Mandarin Books for Kids - I Finally Chose Good!

I've been slower than a tortoise when it comes to finding fun, inspiring books for my children that are written Mandarin.

Last week, I finally got up the courage to ask the young man at Hess Bookstore, "What do you read?  What do you recommend as reading for my children, who love reading, if it is not in Mandarin?"

I invested some money in a few titles from different series.  This included the Kano 3-comic set, books introducing local and international geography and history in interesting ways, and poems and stories by one of Taiwan's favorite children's poets.

My kids devoured every single one of the books you see in these photos, and are waiting for me to earn enough money to complete the sets. I photographed them so you can simply show this post to people in your local bookstore or library.  I will try to get a list of titles and authors together, but I am so excited by my own discoveries, I want to post this up right away, even with a sideways photograph.


  1. Hello Katrina, Cute Tortoise! I am originally from New Zealand but my husband is Taiwanese and unfortunately my children all speak Chinese to me, even though I speak english back! So the reading of books in Chinese I usually give the task to my 8 year old daughter, I can read Chinese Characters if there are the bo po mo fo characters beside it, but then it can be pretty painful for my children to hear me read to them this way, lol. How old are your children and how long have you been living in Taiwan for? Take care and if you want pop into my blog and say hello :)

    1. Hi,

      The tortoise belongs to my children's school up in the hills of Keelung. I was in Taiwan for twenty years, but we've been back in NZ for nearly a year now. My children are 9 and 11 now, and they are thriving in the NZ school system. Being in a small town, it's been a challenge getting them to keep up the Mandarin, but now they have classes at school and the oldest child is an assistant in the class, which seems to be a cool thing to do.


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