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10 Best Chinese Interactive Ebooks for Preschoolers Ages 2-5

10 Best Chinese Interactive Ebooks for Preschoolers Ages 2-5

Start reading with the following 10 Best Interactive Chinese Ebooks for Preschoolers (Ages 2-5) recommended by JoJo. 

In a 2-year-long search for the best books for kids learning Chinese as a second language, JoJo’s team of immersion school educators, linguistic experts, parents and child testers read and reviewed over 4000 popular children’s picture books in print and digital format to find the best Chinese children's books for each age group.

Read our book selection and age-based book leveling criteria here.   

Since we know that many families do not have access to print copies of Chinese children's books at home, we decided to prioritize sharing our picks for the 40 best interactive ebooks for kids learning Chinese.  

We've divided our picks into four age groups and will present the top 10 books for each age. Below you will find the 10 Best Chinese Interactive ebooks for children ages 2-5. 

Some parents may be skeptical about the educational quality of ebooks, but here’s why ebooks and particularly animated ebooks are great—especially for kids who are reading in their community’s minority language. 

  1. It can be difficult and expensive to obtain print copies of Chinese books outside of China.
  2. Ebooks can vastly increase children’s reading exposure. Ebooks are accessible anywhere.
  3. Ebooks enable children to "read up" in a foreign language, even if they or their caregiver cannot read.
  4. Children love interactive ebooks.

    Ebook's most attractive feature may be their interactive, animated illustrations. These gently moving animations may resemble the "live photos" on your iPhone or the living photographs in the wizard newspapers of the Harry Potter movies. Animated illustrations can provide educational and developmental advantages over traditional static ebooks by allowing children to independently explore and interact with a book, somewhat similar to a guided reading experience with an adult.

    10 Best Interactive Chinese Ebooks for Preschoolers (Ages 2-5)

    1. No, David! 大卫,不可以 (dà wèi , bù kě yǐ )

    Author: David Shannon

    Country of origin: USA

    Best Chinese picture book ebook No David


    Description: This book is one of the David series of picture books, created by the bestselling picture-book author David Shannon based on his childhood paintings. When reading the book, children will see the text “NO, DAVID!” and a picture of David doing something he is not supposed to do repeated on every page. They will find his outrageously bad behavior both funny and relatable as they see themselves in David, and they will learn the words and phrases of parents' directions in Chinese.  



    2. Well Done, Little White Fish 太棒了 (tài bàng liǎo

    Author: Guido Van Genechten

    Country of origin: Belgium

    10 best chinese children's book ebook 太棒了

    10 best chinese interactive ebook for children

    Description: This is the first of four books from the Little White Fish series of picture books which has made it onto our recommended list. This series, created by Guido Van Genechten, is ideally suited for kids aged 2-5. This particular book focuses on vocabulary about feelings. Children will learn how to say words such as sad, shy, and happy. Since these are some of the first emotions children learn to express in English, they will feel empowered to be able to express these feelings in Chinese as well. Preschool-aged kids will also receive encouragement to practice pro-social behavior in this book when they see the ways that little white fish's friends help the little white fish. Finally, for fun and to practice visual discrimination, children can also play an interactive jigsaw game in this ebook!



    3. Little White Fish Has a Party 小白鱼过生日 (xiǎo bái yú guò shēng rì)

    Author: Guido Van Genechten

    Country of origin: Belgium


    10 best chinese children's ebook 小白鱼过生日

    10 best chinese interactive ebook for children

    Description: This is the second of the Little White Fish series picture books on our list. Little White Fish is getting big! Today is his second birthday, and everyone is invited to his party: thick and thin, long and short, straight and bent, happy and sad sea animals. Again, Van Genechten has weaved pro-social messages about inclusion into this educational and language-rich story. Young children will love this playful book and will learn Chinese vocabulary about opposites as they read!  


    4. Little White Fish Is So Happy 放学啦 (fàng xué la)

    Author: Guido Van Genechten

    Country of origin: Belgium

     10 best chinese children ebook for preschooler age 2-5

    Description: This is the third recommended book from the Little White Fish series. Little White Fish is so happy because mom is coming to pick him up! He says good-bye to his friends one by one. Bye-bye, snail in the shell! Bye-bye, frog on the rock! Bye-bye, seahorse under the leaf! Bye-bye, crab behind the stone! Bye-bye, goldfish between the reeds! This great book introduces Chinese position words, animal names, and helps kids practice saying goodbye!  


    5. Little White Fish Counts to 11 第11个在哪里 (dì 11 gè zài nǎ lǐ)

    Author: Guido Van Genechten

    Country of origin: Belgium

    10 best chinese books for preschoolers age 2-5 ebooks

    Description: The fourth and final book on our list from the Little White Fish series, Little White Fish Counts to 11 is an adorable book to help kids practice counting. Little White Fish and his friends are playing hide and seek. First, Little White Fish finds one friend, then two, then three, and then four. Now everyone has been found! But how many are there in the end? Children will enjoy counting and playing hide and seek with Little White Fish in Chinese!  


    6. Chameleon Sees Colors 我喜欢你的颜色 (wǒ xǐ huān nǐ de yán sè)

    Author: Anita Bijisterbosch

    Country of origin: Netherlands


    Best Chinese Children's book for preschooler ebook

    10 best chinese interactive ebook for children

    Description: Filled with bright hues that preschoolers love, this story, created by award-winnning Dutch author Anita Bijsterbosch, serves as a great introduction to color words. In the beginning, the chameleon thinks the world is black and white. When he looks carefully, however, he notices there are animals who are red, orange, yellow, green and purple. The world is full of colors! This sweet story will reinforce animal names while encouraging recognition of common Chinese characters for colors as well as the common word "喜欢", meaning "like". 


    7.  Ya! 呀! (ya)

    Author: Sifan Yang

    Country of origin: China


    10 best Chinese books for preschoolers Age 2-5 interactive ebook

    10 best Chinese ebooks for preschooler age 2-5

    10 best chinese interactive ebook for children

    Description: This is one of the most interactive and fun ebooks on our list! Children love helping each animal find its favorite food. On each page, the child can feed the animal by dragging and dropping the food with a finger. Limited text and repetitive sentence structures make this a book to help build the confidence of a budding reader. As kids practice new Chinese vocubulary about food, hopefully, they will be inspired to expand their own culinary horizons!  

    这本书是最有意思的动画书之一。 画风可爱,创意十足,还是中国原创!每个小动物都有各自喜爱的食物。动物和没事的搭配能够充分激发孩子的想象力,让孩子主动参与到有趣的游戏中来。孩子们不仅能感受到食物的魅力,没准儿还会爱上吃饭呢!打开着本动画书,让孩子跟着动物朋友们来一次有趣的创意美食之旅。

    8. Wrong? 错了 (cuò le)

    Author: Sifan Yang

    Country of origin: China


    10 best interactive Chinese ebooks for preschooler age 2-5

    10 best interactive Chinese ebooks for preschooler age 2-5

    10 best interactive Chinese ebooks for preschooler age 2-5

    Description: Made a mistake? Let’s fix it! This imaginative book allows children to use their fingers to solve problems. For example, they will find eight-lens glasses to match a spider with eight eyes. They will help a seahorse put on pants. Play to solve every task while learning the useful Chinese phrases "错了" and "不错". Additionally, children will learn Chinese words for different animals and will be inspired to think creatively.


    9 . Little Pig Joins The Band 乐队不能没有小猪 (lè duì bù néng méi yǒu xiǎo zhū)

    Author: David Hyde Costello

    Country of original: USA

     乐队不能没有小猪 10 best interactive Chinese Ebook for children

    乐队不能没有小猪 10 best interactive Chinese Ebook for children

    Description:  Am I too young to do this? Most little minds ponder this question mulltiple times a day. Just like the little pig in this book, 2-5 years old kids may have trouble keeping up with the adults and older kids around them. Little Pig is too small to play any of his Grandpa’s old marching-band instruments. He doesn’t know what to do; he can't find his position in the band. But when the disorganized band has a pig-pile mishap, Little Pig has a BIG idea--the band could use a leader. Everyone will smile when they read the last page of this adorable book. An inspiring reminder that, with a little patience, kids will find their own way.



    10 . See You Tomorrow! 明天见 (míng tiān jiàn)

    Author: Yong-Hui Kim

    Country of origin: Korea


    10 best interactive Chinese ebooks for preschooler age 2-5

    Description: What does preschool or kindergarten look like? What do children do there? How does one make friends there? This book answers questions your little one didn't even know he or she had about going to school. A great book to help quell some of the fears of a 2 to 5-year-old preparing to go to school while simultaneous teaching key Chinese vocabulary and phrases to use at school. 



    How Can I Access These Interactive Ebooks? 

    All 10 books can be accessed through the Ellabook App which contains an ever-growing library of Chinese picture books from around the world.  After reviewing several Chinese picture book Apps, JoJo chose to work with the Ellabook App because its quality and selection of books impressed us the most.  Read a detailed review of the Ellabook App by JoJo Co-founder, Christine. 


    From Qin Hua
    Chinese Immersion Expert & JoJo Educator in Residence

     Qin hua jojo educator in residence

    In my years teaching preschoolers, I found that there was so much going on in the minds of my 2- to 5-year-old students. Kids at that age are complete sponges--learning everything from how to use the toilet to how to write a sentence. 

    Most striking to me, however, is the growth in their social and communication skills! Kids acquire language more quickly between the ages of 3 and 7 than during any other period in their life. And they acquire this language by receiving input from the environment around them--anyone who has ever mistakenly let a bad word slip in the presence of a young child has probably learned this lesson the hard way! 

    Preschool aged children are hungry for language. Just watch the eagerness with which a class of 3- or 4-year-olds files into a classroom and sits down for story time. They love to listen to stories which not only introduce new concepts and vocabulary but reinforce familiar language patterns which they are working hard to master.

    Even as a teacher pre-COVID when in-person story time was a daily activity, my students still wanted more story time than our schedule could accommodate. Today, however, with so many kids at home learning virtually, I am confident that there are many many more 2- to 5-year-old children out there are starving for more high quality stories to fuel their little language-loving brains. 

    Since not all kids have access to high quality books at home and since not all families raising Chinese-speaking kids have fluent family members at home to read to them, we selected a list of the best 10 Chinese ebooks for 2- to 5-year-olds. All of these books are available on the animated ebook App Ellabook.
    If you have a 2- to 5-year-old, I highly recommend that you check them out. I bet your child will love them!

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