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Some tips on building a Chinese library

January 5, 2016

A bilingual mom’s got a nice blog series going about about building up a Chinese library for her bilingual kids. Note that she’s from Taiwan and is only talking about books in traditional characters. This won’t be helpful to folks with kids in programs that teach simplified, which are the majority in the U.S. But even so it’s a nice overview of some of the issues and gives you some insight into what’s available and what to look for.

 

Building A Chinese Library for the Kids

Now that both kids are reading, suddenly it seems that my Chinese Collection is no longer enough so meet their needs.   I’ve been crossing my eyes the last few nights trying to find more level-appropriate books for the children.  I think it’s time to document what we have in our library, what I really love and recommend, and what I’m looking to buy for my own reference.  As much as I love Evernote, it’s hard to wade through months of bookmarks at a time.

I was all set to start listing books I really like and recommend, but then remembered where I was when I started buying books for Thumper, 8 years ago.  I had no idea that children’s books are a field in itself.  There’s also the issue that building a Chinese library for kids in the US is a difficult task.  So this post is turning into a series of posts instead.

I will start with a background on the books (this post), then talk about local and not so local libraries, some popular authors and publishers if you had a limited time to find books, then basically go shelf by shelf, category by category, in my current collection,  Maybe end with where and how to buy books for the budget conscious.

Please read more here.

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