Habbi Habbi


Many remark how ‘global’ our product set is and ask ‘How did you choose and find them?’ We explored the toy universe … attended trade fairs, reviewed ‘best of’ lists, hunted for newcomers and looked at old favorites. In total, we researched over 2000 brands and reached out only to those whose products and stories aligned with our 9 values. These you see here are those whose stories spoke to us and whose products enable a conversation or experience for our kids (and us!) We hope you like them as much as we do.

Maomi Books

Maomi Books

I am from: Hong Kong & Taipei

I play with: Any age friends!

My values: Communicate Ideas, Global Citizenship, Care for Self & Body

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What I am

Some call me ‘Dr Seuss in Chinese!’ I’m a series of picture books designed to help kids gain exposure to Mandarin Chinese. My stories rhyme, making the book catchy, fun, and easy for kids to pick up. My stories also promote important topics such as healthy eating, friendship, hygiene, independence and creativity.

How I work

Other than reading it like a normal picture book, my text is supported by PinYin (inline) and English (on the back) to give non-native Chinese parents a little help. I can also be rapped! Check out my demo rap recordings on my website, and challenge your little ones to rap out the book. For those who can’t wait to receive the books, I can also be purchased as an instantly downloadable PDF!

My story

My creators (Alice & Lily Cheng) are new moms brought up in a bilingual English / Chinese environment. They hope to do the same for their two little ones! Whilst they managed to find great timeless classics like Goodnight Moon or Dr Seuss to read to their kids in English, they had trouble finding children’s books in Chinese that were equally interesting and catchy … not to mention those awkward moments when they got stumped by Chinese characters they had forgotten how to pronounce! So they wrote the books in hopes that their little ones would find learning Chinese to be fun and engaging!