The Summer Holiday is Coming – Let’s Read Together!

Fromthe Deputy Headof Early Years

Lisa Li

Reading is like eating. If you eat good food, you will want to eat more. If you read good books, you will keep looking for good books to read.

Reading brings a sense of joy and energy that will eventually feed a thirst for more and a desire to grow. We hope that our children from the Nest can make full use of the wonderful time this summer, spending at last 1-2 hours every day in reading for fun.

However, with the development of technology, parents and children are inevitably involved in the wave of e-reading. TV, computer, mobile phone and other electronic devices can transmit content which is harmful to young children. It’s not good for concentration and it’s bad for serenity.

Children in their early years are at a stage where they store abundant memories, full of curiosity and cognitive development. Parents should take this time to create reading awareness and cultivate reading habits for children so that they learn to read willingly. Teachers at the Wellington College Bilingual Tianjin nursery have recommended a variety of bilingual summer reading list to make each child’s summer holiday more colourful!

Book List for the Eaglets

English Books

We are Going on a Bear Hunt

Michael Rosen

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Judith Kerr

Where’s My Teddy?

Jez Alborough


Britta Teckentrup

Shopping Bag


Mandarin Books

Shui Yao Le Wo De Da Bing

Xu Zhijiang

Guess How Much I Love You

Sam McBratney

Little Blue and Little Yellow

Leo Lionni

E Yu Pa Pa Ya Yi Pa Pa

Itsumi Taro

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Eric Carle

Book List for the Nursery

English Books

The Little School Bus

Carol Roth

The Mixed-up Chameleon

Eric Carle

What the Ladybird Heard

Julia Donaldson

Aliens Love Underpants

Clair Freedman & Ben Cort

The Color Monster

Anna Llenas

Mandarin Books

Xiao Mao Diao Yu

Jin Jin

Xiao Ma Guo He

Peng Wenxi

Xiao Ke Dou Zhao Ma Ma

Fang Huizhen & Sheng Lude

Xiao Yang Guo Qiao


Ma Yi He Xi Gua

Tamura Shigeru

Book List for the Reception

English Books

The Dot

Peter H. Reynolds

Duck! Rabbit!

Amy Krouse

Where the Wild Things are

Maurice Sendak

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Judith Kerr

Aliens Love Underpants

Claire Freedman & Ben Cort

Mandarin Books

You Are Special

Max Lucado

A Chair for My Mother

Vera Williams

So You Want to Be President?

Judith St. George

Puss in Boot

Fred Marcellino

Shen Qi Zhong Zi Dian

Miyanishi Tatsuya

Book List for Year 1

English Books

National Geographic Kids

The Rainbow Fish

Marcus Pfister

Willy the Wimp

Willy and Hugh

Willy the Champ

Anthony Browne

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!

The Pigeon Wants a Puppy!

Mo Williams

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


The Twits


Fantastic Mr. Fox

Roald Dahl

Mandarin Books

Mei Tou Nao He Bu Gao Xing

Ren Rongrong

Lao Shu Qu Xin Niang

Zhang Lingling

Cao Chong Cheng Xiang

Yang Yongqing

Mei Mei De Hong Yu Xie

Lin Huanzhang

Xiao Ba Zhang Tong Hua

Zhang Qiusheng

For parents, it is not enough to teach children knowledge and skills, it is crucial for children to become over time independent learners. This is an invisible treasure that can be used throughout their  lifetime and can never be taken away.

Tips for the Parents



Read a story to your children

Try to read stories to your child at the same time every day. It is important to develop reading habits and interests.



Be a good example to your children

Children are good at imitation and  they should see parents demonstrate the joy of reading. Parents need to develop a habit of reading and this begins with a little every day. By doing this, reading will become a part of a parent’s life and in turn,  can influence how children view reading. Just as people need food to grow and develop, reading books promotes the growth of minds and thinking.



Good reading is fun reading

Reading should be promoted as a happy and fun activity by both parents and children and not be seen as a task that needs to be completed. Parents are cautioned against using reading as a means of punishment but should be associated as an activity that they enjoy. This will help them develop  into life long readers.



Take your child to a library or bookstore 

Young children begin their reading journey from books with pictures and few words and slowly progress to chapter books with fewer pictures and more words. A regular habit of taking children to the library or bookstore exposes them to a variety of books such as fiction and non-fiction. This will help widen their knowledge as well as their perspectives as there are more books available within their reach.



Promote books by giving them as gifts

Give books as gifts instead of toys, electronics or other expensive items. Children will learn that books, just like toys are precious.



Read with body movements and gestures

Don’t be afraid to exaggerate. Reading out loud, playing the part, and imitating the voice and intonation of the story character will make your child enjoy hearing you read more.



Create an element of anticipation

Try not to finish the whole story instead leave some parts unknown to create anticipation for children. This isn’t just for TV shows, it also applies to children, who are eager to see what happens next.



Encourage your children to create a story

Let your children use their imagination to create a story of their own and encourage them to share it with friends and family around them.



Let the child read a story to others

The best way to show comprehension is when we  allow children to show what they have learnt. If you have two children, encourage the older one to tell the younger one a story or vice versa.



Offer multiple resources for children to read a book

Children develop deeper thinking when they are given access to various resources about a topic. This can be through a physical book or can be a digital version. Characters of a story come to life through audio and visual effects but this should be done in moderation to limit screen time.

There are many benefits to reading books and this is not limited to just acquiring knowledge but so much more. Reading helps children in all aspects of their life.