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Books in English re: Chinese Characters


At the Beach by Huy Voun Lee - In English, but with hints for re: how to remember various characters that are nicely contextualized in writing in the sand, the clouds, etc. (available from Amazon.com) - chericem1 chericem1

In the Snow by Huy Voun Lee - In English, but with hints for re: how to remember various characters that are nicely contextualized in writing in the snow, etc. (available from Amazon.com) - chericem1 chericem1

Lóng is a Dragon: Chinese Writing for Children - A children's book in English that emphasizes simple Chinese characters (available from Amazon.com) - chericem1 chericem1



Books in English About Chinese Culture


A Thousand Peaks: Poems from China - (available from Amazon.com) - chericem1 chericem1

Exploring Chinatown: A Children's Guide to Chinese Culture by Carol Stepanchuk - A children's book in English and Chinese that highlights elements of Chinese culture in the context of a trip through Chinatown in San Francisco (available from Amazon.com) - chericem1 chericem1

Great Ancient China Projects You Can Build Yourself (Build It Yourself series) (Paperback) – Written by an ESL teacher to give kids hands-on experiences with Chinese history using common household items (available from Amazon.com) - chericem1 chericem1

Made in China – An exquisitely beautiful book that takes the reader through important sites in China with traditional Chinese papercut illustrations – an excellent example of how the text and illustrations can work together to convey culture (available from Amazon.com) - chericem1 chericem1



Books in English About Chinese and Chinese Americans


Chinese and Chinese Americans in Children's & Young Adult Books - An annotated list of several children's picture books in English, along with links to biographies and interviews with Chinese American authors - chericem1 chericem1


Lesson Plans


Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See - Links to lesson plans and pedagogically sound activities for the book, as well as worksheets in Chinese - chericem1 chericem1

Dim Sum - An extensive set of lesson plans for an entire unit built around this book - chericem1 chericem1



Stories Online


ChengyuStoriesChineseIdioms.jpg - This site contains a collection of Chengyu stories based on Chinese idioms. Each story shows the stroke order for writing out the idiom, contains pin yin for each character, and allows students to roll over the text for an English translation.

IndexOfChineseFables.jpg - Wonderful collection of short, culturally authentic fables grounded in Chinese proverbs and narrated very slowly in Chinese by a native speaker from Wellesley College. Each fable is accompanied by drawings that support comprehension, as well as a short sequence of self-checking, oral comprehension questions that students answer by clicking the appropriate multiple-choice answer


Legends&FolktalesLogo.jpg - Click on the map of China to watch folktales narrated in Chinese or English



Sources for Books


Amazon.com (China) - In Chinese

AsianKids

AsianParent.com - Extremely well-designed site makes it easy to find children's books in either simplified or traditional Mandarin Chinese by age, type of book (Chinese classics or Western classics), etc. Also links to excellent articles in English for adoptive parents of children from China.

ChinaSprout.com - Products (including children's books) related to Chinese culture and education - chericem1 chericem1



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