Chinese Bookstores

Here are a few more online Chinese bookstores for children:

Chinese Books For Children – I know this site was up at least until 4/16/2015, but for the last two days, I haven’t been able to pull anything up. From the cached search results, it seems a good site for some of the most popular curriculum systems for learning Chinese. That is, if you can pull up anything from the site. Still, I will include them because if they come back up, it will be a great thing!
Site Language: English
Physical Locations: No
Products: Readers, pre-school word books, storybooks, novels for middle school and high school kids, DVDs, CDs
Product Languages: Traditional, Simplified, zhuyin, pinyin

Childbook.com – Mom and pop Chinese bookstore, originally started because they were having trouble finding materials to teach their daughter Chinese. Also has a section for free resources (eg: coloring pages, worksheets, etc.). Their blog section also posts some interesting articles. They even have an affiliate program. (The link I included is not an affiliate link.)
Site Language: English
Physical Locations: No
Products: Books, music, songs, stories, Chinese Language Learning videos and software, cultural and educational products
Product Languages: Traditional, Simplified, zhuyin, pinyin, English, bilingual

Ni Hao Books (你好書屋) – Online children’s Chinese bookstore based in the US.
Site Language: English
Physical Locations: No
Products: Books (story, picture, reader, workbooks, textbooks), VCD and DVD videos, flashcards, posters, and other educational materials
Product Languages: Simplified, pinyin, English, bilingual

 

Chinese Bookstores

Here is a physical brick and mortar Chinese bookstore and another online one:

Sino-American Books & Arts Co. (中美書店) – This is a physical bookstore in San Francisco and doesn’t have a website. SM, a fellow parent in a FB group, mentioned that she get books and CDs for her daughter here and that they have reasonable prices.
Site Language: No site available. Not to be confused with the Sino American Books, which is a publisher of English language books devoted to Chinese stories and topics.
Physical Locations: 751 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
Contact Information: T: 414-421-3345;  F: 415-651-8515; email: sinoamericanbooks@paulchiang.com
Products: Readers, pre-school word books, storybooks, novels for middle school and high school kids, DVDs, CDs
Product Languages: Traditional, Simplified, zhuyin, pinyin

Senseio Bookstore – Recommended by another fellow parent, SKC, this one is online and also does tables at their school in Los Angeles during book fairs. There are a lot of products and if you are in LA, you can even go by the owner’s house and browse also.
Site Language: English
Physical Locations: Yes, but by appointment only. Los Angeles, CA
Products: Chinese or Chinese/English bilingual books, magazines, Cultural Arts & Crafts, Gift Items, reference materials, and other multimedia, DVDs, CDs, Books for all ages (including adults)
Product Languages: Traditional, Simplified, zhuyin, pinyin, bilingual

More Chinese Bookstores

Here are a few more Chinese bookstores. Keep in mind, I have not used any of these sites. I am merely listing them here on my blog for your convenience.

Whose Books (胡思二手書) – I would link to their actual site, but it is coming up broken. This is a physical used bookstore in Taipei. 
Site Language: N/A
Physical Locations: Taipei, Taiwan
Products: Secondhand books,
Product Languages: Traditional, English

DotDotBuy – Online Chinese shopping portal. Looks like you can buy everything, including books. This is not an English-friendly site as it is a Chinese site for Chinese people.
Site Language: Simplified
Physical Locations: No, based in China.
Products: all product types
Product Languages: Simplified

Times Book – Online Taiwanese book store and retailer. Looks like you can buy everything, including books. This is not an English-friendly site as it is a Chinese site for Chinese people. Also includes a community and has a tab all on summer camps.
Site Language: Traditional
Physical Locations: No, based in China.
Products: Books, movies, DVDs, CDs, etc.
Product Languages: Simplified

TAAZE – Online Taiwanese bookseller that sells all types of books. Also has books in specialized fields. Useful to look up a book you have seen elsewhere since there are often videos of someone showing the condition of the book and then flipping through so you can see if it has zhuyin or not. (h/t: RM)
Site Language: Traditional
Physical Locations: No, based in Taiwan
Products: books, textbooks, secondhand books, art supplies, ebooks, children’s books
Product Languages: Traditional, Japanese, English, zhuyin

 

Chinese Bookstores

Here are a few more Chinese bookstores. Keep in mind, I have not used any of these sites. I am merely listing them here on my blog for your convenience.

Right to Learn – According to their site, they provide educational toys, learning resources, Montessori materials, advice, enrichment classes, and workshops to parents, preschools and learning facilities in Singapore and around the world. From my preliminary searches, they don’t seem to have a ton of Chinese resources or books. However, one thing I did like was their Montessori sandpaper cards for Simplified Chinese character strokes.
Site Language: English
Physical Locations: No, based in Singapore
Products: Educational Toys, Learning Resources, Montessori Materials,  Advice, Enrichment Classes, Workshops
Product Languages: Simplified, pinyin, English, Arabic

Great Wall Books – Opened since 1995 in the heart of Las Vegas, it seems to be a great Mom and Pop shop of handpicked Chinese books, dvds, cultural items, etc.
Site Language: English/Traditional
Physical Locations: Las Vegas, NV
Products: Music CDs, DVDs, Books, collecting stamps, children section, medicine, martial arts, and Chinese cultural items
Product Languages: Simplified, pinyin, English, bilingual, Traditional (although it seems only for adult fiction)

Buyoyo.com – One of the largest online retailers of Chinese books and entertainment products
Chinese books, dvds, cultural items, etc.
Site Language: English, Traditional, Simplified
Physical Locations: No, based in Hong Kong
Products: Music CDs, DVDs, Books, etc.
Product Languages: Simplified, pinyin, English, bilingual, Traditional

The Chinese Bookshop – Online shop for Chinese books, they often partner with schools in the UK for book fairs. They have a very helpful FAQ section. In general, I loved the easy navigation of this site and how easy it is to find the books or type of books you want.
Site Language: English
Physical Locations: No, based in London
Products: Music CDs, DVDs, Books, games, etc.
Product Languages: Simplified, pinyin, English, bilingual, Cantonese, Traditional, zhuyin

GuangHwa – The online English site (as of 2/13/16) is under a revamp and you will be redirected to their sister site, Cypress Books (featured next). Chinese site still seems to be fine.
Site Language: English, Simplified
Physical Locations: London, UK
Products: Music CDs, DVDs, Books, games, etc.
Product Languages: Simplified, pinyin, English, bilingual

Cypress Books – UK based publisher and distributor. Top resource for Chinese language, literature, history, art and traditional medicine. Sister company to GuangHwa bookstore. Develop books and curriculum in conjunction with Sinolingua. They also support a lot of cultural exhibitions and events in the UK.
Site Language: English/Simplified
Physical Locations: London, UK
Products: Music CDs, DVDs, Books, games, etc.
Product Languages: Simplified, pinyin, English, bilingual

How To Transfer Chinese eBooks To Kindle

Special thanks to Oliver Tu for this tip!

On transferring Chinese ebooks to Kindle

1) Get free Chinese ebooks from sites such as www.haodoo.net (traditional characters).

2)  Pick a book and download the text with epub extension.

3)  Convert the text with calibre-ebook.com to MOBI file (readable by Kindle).

4)  Download the converted file to the computer.

5) Connect the Kindle to computer and then copy file to the “Document” folder.

Whoo! It should show up in Kindle and the font is perfectly scalable!

 

One More Chinese Bookstore

Single entry today. Hey, this just means I’m done consolidating most of the Chinese bookstore sites and can now add the sites as I come across them. Special thanks to GYS for the tip.

Small World Children’s Museum (小天下-線上童書館) – A Taiwanese publisher and bookstore that specializes in children and young adult books. Part of Bookzone (天下文化書坊), a big publisher and bookstore. The nice thing is that for each entry, they describe the products very well (including what age range, whether or not there is zhuyin/English, content summary, bios of authors/translators/illustrators, and comments/reviews from readers).
Site Language: Traditional
Physical Locations: No
Products: Readers, Books (multiple subjects, story books, fiction/non-fiction), DVDs, Chinese translations of foreign books and movies/programs,
Product Languages: Traditional, zhuyin, bilingual

Singaporean and Malaysian Chinese Bookstores

Although my audience is primarily in the US, I do interact online with folks from other countries that are also trying to teach their kids to be bilingual in Chinese and English. One of the main groups has mostly Singaporean moms and they have been super helpful in providing other bookstores. Of course, since these are Singaporean and Malaysian bookstores, they may not ship to the US. I try to note that in the comments per bookstore.

Another note: Many Singapore moms order directly from China on DangDang (当当网/噹噹網) and TaoBao (淘宝网/淘寶網). They are like the “Amazon” of China and huge e-commerce sites with no middleman to charge a markup. If the moms buy in Singapore, they pay extra because there’s a middleman charge but much more convenient because they have vPOST and other concierge shipping services. They wouldn’t recommend folks from the US order from DangDang or TaoBao since she is not sure if they are reliable.

And now, for some online Chinese bookstores that are not from the Big Three (US, HK, Taiwan). Special thanks to LC and JS, a member of my Mums Learn Mandarin Chinese FB Group:

Happy CottageSingapore based online bookstore. Delivers locally to Singapore for free. For orders outside Singapore, please email directly with your selection and they will be in touch. Accepts EUR, SGD, USD.
Site Language: English
Physical Locations: No, Singapore based
Products: Children’s story books, teacher resources, educational materials, toys
Product Languages: Simplified, pinyin

Flip For Joy (乐翻天) – Singapore based online bookstore. Focuses mainly on books that are highly interactive, have rich elements of story-telling, or include important values about life. With each book, they will share why it was chosen, the benefits it will bring and how as a parent, you can use it to enrich the learning experience of your child. Delivers locally to Singapore for free. Delivers internationally for a fee.
Site Language: English
Physical Locations: No, Singapore based
Products: Children’s books (0-9 years old), teacher resources, educational materials, toys
Product Languages: Simplified

Popular – According to LC, Popular is like the Eslite of Singapore but for workbooks also known as assessment books.
Site Language: English
Physical Locations: Multiple Singapore locations
Products: Books (all types and subjects)
Product Languages: English, Simplified

Odonata Publishing Sdn Bhd (红蜻蜓出版有限司公) – Malaysian publishing house that specializes in children’s books encouraging local children to read. You can order their products directly from their site. They have published over 300 titles that run the gamut from preschool primers to Young Adult novels. From what I’ve seen on the site, the series are very reasonably priced and on the less expensive side. Not sure about shipping, though! Accepts RM (Malaysian Ringgit), SGD, USD.
Site Language: English, Simplified
Physical Locations: No
Products: Children’s books and readers, young adult books, government textbooks
Product Languages: Simplified

Pelangi Books – Malaysian publishing house where you can order their products directly from their site. Will ship overseas to some Asian countries (not US or EUR). They do have simplified ebooks though, so perhaps you can use those even in the US.
Site Language: English, Simplified
Physical Locations: No
Products: Books (all subjects and age ranges), ebooks, magazines, comics, CDs, DVDs
Product Languages: English, Simplified, Bahasa Malaysia