Chinese Learning Resources Created by Moms

mama-made resources to learn chinese

Uncover these Chinese Learning Resources crafted by Mama-Entrepreneurs. Explore my favorite selection of books and products, passionately created by mothers to foster a love of the Chinese language. Perfect for baby showers or birthdays, these resources make delightful gifts for young Chinese learners. 大家加油!

Mama-made Chinese Learning Products and Resources

bilingual Chinese educational posters by A Little Chinese

A Little Chinese

Location: United States
Language: English, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, and Pinyin
Category: Books, Posters

Educational posters, books, and digital content for your little ones! Available in Traditional or Simplified characters. Perfect for your home and classrooms.

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Baby Snack Time and Baby Tea Time Chinese board books

Baby Snack Time

Location: United States
Language: English, Traditional Chinese, and Pinyin
Category: Books, toys, gifts

Judy Li, is a Taiwanese American author who aims to help young readers see themselves mirrored in books that they read and be exposed to their heritage language and culture in a fun and engaging way. Baby Snack Time is a counting book that highlights nostalgic snacks that many Asian families grew up enjoying. And in Baby Tea Time, Judy invites young readers to explore the amazing tea and food traditions from various regions in Asia. Both books feature the most adorable characters and illustrations.

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Order from the Baby Snack Time website


Bao Bao Learns Chinese

Location: United States, New York
Language: English, Simplified Chinese, Pinyin
Audio: Mandarin
Category: Books

One of the best ways to learn Mandarin is through songs. Bao Bao Learns Chinese offers beautiful nursery rhymes and children’s songs, from both the East and the West. Created and sung by a mom in Brooklyn, NY, each song is repeated twice at a touch of a button and is written in Mandarin, English, and Pinyin. The perfect way for your little one to learn Mandarin in a fun and engaging way.

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Collection of bilingual Chinese board books by Bitty Bao

Bitty Bao

Location: United States, Southern California
Language: English, Traditional Chinese, Zhuyin, and Pinyin; Simplified with Pinyin; Cantonese with Jyutping
Category: Books and Merchandise

Bitty Bao’s mouth-watering bilingual bitty books for bitty babes are the perfect board books for your little library!

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Bilingual Kiddos

Location: Adelaide, Australia
Language: English, Simplified with Pinyin
Category: Books and Merchandise

In this mama’s latest publication, young readers can delve into the world of Chinese festivals through a bilingual (Simplified Chinese and English) format. Vibrant and captivating illustrations are infused with numerous details and characters, providing endless opportunities for discovery. The book showcases multicultural families embracing both Chinese and Western holidays while introducing a total of 48 Chinese phrases to the reader. This is the perfect tool to cultivate cultural awareness and curiosity in children.

My Bilingual Book of Festivals features the following special occasions:

  • New Year’s Day 元旦 (Yuán dàn)
  • Lunar New Year 农历新年 (Nóng lì xīn nián)
  • Easter 复活节 (Fù huó jié)
  • Tomb Sweeping Festival 清明节 (Qīng míng jié)
  • Dragonboat Festival 端午节 (Duān wǔ jié)
  • Mid-Autumn Festival 中秋节 (Zhōng qiū jié)
  • Halloween 万圣节 (Wàn shèng jié)
  • Christmas 圣诞节 (Shèng dàn jié)

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Boba Bear

Location: New Jersey, USA
Language: English, Simplified with Pinyin
Category: Books and Merchandise

Ran Wei Baker (位然) is a Chinese American mom turned children’s book author based in Maplewood, NJ. The Boba Bear Bilingual series is Ran’s first self-published children’s board book. She saw a need for more bilingual books in the children’s books market, especially for modern families like hers with mixed-heritage and multilingual children.

Boba Bear is Ran’s love letter to her daughter, Lily. She wanted to create relatable and engaging learning books that make reading a fun experience for both parents and children, in hopes that multicultural kids like Lily can find joy and take pride in seeing books on the shelves that celebrate their culture and language.

Order from the Boba Bear website


two children next to an educational Bopomofo Zhuyin poster hanging on a wall

Bopomofo Zhuyin Poster

Location: Taiwan, Taipei
Language: English, Traditional Chinese, Zhuyin
Category: Books, posters

This colorfully illustrated “bopomofo” alphabet poster is the bopomofo poster today’s parents wish had existed when they were kids themselves. It’s designed to help new Chinese learners remember their bopomofo while learning some simple Chinese vocabulary.

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Curio Book Club

Location: United States
Language: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Category: Books

Curio provides a selection of timeless classics and contemporary award-winning picture books, sourced and curated from indie publishers in Taiwan as well as popular titles from around the world in children’s literature. In addition, they offer hard-to-find creative popup interactive books designed to inspire lifelong bilingual learning. Each shipment, which is sent out every 3 months, includes a unique collection of 3-4 picture books in Traditional or Simplified Chinese, accompanied by reading guides and audio read-alongs.

Check out what came in our first Curio box!

Get 10% off Curio Books with code mbmandarin


Photo credit: Curious Little Bao

Curious Little Bao 好奇的小宝

Location: United States
Language: Simplified or Traditional Chinese, Pinyin, and English
Category: Books

Curious Little Bao Likes to Help 好奇的小宝爱帮忙 will show our child how to be a good helper! This 6″ x 6″ board book contains 24 pages of whimsical yet realistic illustrations combined with simple sentences and repetitive keywords to help little ones remember the theme and messages. 

Get 20% off for the month of May with promo code: mama20 (case sensitive).

Order from Curious Little Bao 好奇的小宝


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Dot Line Curve

Location: Switzerland (global shipping available)
Language: English, Traditional Chinese (Hong Kong)
Category: Books, Flashcards, Posters

Dot Line Curve designs beautiful educational materials to encourage a visual and hands-on approach to Chinese learning.

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Dou Dou Books

Location: Switzerland (global shipping available)
Language: English, Traditional Chinese (Hong Kong)
Category: Books, Flashcards, Posters

Developed by a teacher with over 20 years of experience, Dou Dou Books is a beginner-level Chinese reading series for children ages 3-7. Each book is beautifully illustrated and teaches simple phrases through effective repetition.

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Set of bilingual Chinese board books by Duck Duck Books

Duck Duck Books

Location: United States, Washington
Language: English, Traditional Chinese/Pinyin, Simplified Chinese/Pinyin, Cantonese/Jyutping, Spanish
Category: Books

Duck Duck Books publishes multilingual children’s board books that foster social and emotional early learning. Read my review

Use promo code “Mamababymandarin” for free Continental US shipping ($4.99 savings)


EDkidshome

Location: Toronto, Canada
Language: English, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, French, Korean
Category: Printables

EDkidshome offers minimalistic yet aesthetic educational printables in multiple languages. Free printables are also available at Edkidshome.com.


Fish Tales and Rhymes

Location: Texas, United States
Language: English, Simplified Chinese, Pinyin
Category: Board Books


Fish Tales and Rhymes is a line of bilingual musical board books by Angelina Wong-Jardin! Each book features colorful illustrations and interactive buttons that play classic and new Chinese songs and rhymes. The catchy tunes and playful lyrics are sure to capture your child’s attention and make learning Chinese a fun and enjoyable experience. These books are the perfect tool for parents who want to introduce their children to Chinese language and culture through music.

Order from the fishtalesandrhymes.com


Young child reading Habbi Habbi bilingual Chinese books with their reading wand to learn Chinese

Habbi Habbi

Location: United States, SF Bay Area
Language: English, Simplified Chinese, Pinyin, Mandarin
Audio: English and Mandarin (Mainland)
Category: Books and reading wand/reading pen

Habbi Habbi books cover a range of topics that teach kindness, empowerment, diversity, and life skills. The wand reads in Chinese and English. These bilingual children’s books are written in Simplified Chinese with Pinyin and English. Read my review

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Indigrow

Location: India
Language: English, Simplified Chinese, Pinyin
Category: Books and activities

With more than 26 mini stories, The A to Z of Chinese Culture Play Book helps your little ones explore and celebrate Chinese Culture.  Take a magical journey with each letter as you explore all the delightful foods, languages, people, clothes, festivals and so much more.

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Language monkey bilingual Chinese encyclopedia set and reading pen

Language Monkey

Location: New Zealand
Language: English, Simplified Chinese, Pinyin
Audio: English, Mandarin, and Cantonese (all in one)
Category: Books, recordable audio stickers, and reading pen

Learn Chinese without screen time, CDs, Computers, or any ability to read! The Language Monkey reading pen and books are a fun way to develop your child’s Chinese vocabulary and encourage independent learning.

You can also add audio to your books at home with Language Monkey recordable audio stickers!

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Lele and Monkey bilingual Chinese picture book by Tiffany Kwan
Photo credit: Lele and Monkey

Lele and Monkey

Location: United States, Southern California
Language: English, Traditional Chinese and Pinyin; Cantonese with Jyutping, Simplified with Pinyin (coming soon)
Category: Books

Lele Goes Out to Play is a book about a boy’s adventures in Hong Kong with his stuffed monkey! The playful story helps young children develop everyday social language. You can also listen to the Lele and Monkey podcast for more Chinese learning!

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image credit: Little Dot Chinese

Little Dot Chinese

Location: United States, SF Bay Area
Language: English, Traditional Chinese, Zhuyin
Category: Learning Boxes/Kits

Little Dot Chinese offers fun, engaging, and Montessori-inspired Chinese learning journeys for young kids 3 and up. Theme-based learning fueled by picture books, hands-on activities, and media support.

Order at littledotchinese.com


Collection of bilingual Chinese board books by Lil' Dumpling Publications

Lil’ Dumpling Press

Location: United States, Texas
Language: English, Simplified Chinese, Pinyin
Category: Books

Learn simple Chinese characters and vocabulary through recipes, real photos, and high-contrast graphics.

Get 15% off with promo code “MAMABABY15”


Tastes of Lunar New Year bilingual Chinese picture book by Big Cities Little Foodies

Little Picnic Press

Location: United States, SF Bay Area
Language: English, Traditional Chinese
Category: Books

Books for modern families that celebrate food, language, and cultural diversity.

Order at littlepicnicpress.com


MamaJia

Languages: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Mandarin Pinyin, Cantonese Jyutping

MamaJia designs handcrafted toddler-friendly bilingual busy books, activities, and learning tools to help children embrace both languages. Where possible, these products incorporate carefully selected pictures to familiarize little ones with Chinese culture and traditions.

Etsy discount FRIEND10 for 10% off

Order from her Etsy Shop


Toddler boy learning Chinese with flashcards by Mandarin Prodigies

Mandarin Prodigies

Location: Australia
Language: English, Simplified Chinese, Pinyin
Category: Books, Flashcards

This set of High-quality flashcards with matching label cards. will teach your child the Chinese characters for 30 different animals. Simplified Chinese with Pinyin

Learn Chinese characters and simple sentences with Mandarin Prodigies’ beautifully illustrated Montessori-inspired learning materials.

Get 10% off everything in the store with promo code “mama10”


Child learning Chinese characters on an ipad using Maomi Stars, and education language app

Maomi Stars

Location: Hong Kong
Language: English, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Pinyin
Category: Learning APP, Books

Maomi Stars colorful kitties teach Chinese through books and a gamified app. Maomi stories are written in Traditional Chinese and Pinyin. The app is available in Traditional and Simplified.

Get a FREE 15-day trial of Maomi Stars App Gold Plus Membership with class code “MMBB22”
**Valid for the first 30 users. Learn how to use the class code**


Metta Play

Location: Australia
Language: English, Simplified Chinese, Pinyin
Category: Flashcards, games

Metta Play has designed these ingenious cards for multiple purposes, including learning, playtime, and physical activity. They can serve as conventional flashcards to teach Chinese and English vocabulary and expressions. Alternatively, they can function as a memory game to enhance a child’s cognitive abilities. Furthermore, they can spark inspiration for exercise by introducing various enjoyable yoga poses suitable for children.

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Set of 4 bilingual Chinese picture books by Katrina Liu

Mina Learns Chinese

Location: United States, SF Bay Area
Language: English, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Pinyin
Category: Books

Follow along on Mina’s adventures in these Bilingual stories. These books are written in Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Pinyin, and English

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Miss Panda Chinese

Location: United States, Washington DC
Language: English, Traditional Chinese, and Pinyin; Simplified Chinese with Pinyin
Category: Books

Amanda Hsiung-Blodgett, known as “Miss Panda,” is an experienced teacher and mother who has created two enjoyable and captivating Chinese learning books. “Little Bun: A Bilingual Storybook About Feelings” introduces twelve crucial emotions in both English and Chinese, while “FIRST MANDARIN SOUNDS: An Awesome Bilingual Word Book” highlights 37 fundamental Mandarin sounds, accompanied by vibrant illustrations and engaging look-and-find pages featuring high-frequency Chinese words.

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Mooliprint

Location: United Kingdom
Language: English, Simplified Chinese, Pinyin
Category: Books

Mooliprint is a series of Chinese phrasebooks for parents that are available in Cantonese or Mandarin.

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Music & Tales

Location: United States
Language: English, Traditional Chinese with Pinyin
Category: Books

Isabelle Engler is the author of the Learning Songs with Colors singable book series, NICU and pediatric music therapist, and founder of Music & Tales

Engler shares, “I love creating mindfully-designed and research-based resources that enable caregivers and teachers to promote social-emotional and language learning. Outside of my book, I get to use music to help NICU babies and parents towards healing and well-being and regularly perform classical chamber concerts for families outside of medical settings. My bilingual singable book Learning Songs with Colors: The Fishing Song was published in July 2022.” 

More books are coming in 2023 and 2024. Follow @musicandtales to stay tuned and visit musicandtales.org for free bilingual scores and more info.


MyPeachTot

Location: United States
Language: English, Simplified Chinese, Pinyin
Category: Books

Learn Chinese with MyPeachTot, an interactive book series with phonics games, Mandarin pronunciation, and Chinese Nursery Rhymes. Includes downloadable MP3 songs, interactive ebook, and worksheets.

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Our Little Mando

Location: United States, New York
Language: English, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Pinyin
Category: Books

One Little Pig is a bilingual counting book that introduces little ones to Chinese through playful rhymes in Mandarin! 

Get 10% off with promo code “MAMA2022”


SeedLingo

Location: United States
Language: Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Pinyin, English
Category: Flash Cards, Posters, Merchandise

Teacher mama April Wu is a Mandarin Dual Language Immersion teacher raising a trilingual toddler. Her side hustle, Seedlingo, aims to support families in raising bilingual children. She created A Little Bilingual’s World Chinese-English bilingual flash cards with Montessori-inspired activities and a multi-level teaching guide to provide caregivers with non-traditional approaches to teaching and fun, engaging activities for learners!

Order from the Seedlingo website


Traditional Chinese flashcards designed and printed by Shih-Ting Huang

Shih-Ting Huang’s Flashcards

Location: United States, Texas
Language: Traditional Chinese
Category: Flashcards, music instruction, printables

These are high-quality flashcards to teach Traditional Chinese characters. The reverse side has a Chinese phrase to support the character on the front. (No Zhuyin)

Order from stviolin.com


Little Sen's Chinese Holidays, a bilingual Chinese picture book by Yujia Zhao

Shiny Lantern

Location: United States, Southern California
Language: English, Simplified Chinese
Category: Books

Learn about six major Chinese holidays through this delightful book filled with whimsical illustrations. This bilingual children’s book is written in Simplified Chinese and English.

Get 20% off plus FREE shipping with promo code “SHINY” at shinylantern.com


My Favorite Gift, bilingual Chinese picture book by Spark Collection
image credit: Spark Collection

Spark Collection

Location: United States
Language: English, Simplified Chinese, Pinyin
Category: Books

Spark Collection’s debut product is a bilingual lift-the-flap storybook that is thoughtfully designed to teach language from early exposure to reading and writing. Features include character lift-the-flaps, dry-erase writeable interior, and a free audiobook. Their books are also available in Hindi and Korean.

Get 15% off with promo code “MAMA15”


image of the inside of a Bilingual Chinese board book by Sunbridge Books next to two sets of chopsticks
image credit: Sunbridge Books

Sunbridge Books

Location: United States
Language: English, Simplified Chinese, Pinyin
Category: Books

Learn Chinese with Bobo as he celebrates Chinese culture through delicious foods and holidays.

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小番茄 bilingual Chinese board book by The Bund Books

The Bund Books

Location: United States, New York
Language: English, Simplified Chinese, Pinyin
Category: Books

The Bund’s debut book is 小番茄, about a young tomato that’s desperate to turn red. This cute rhyming story teaches self-love. There are two more books on the way this year!

Get 20% off of promo code MAMABABYMANDARIN


Travel, Learn, and See by Edna Ma, a bilingual Chinese picture book

Travel, Learn, and See Bilingual Books

Location: United States, Southern California
Language: English, Simplified Chinese, Pinyin
Category: Books

Read about Dean and Ethan’s Mandarin immersion summer camp and adventure to the Great Wall of China. Learn about Chinese culture and the history of the great wall. This is a cute and educational book that every classroom and home library needs! Read my review

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YayBaobei

Location: United States, Oakland, California
Language: English, Simplified Chinese, Pinyin
Category: Prints

Decorate your nursery, playroom, or classroom with an adorable bilingual poster in English and Traditional Chinese. Created by a talented Taiwanese mother and designer, this print features delightful steam buns that introduce emotions in both languages.

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