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Building your collection, with all kinds of materials, is one of your most important tasks. We are providing you with a variety of resources here to help you get this done in the best, most efficient, way possible!


Resources for buying materials:

  • Candied Plums:
    • “Candied Plums is an independent publisher founded in 2016. We are dedicated to sharing inspiring and creative contemporary Chinese picture books with not only Mandarin learners but also picture book lovers.
    • With a deep commitment to the best quality, we select, translate and publish English picture books, as well as bilingual (Simplified Chinese-English) ones. This website not only showcases each title but also offers abundant Chinese learning resources.
    • We work closely with all major children’s book publishers in China. Our titles have gone through rigorous selection and editorial processes. They represent some of the best contemporary Chinese picture books. “
  • Free Spirit Publishing:
    • “Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Free Spirit Publishing is known for its unique understanding of what kids want and need to navigate life successfully. Our reputation as the leading publisher of Self-Help for Kids® and Self-Help for Teens® is grounded in books and other learning materials that are practical, positive, pro-kid, and solution focused. We’re not afraid to tackle tough topics such as teen depression, kids and anxiety, grief and loss, juvenile justice, and conflict resolution. Free Spirit also offers sound advice with a sense of humor on relevant issues including stress management, character building, puberty, school success, self-esteem, service learning, and more. We aim to meet all kids—toddlers, teens, and everyone in between—where they are (not where we wish they were), and support them to develop their talents, build resiliency, and foster a positive outlook on life so they can reach their goals. In early 2007, Free Spirit formed an Advisory Board of Educators—a diverse group of K–12 teachers, counselors, librarians, administrators, and social workers—who provide us with valuable feedback about our products. In early 2008, Free Spirit added the Teen Advisory Council, whose members contribute opinions on design, art, and content. This is just one of the ways our books stay current, credible, and truly helpful.”
  • ABCmouse for Libraries: “ABCmouse for Libraries is a FREE online educational resource that is now used by over 6,000 U.S. public library locations. Here are some of the reasons why ABCmouse for Libraries is so popular:
    •        Completely FREE for all public libraries!
    •        Comprehensive early learning:  ABCmouse offers the most comprehensive, standards aligned, online curriculum for children ages 2-8+, including reading and language arts, math, beginning science, social studies, art and music.
    •        Children love it:  Every one of the 8,500+ learning activities in ABCmouse, whether a game, a song, a book, a poem, a puzzle, or an art activity, has been designed to be both fun and educational!
    •        Easy setup:  Librarians can sign up for a free account in just a few easy steps, and once it’s set up, children will be able to easily access the site from any library computer.
    •        Child safe:  Librarians can feel confident and secure knowing that children will never encounter advertising or links to other websites.
  • Perma-Bound: “Perma-Bound has been family owned and operated since its beginning. We pride ourselves on offering our customers big business service, knowledge, and experience, but with a small town feel and personalized customer service.With this basis of knowledge and experience, we set the standard that the industry would follow, by being the first to offer an unconditional guarantee on our Perma-Bound books. We also set yet another standard for the industry to follow by being the first to offer the laminated book cover.”

Sources for buying books in multiple languages

  • Jarir Bookstore (Offering a huge selection of Arabic books and more!Serving Southern California customers at a retail location in Little Arabia (Anaheim/Garden Grove). Serving customers world-wide via the web, phone and mail orders.)
  • International Children’s Digital Library: A Library for World’s Children “The ICDL Foundation’s goal is to build a collection of books that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world.  Ultimately, the Foundation aspires to have every culture and language represented so that every child can know and appreciate the riches of children’s literature from the world community.”
  • Mangra Lingua “Mantra Lingua is a UK based publisher of award winning multilingual education resources. We provide innovative, user-friendly solutions to the specific challenges facing teachers and students within the classroom, and at home. Our patented PENpal technology supports EAL, MFL and SEN students in particular and is also proving invaluable in the mainstream school market. PENpal brings sound to paper based resources such as books, posters and stickers.   The interactive audio visual products combine illustration, sound and gaming and are suitable for different learning styles. While published material increasingly moves away from print, Mantra Lingua believes that when combined with audio, printed resources including books, posters, panels and stickers can take learning beyond the screen. Print resources can be easily used anytime, anywhere, with audio technology adding a new layer of 21stcentury innovation. “
  • Unite for Literacy “We picture a world where all children have access to an abundance of books that celebrate their languages and cultures and cultivate a life-long love of reading. As a for-profit social enterprise, we partner with businesses to change the literacy landscape of their communities by introducing families to our free digital library.Unite for Literacy has originated a unique way of assessing and talking about book scarcity. We analyzed statistical variables including income, ethnicity, geography and languages as they relate to the number of books in homes. The resulting interactive Book Desert Map presents our conceptual findings in visual form from the state down to local scale. Our intention is for this map to illuminate the problem of book scarcity and initiate conversations across the public, private and civic sectors about the geography of books and reading, in order to focus community efforts to create book abundance.”

Interesting Resources

  • Amira In America is a comic book, coloring book, and resource guide to help refugees from all over find some help in the transition into life in the United States. The Hornbakery, the group of creators of this project, is a group of four women in the Masters of Library and Information Science program at University of Maryland’s College of Information. Contributors are Andrea Castillo, Carmen A. Collins, Liz Laribee, and Dolly Martino. They are currently working toward finding a way to provide Amira In America as a resource to schools, libraries, and community centers free of charge to the institutions, as well as translating it into other languages, beginning with Arabic, Spanish and French. Read more at “
  • Nine Refugee Stories for Kids and Teens – From School Library Journal

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