Have you adopted from China and wish to bi-culturally educate your child? Or maybe as a parent, you would like to bring in the powers of the Chinese culture to your child’s eyes. Well, here is a list of some really fantastic children’s stories that can be read as children or young adults. All stories are bi-cultural accounts that will help your child co-exist between the two languages and cultures.
1. Apple Pie 4th of July by Janet S. Wong. This is a great young child’s book that follows along the story of a young Chinese American girl whose parents own a Chinese store. Her parents want to sell Chinese food on the 4th of July, which is a traditional American holiday. She disagrees with her parents until something happens that changes her mind about her bi-cultural world.
2. COOLIES by Yin. This is a historical event story that deals with Chinese railroad workers named Shek and Little Wong. These two main characters come to American in 1865 to help build a great railroad across the West. Although a child’s story book, it deals with the harsh truth that each Chinese laborers had to endure at time in our American history.
3. Brothers by Yin. This is a sequel to the above mentioned “Coolies” book. Ming meets Patrick, a young Irish boy and the two learn that even though they are not from the same country, they can co-exist in the same world working alongside each other. Therefore, the lesson that Ming learned was that Chinese people do not always need to stay in China or in Chinatown.
4. Grandfather Counts by Andrea Cheng. Helen, an American-Chinese feels disappointed by her Chinese grandfathers arrival from China after finding out the communication lines were disconnected. Gong Gong, her grandfather can not speak English and Helen can only speak no Chinese. Therefore the two grow this connection through learning how to count in both languages together.
5. Hannah is my Name by Belle Yang. Hannah and her family are waiting for green-cards to legally live in America. The story deals with the difficulties of getting permission to become immigrants and the struggles of waiting.
6. Our Baby from China: An Adoption Story by Nancy D’Antonio. This is great book that includes simple text and gorgeous photos of China and the adoption process. It is a story that adopted children can realize that he/she is not the only adopted child in the world.
7. The Red Blanket by Eliza Thomas. The adoptive parents enter into China and while first meeting the baby, PanPan, the parents give many different gifts to soothe the transaction of residence. Baby PanPan finds comfort in the red blanket that is given to her.
8. The White Swan Express: A Story about Adoption by Jean Davies Okimoto and Elaine M. Aoki. This is an amazing story about four parents that have planned to adopt from China. It follows along with the process of adoption of four beautiful Chinese baby girls. This is a good book to show and read to smaller children that may be in the house already before the trip to China.
9. I Love You Like Crazy Cakes by Rose A. Lewis. This is a wonderful children’s story that deals with the adoption process. Unlike other stories, it has information about the loving gift that the birth mother has given to the adoptive parents.
10. Little Miss Ladybug & Her Magical Red Thread by Karen Acres. This book follows along the ancient Chinese belief. “An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstances. The thread may stretch or tangle, but will never break”. It is about the flight of Little Miss Ladybug, a good luck omen in China and her magical red thread.