponds to your year of birth here!

Chinese Food and Recipes for Kids

The Young Chef's Chinese Cookbook (I'm the Chef)

Ages: 9 and up. This is a fun one for the kids. There are 15 recipes they can try, including some of our all-time favorites: fried rice, corn soup and sweet and sour prawns or chicken, pork.
Most of the ingredients used are all easy to get at your regular grocery store, some like the Chinese mushrooms are easily obtained at the Chinese Grocer.

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Dim Sum Cookbook: Easy to Follow Chinese Dim Sum Recipes

This Dim Sum Cookbook that will teach you 30 easy and affordable, popular Dim Sum recipes that can be made in your kitchen at home.
That's right! Each recipe will be equipped with precise ingredient quantities and easy to follow directions so as to ensure that every dish you make is a successful one.

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The World In My Kitchen: Global recipes for kids to discover and cook

This is a fantastic book that is more than just a cookbook, it gives history, geography and combines it with a recipe.
The recipes selected from China, Thailand, Morocco, Mauritius, Italy, Spain, Finland, Canada, Mexico, Peru and Brazil are created independently for children and safety is uppermost.

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About Chinese Dragons

A Time of Golden Dragons

Ages: 9 and up. So what does it mean to be born in the year of the dragon?
This is not only a great picture book, it also introduces the early readers to the many facts and legends about the origins and meanings of the dragon in Chinese culture and life.
"...accurate, colourful, detailed illustrations that allow the reader to visualize and remember the significance of China's dragon symbols." –Calliope

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Learning Chinese for Kids

First Thousand Words in Chinese

Ages: 5 and up. With Internet-Linked Pronunciation Guide (Usborne Internet-Linked First Thousand Words)
This is a great introduction for kids and yes, it does come with 1000 words. It is a picture book with labels in simplified Chinese (used throughout Mainland China) and pin yin, and to learn the pronounciation, the internet resource comes very handy.
Things and activities are featured, kids get to learn some basic words about things at home, in the kitchen, in the city, the park, the kindergarten, the farm, etc.

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Chinese and English Nursery Rhymes: Share and Sing in Two Languages

Ages: All! This are Nursery Rhymes but even adults will enjoy this CD and beautifully illustrated book.
"Hickory Dickory Dock" shares a spread with "Little Mouse," a rhyme about a mouse that climbed a lamp to eat the oil and can't get down.
Chinese songs are paired up with an English counterpart, and presented in simplified characters, pinyin and English translation.
A lot of fun facts to learn about Chinese Culture throughout the book.

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Chinese for Kids Flash Cards Kit Vol 1

Ages: Preschoolers to Age 12. Includes 64 flash cards, Audio CD, booklet guide and poster.
Exactly what flash cards should be, fun and easy to use!
Pictures are attractive and come with the writing diagrams in the back, which are easy to follow.
This is a fun way for kids to learn their first words in Chinese: colors, fruits, animals, clothes, etc.

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More Chinese for Kids Flash Cards

Ages: Preschoolers to Age 12. Includes 64 flash cards, Audio CD, booklet guide and poster.
It picks up where Chinese for Kids Flash Cards Volume 1 left off. It builds on what you already learned with more everyday easy words and phrases.
This volume includes nature, opposites, going places, etc.

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