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Chinese Culture Books

English books about the Chinese Culture, Chinese Adoption for Kids/Children including Chinese Poetry, Chinese History, and fun books with Chinese Legends
Adoption Books, Chinese, for Children and Adults Chinese Arts and Crafts
  • Handpicked Chinese Adoption Books for Children and Adults
  • Over 10 years experience selling to the FWCC Adoption Community
Chinese Arts and Crafts including Chinese Knotting, Calligraphy, Paper Folding, Chinese New Year Projects, Origami, how to books and more.  Great fun for the entire family.  For all ages!
English, Chinese Related, Ages 6+ Chinese Folktales and Legends Books
Chinese Books
Traditional Chinese Folktale books From Monkey King to Mulan to the Chinese Zodiac, and why Rat came first.
Chinese History Books for Children
Some Chinese history for kids:
  • Zheng Le who may have discovered American before Columbus
  • Chinese Inventions, such as gunpowder, the printing press, etc.
  • Chinese immigration to Gold Mountain (America) in 1840's
  • Building of  the Transcontinental Railroad
There are more, so check out this category.

The Lost Daughters of China by Karin Evans More 100 Best Children's Stories from China Bundle of Mandy and Pandy Books (2 books w CD)
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The Lost Daughters of China by Karin Evans More 100 Best Children's Stories from China Mandy and Pandy Play - "Ni Hao Ma" and "Let's Count" Board Book with CD
Abandoned girls, their journey to America, and the Search for a missing past by Karin Evans.
More from "100 Best" Children's Stories from China
  • 8 Chinese stories
  • Endpoints for child to think about moral lesson
  • With free accompanying Lesson Plan
  • Plus, 1 modern story set in Hong Kong

    English, softcover

BOOK 1: Mandy & Pandy say "Ni Hao Ma"

Mandy and Pandy teach their audience how to say the popular phrase "Ni Hao Ma?" = "How are you?"

BOOK 2: Mandy & Pandy Play "Let's Count"

Mandy & Pandy go around the neighborhood and practice counting in Chinese.


Fun with Chinese Knotting by Lydia Chen, Hardback, 160 pages Mandy and Pandy say, "Ni Hao Ma?" Board Book with CD In the Snow by Huy Voun Lee, English, Softcover
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Fun with Chinese Knotting by Lydia Chen, Hardback, 160 pages Mandy and Pandy say, "Ni Hao Ma?" Board Book with CD In the Snow by Huy Voun Lee, English, Softcover
Fun with Chinese Knotting by Lydia Chen,
Hardback, 160 pages
  • Hours of fun chinese projects for the family
  • Projects can be used to celebrate Chinese New Year and other important holidays
  • Easy to follow directions
Chinese board book for toddlers & babies

Mandy and Pandy play together and learn useful Chinese words.
With CD that has unique pacing that matches toddler abilities.

The real Mandy is a wonderful little girl from China, now living with her family in the US.

A mother and son practice writing Chinese characters in the snow. Introduces the characters for ten simple words.


Mandy and Pandy Play - Let's Count Board Book with CD Minutka, The Bilingual Dog by Anna Mycek-Wodecki, Simplified and English Wait, Hoho, Wait! with Nickelodeon's Ni Hao, Kai-lan, English, Softcover
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Mandy and Pandy Play - Let's Count Board Book with CD Minutka, The Bilingual Dog by Anna Mycek-Wodecki, Simplified and English Wait, Hoho, Wait! with Nickelodeon's Ni Hao, Kai-lan, English, Softcover
Mandy and Pandy Board Book - Ideal for toddlers
  • Mandy's best friend is Pandy, a giant panda bear
  • Interesting illustrations
  • Durable for toddler use


Minutka, The Bilingual Dog by Anna Mycek-Wodecki, Simplified and English

This book shows kids how much fun it is to be bilingual by introducing them to a teeny-tiny dog who is fluent in English and Chinese
Hooray!  Kai-Lan and her friends are building a toy car they can all ride inóbut HoHo can't wait until it's finished!

Mandy and Pandy Visit China Board Book with CD Colors of China by Shannon Zemlicka The Moon Lady by Amy Tan
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Mandy and Pandy Play - Let's Count Board Book with CD Colors of China by Shannon Zemlicka The Moon Lady by Amy Tan
  • Mandy & Pandy Visit China has wonderful illustrations and a CD.
  • The book is a board book, which is great for toddlers.
  • Pandy is Mandy's best friend and a giant panda bear.
  • This book features 18 beautifully illustrated pages.
Explains the significance of various colors in the history, physical features, and culture of China.
  • Grandmother tells Maggie, Lily, and June about one Moon Festival long ago when she had encountered the Moon Lady, who grants the secret wishes of those who ask.
  • Beautiful colored illustrations throughout the book
Celebrating the Dragon Boat Festival by Sanmu Tang, softcover, The Mouse Bride, Softcover Book: A Chinese Folktale, Bilingual English/Chinese Softcover Chinese Children Stories
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Celebrating the Dragon Boat Festival by Sanmu Tang, softcover The Mouse Bride - bilingual Chinese Folktale children's book in English and Chinese Traditional Characters Chinese Children Stories
The Ultimate Dragon Boat Book!
  • Explore the origins of the Dragon Boat Racing Festival
  • Chinese Customs
  • All about the races
Beautiful illustrations, written by an experienced dragon boat racer

A must-read this season!

The mouse leader is searching for the mightiest husband for his daughter, someone strong enough to protect her and the village from the cat. Story characters are illustrated in Chinese clothing. Fun book to read. Award winning illustrations. Bilingual in English & Traditional Chinese. Soft Cover. Chinese Children Stories, Traditional Characters, Soft Cover
Ancient Chinese Songs for the Greater Festivals by Charles F. Horne, English, 20 pages Mandy and Pandy Play Sports Board Book with CD Chinese Famous People Childhood Stories Book #6. Traditional Characters with Bo Po Mo. Soft Cover.
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Ancient Chinese Songs for the Greater Festivals by Charles F. Horne, English, 20 pages Mandy and Pandy Play Sports Board Book with CD Chinese Famous People Childhood Stories Book 6.  Traditional Characters with Bo Po Mo.  Soft Cover.
Ancient Chinese Songs for the Greater Festivals by Charles F. Horne, English, 20 pages
  • Ideal for toddlers
  • Mandy's best friend is Pandy, a giant panda bear
  • Interesting illustrations
  • Durable for toddler use
Join Mandy and Pandy on their adventures! Your child will try love them

Other Mandy and Pandy books:
Ni Hao Ma
Let's Play
2books-in-1 Bundle: Great Buy!
Ni Hao Ma and Let's Play


Chinese Famous People Childhood Stories Book 6.  A colorful picture book easy for children to understand & learn about the history of China. Traditional characters with Bo Po Mo.  Soft Cover.
Story of the Chinese Zodiac, Hardcover Book The Mouse Bride, Hardcover Book Yang the Third and the impossible family by Lensey Namioka
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Chinese Zodiac bilingual children's book in English and Chinese Traditional Characters The Mouse Bride - bilingual children's book in English and Chinese Traditional Characters Yang the Third and the impossible family by Lensey Namioka
How were the twelve animals chosen for the Chinese Zodiac?
And why does the rat come first? These, and other questions,
are answered in this hilarious version of the Chinese zodiac legend.


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  • Story characters are illustrated in detailed Chinese clothing
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Bilingual in English & Traditional Chinese. Hard Cover.
Can Mary keep her Chinese Culture, yet still fit in? Third daughter Mary Yang makes an unexpected new friend while trying to hide a kitten from her family in a challenge of American and Chinese Culture.
The Moon Maiden & Other Asian Folktales, English, Hard Cover Ten Mile Day Celebrating Chinese New Year: An Activity Book by Hingman Chan (Paperback)
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The Moon Maiden & Other Asian Folktales, English, Hard Cover Ten Mile Day - Building of the Transcontinental Railroad. Celebrating Chinese New Year: An Activity Book (Paperback)
  • Twelve folktales of China & East Asia come alive in this brightly illustrated children's book.
  • A great addition to world folktale collections.
Building of the Transcontinental Railroad that linked the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Over 6000 Chinese worked on it at one point. Celebrating Chinese New Year is a fun-filled craft, activity and resource book for the Chinese New Year.

Great resource book for families to learn Chinese traditions and culture.

The Magical Monkey King: Mischief in Heaven by Ji-Li Jian (paperback) Cat and Rat: The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac (softcover) The Greatest Power by Demi
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The Magical Monkey King: Mischief in Heaven by Ji-Li Jian (paperback) Cat and Rat: The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac (softcover) The Greatest Power by Demi.  English.  Hard Cover.
  • Join Monkey as he wins his title as King of the Monkeys,
  • Studies with a great sage to learn the secrets of immortality,
  • Even takes on the job as a royal gardener in the Kingdom of Heaven.
This book is an excellent first step into this magical world
Cat and Rat: The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac
Softcover, English. 

 Why Rat comes first in the Chinese Zodiac of 12 animals.
Long ago, a Chinese emperor challenges the children of his kingdom to show him the greatest power in the world, and all are surprised at what is discovered
Animals In The Stars - Chinese Astrology For Children by Gregory Crawford The Monkey King - Traditional Characters with Bo Po Mo and Pictures The Hunter
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Animals In The Stars - Chinese Astrology For Children by Gregory Crawford.  Hardcover. The Monkey King - Chinese Children's Picture Book in Mandarin and Traditional Characters with Bo Po Mo The Hunter
Animals In the Stars - Chinese Astrology For Children by Gregory Crawford. A perfect resource for all children seeking to know more about themselves, Chinese culture, and zodiac systems - as well as for those seeking the simple fun of animals and astrology.

  • The Monkey King, Traditional Characters, Bo Po Mo, Soft Cover
  • Features Monkey King's adventures as he and his band travel West to gather the scriptures.


After learning to understand the language of animals, Hui Li Bu the hunter, sacrifices himself to save his village.
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