Libraries aren’t just buildings full of books. They’re also places where connections are made and ideas are shared. Read about one such experience in the first person account below by our guest blogger Dutian, a volunteer and enthusiastic promoter of cross-cultural understanding. -Lisa Dennis, Coordinator of Children’s Collections
On July 21st, I met Lisa and gave her the ten books I brought all the way from my hometown, Wuhan, a beautiful city located in Central China, on behalf of my friend, Katrina. Eventually, we had completed this amazing book list exchange and they are ready to meet you!
I am Dutian, a volunteer for Chinese Language Class since last summer, and Lisa is the Coordinator of Children’s Collections at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP). Indeed, I knew her through Bonnie, who is in charge of the Chinese Language Class for the library.
Earlier this April, when talking with Katrina, who was building her own English and Chinese learning room for children in her community, about how wonderful CLP is, I enthusiastically told her that I had made new friends each week when I was involved in the Chinese teaching activities, including introducing transportation system in China nowadays, practicing Chinese calligraphy with local peoples, and even celebrating a Spring Festival Celebration with kids in Kasper’s Chinese class for children.
Not surprisingly, she was excited by my interesting stories that Chinese language and culture is so popular here. Since Katrina had collected a large number of children’s favorite picture books at that time, acting on a sudden idea that the Chinese book of her collections could be very useful material for learning Chinese as well as in the hope of enriching her collection of learning American English and culture for children, Katrina put forward her proposal that she would like to initiate an exchange of booklist with the library while donating some of the most famous children’s picture books in China to CLP.
Therefore, I reached out to Bonnie and she kindly introduced Lisa to me. Everything just went so smoothly that Lisa even surprisingly gave me two beautiful children’s picture books which were carefully selected from the shared book list of CLP so that Katrina can share with her little students when I went back to Wuhan this summer.
At the end of the story, I would like to share our EXCHANGED book list across thousands of miles! We hope that anyone who is interested in traditional Chinese stories or learning Chinese, as well as anyone who needs great local children’s picture books from the library can have easy access to good illustrated stories.
One hundred high quality children’s picture books at CLP and in China are listed below. According to Lisa, many of the books shared by CLP had won awards from the Association for Library Services to Children and received starred reviews in professional journals.
Meanwhile, the list from Katrina includes most popular picture books among Chinese children which are written and drawn by Chinese authors (none translated versions), while most of the books have also been awarded and highly recommended by the authoritative media in children’s books.
Tips for you:
- If you want to borrow one of the Top 100 books from CLP’s list, simply type the title or ISBN (International Standard Book Number which is a 10- or 13-digit number used for identification and is unique to every book) into the search box of CLP’s website and see whether it is available.
- If you are interested in the Chinese books from Katrina’s list, first try searching it through the search box on CLP’s website. If it is not found, then directly input the ISBN into the search box of Amazon or Google, I’m sure you will find it in either way.
- The bold titles are books that Katrina has donated to the library that you will be able to borrow from CLP soon!
Top 100 Children’s Picture Books of All Time
|TOP 100 CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOKS OF CLP||TOP 100 CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOKS OF WUHAN, CHINA|
|1||When Sophie’s Feelings Are Really, Really Hurt||9780545788311||《妈妈买绿豆!》||9787533264062|
|5||Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me||9780316209175||《跟着姥姥去遛弯儿》||9787537181426|
|6||Wild about Us!||9780152062941||《小蝌蚪找妈妈》||9787302358121|
|8||Big Bear Little Chair||9781452144474||《荷花镇的早市》||9787539134055|
|9||Moo, Baa, La La La!: Lap Edition||9780689870279||《一园青菜成了精》||9787533257545|
|10||Goodnight Moon (Anniversary)||9780064430173||《团圆》||9787533255879|
|11||How Do You Feel?||9780763658625||《安的种子》||9787535039200|
|12||One Gorilla: A Counting Book||9780763663520||《躲猫猫大王》||9787533258153|
|13||The Very Hungry Caterpillar||9780529007759||《那只深蓝色的鸟是我爸爸》||9787533267544|
|14||The New Small Person||9780763678104||《我变成一只喷火龙了！》||9787537636179|
|18||Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature||9780763655495||《绘本中国：年》||9787533254674|
|19||The Day the Crayons Came Home||9780399172755||《三毛流浪记(全集)》||9787532488827|
|20||Last Stop on Market Street||9780399257742||《漏》||9787533264345|
|23||If You’re a Monster and You Know It||9780545218290||《方脸公公和圆脸婆婆》||9787556802272|
|26||Sleepy, Oh So Sleepy||9780805081268||《小小牛顿幼儿馆》||9787545601367|
|27||And Then It’s Spring||9781596436244||《中国优秀图画书典藏系列2：陈永镇（全五册）》||9787221087492|
|30||When Lions Roar||9780545112833||《奶奶的布头儿》||9787556802265|
|31||Kitten’s First Full Moon||9780060588281||《桃花源的故事》||9787556802319|
|33||Toys Meet Snow: Being the Wintertime Adventures of a Curious Stuffed Buffalo, a Sensitive Plush Stingray, and a Book-Loving Rubber Bal||9780385373302||《鸡妈妈的蛋宝宝》||9787556802296|
|34||The Hello, Goodbye Window||9780786809141||《跑跑镇》||9787533282103|
|35||The Snowy Day||9780670654000||《会说话的手》||9787505631427|
|36||I Want My Hat Back||9780763655983||《最后一个灵魂》||9787534237102|
|37||This Is Not My Hat||9780763655990||《小鼹鼠的土豆》||9787533267292|
|38||The Big Book of Animals of the World||9781776570126||《迷戏•秦淮河:一九三七(反战绘本)》||9787544715706|
|41||Written and Drawn by Henrietta||9781935179900||《中国儿童原创绘本:遇鬼记》||9787507217865|
|42||A Color of His Own||9780375836978||《中国原创绘本精品系列：大蝌蚪》||9787534277900|
|43||Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes||9780061906237||《中国原创绘本精品系列：跳绳去》||9787534277870|
|44||Sleep Like a Tiger||9780547641027||《中国原创绘本精品系列：啊呜》||9787534277894|
|45||Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp!: A Sonic Adventure||9780763639914||《绘本中国：泥将军》||9787533254698|
|46||I Spy Ultimate Challenger: A Book of Picture Riddles||9780439454018||《绘本中国：兔儿爷》||9787533254643|
|48||Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons||9780545166683||《进城》||9787533264123|
|50||The Book with No Pictures||9780803741713||《很慢很慢的蝸牛》||9789866608391|
|51||If You Give a Mouse a Cookie||9780060245863||《铁门胡同》||9787551546621|
|52||The Baby Goes Beep||9780807505083||《小金鱼儿》||9787551546638|
|53||The Family Book||9780316738965||《宝儿》||9787533255886|
|54||On the Ball||9781484723296||《野孩子（童谣）》||9787108044945|
|55||The Grasshopper & the Ants||9780316400817||《门》||9787533264314|
|56||A Ball for Daisy||9780375858611||《葡萄》||9787533264307|
|57||My Friend Rabbit||9780761315353||《爱画画的诗》||9787533273378|
|59||The Bear Ate Your Sandwich||9780375858604||《这就是二十四节气》||9787511026118|
|63||The True Story of the Three Little Pigs 25th Anniversary Edition||9780451471956||《元宵灯》||9787229006938|
|65||Where the Wild Things Are (Anniversary)||9780060254926||《再见,老蓬》||7534628083|
|66||David Goes to School||9780590480871||《与狗熊比举重》||9787530752371|
|67||Dinosaur vs. Mommy||9781423160861||《给大象拔刺》||9787534256035|
|68||Dinosaur vs. the Potty||9781423133391||《退役军犬黄狐》||9787534256028|
|69||Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business||9780201091472||《水墨宝宝成长奇遇绘本:小萝卜浇浇在幼儿园》||9787303174249|
|70||Bear Has a Story to Tell||9781596437456||《保冬妮绘本海洋馆(第1季):鲸鱼的歌》||9787550504714|
|71||A Sick Day for Amos McGee||9781596434028||《包子狗和面条猫1:魔法草莓》||9787305152436|
|73||I Love Trucks!||9780060278199||《生活微百科·上厕所》||9787533278144|
|74||The House in the Night||9780618862443||《王晓明童话绘本长廊·小草欢歌篇:小人鱼和警察》||9787556814275|
|75||Joseph Had a Little Overcoat||9780670878550||《白娘子传奇(连环画) 》||9787536821897|
|76||Eloise: A Book for Precocious Grown Ups||9780671223502||《西游记1:孙悟空大闹天宫 》||9787539196022|
|77||Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah||9780449817445||《三国演义:空城计》||9787539196466|
|79||Ally-Saurus & the First Day of School||9781454911791||《WOW!不一样的创意动物绘》||9787515330662|
|81||The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse||9780763660987||《兔拉拉,有你陪我笑哈哈(注音版)》||9787229048181|
|82||Use Your Words, Sophie||9780670016631||《花屋子》||9787303163250|
|85||The Three Pigs||9780618007011||《穿墙术》||9787534268106|
|86||City Dog, Country Frog||9781423103004||《爸爸的老师(注音版)》||9787534284830|
|87||Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!||9780786819881||《飞翔的小蜘蛛》||9787507214352|
|88||Listen to My Trumpet!||9781423154044||《大毛线团》||9787507217162|
|89||A Beach Tail||9781590787120||《丝瓜电话》||9787507214369|
|90||More More More, Said the Baby||9780688091736||《帽子镇》||9787507215731|
|91||A Chair for My Mother||9780688040741||《一百只蜗牛去旅行(拼音版)》||9787507217346|
|92||A Chair for My Mother||9780688009144||《逃跑的铁皮桶》||9787507214406|
|93||Bear Wants More||9780689845093||《白鹅》||9787807169130|
|94||Nanuk the Ice Bear||9781481446679||《幼童文库》||10826823|
|95||Baby Bear Sees Blue||9781442413061||《Hi,多多·多多看世界：多多去小岛》||9787564044541|
|96||The Napping House||9780152567088||《水与墨的故事》||9787534276606|
|97||Pecan Pie Baby||9780399239878||《小老鼠奇奇》||9787534268137|
|98||This Is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration||9780399239861||《百鸟羽衣》||9787534276613|
|100||Seven Blind Mice||9780399222610||《东郭先生和狼》||9787514605457|
After I gave the books to Lisa on July 21st, I call Katrina through Wechat (the “whatsapp” in China). It was almost 11 pm in Wuhan while Katrina was still working hard to give excellent lessons for her students. She is so excited to meet Lisa and complete this book list exchange. Meanwhile, we were told that she was planning to visit CLP next summer with her 3-year-old daughter and a new friend, and we are looking forward to hearing her interesting stories with her students while teaching English!
Dutian came to Pittsburgh last summer to accompany her husband, and she has been an English teacher for primary school students in an after-school center for two years in Wuhan before coming here. Her interest is in Child and Youth work and she will attend the master program of Applied Developmental Psychology at University of Pittsburgh this year.
Katrina is a likable and charming teacher commented by her students and their parents. She has been an English teacher for Children for almost ten years in Wuhan. She is a good friend as well as previous colleague of Dutian. Katrina began to open a bilingual learning room for kids in her community in March this year, where she often shares good stories with children for free.
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