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