Great Chinese Reads

Great Chinese Reads is an independent non-profit research initiative focused on Chinese picture book recommendation and reading research for kindergarten to 6th grade children in the United States, for both heritage and non-heritage language learners. It was founded by a group of researchers, teachers and parents in the Silicon Valley in 2014. The initiative provides a research-based reading list of Chinese picture books with leveling guidance. It aims to enrich Chinese learning experiences with great picture books complementing various language-learning curriculum.


BookKnock is our community outreach program that brings the Great Chinese Reads book selection to libraries, schools, after-school programs, and camps to enrich Chinese learning. Since 2015, BookKnock has organized many children programs (Chinese story time, Chinese book fairs, Chinese festival fairs, Chinese reading programs and more) to nurture the community involvement with parents and teachers.

Eirya Foundation

Owner and driver of Great Chinese Reads initiative, Eirya Foundation is an independent educational 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in Silicon Valley, California, in 2014 by parents, with the mission to make quality educational resources available and accessible to children through research, curriculum design and educational programs.

Our Team

Great Chinese Reads was founded by a group of parents, researcher and language teachers in Silicon Valley, California.

The collaborative research team includes scholars from Stanford University, Beijing Normal University, and Chinese teachers from over twenty public schools and independent schools across the nation (California, Utah, Minnesota, Colorado, Texas, New York, Florida, etc).

We have over thirty parent and teacher volunteers actively hosting story time, book fairs and reading programs with the children.

The combined team and community have extensive experiences in teaching Chinese as a second language, language education research, early childhood development, family education, publishing, library management, user experience design, statistics and data analytics.