Where to Buy Korean Books for Kids in the United States

Where to Buy Korean Books for Kids? 6 Online Korean Bookstores to Try

Since we live in a small town in the United States, we have relied on online Korean bookstores for our children’s picture books. Initially, we were clueless about where to buy Korean books online for kids, and it took some trial and error to figure this out!

Where to buy Korean books for children in the United States? Check out these online Korean bookstores
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Although my kids are no longer learning the language, I’m grateful for all of the Korean books they enjoyed when they were younger. Now, by sharing what I have found, all of the time and research I invested can continue to benefit children.

I truly hope this summary of online Korean bookstores can make the process easier for your family!

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Where to buy Korean books for kids and families (online stores in English)

Amazon

You can find just about everything on Amazon, but, to be honest, they have a pretty poor selection of Asian language books. Be careful of mass-translated books, which often have awkward Google-translated phrases. Since anyone can publish a book on Amazon or become a seller, the quality can go down.

That being said, Amazon has a few great gems, like the Pinkfong music books, Korean nursery rhymes CD books, and these fantastic Korean picture dictionaries! Keep an eye out for quality by looking at reviews from fluent Korean families.

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Korean Kids Books

I’m excited about this new online Korean bookstore that just opened! They’ve just celebrated their first year in business but already have some great books for younger kids. So far, they have board books, picture books, sound books, and workbooks. Hopefully, they will add books for older kids in the future!

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Hanbooks

As someone who cannot speak or read Korean, Hanbooks was my preferred option for buying Korean picture books for my kids. The downside is that the prices are quite high compared to English books and Chinese books for kids.

Hanbooks has textbooks, picture books, and chapter books in Korean, English, and bilingual options, but the website has fairly limited options. However, they also own Bandi Books (see below). I emailed [email protected]pes.net for help in finding books that they carry in their other online Korean bookstore. Please note that sometimes my emails seem to get missed, but they have replied to my follow-up emails.

If you decide to order from Hanbooks.com, feel free to use my coupon code betty2020 for 15% discount orders above $50 USD. Unfortunately, the coupon is not valid at Bandi Books. I also do not get a commission for sharing this code.

Where to buy Korean books for kids and families (online stores in Korean)

Bandi Books

Bandi Books is a popular online Korean bookstore based in Los Angeles. This website is also entirely in Korean, but Google Chrome/Google Translate can be useful for non-fluent families. I have shopped here indirectly through Hanbooks (see above).

In addition to books for adults, the collection of Korean books for toddlers through elementary age kids is excellent. They have tons of popular Western children’s books (eg, Eric Carle books) translated to Korean as well original Korean folktales and books about Seollal (Korean Lunar New Year).

Aladin 알라딘

This popular Korean retailer specializes in books, magazines, DVDs, and CDs. They have physical stores throughout South Korea and also one in Los Angeles.

The online storefront is entirely in Korean. If you can’t read Korean, you can use Google Chrome with the Google translate plugin or have a friend assist you in your shopping. Since I’m not comfortable shopping in an unfamiliar language, I have not used this site.

However, many friends and readers share that Aladin 알라딘 has excellent deals for buying used Korean books. Just make sure you’re on the US site so that the shipping for your books is available and so prices are in USD.

For orders over $50, you can get free shipping which can make all the difference when you’re on a budget.

iBookPark

Definitely check out iBookPark for large book sets that are much more affordable than the aforementioned stores. Book sets can seem pricey at first, but they make sense when you calculate the individual cost of each book. Book sets are also a great way to build up your home library.

They also sell secondhand Korean books at deep discounts, so keep an eye out for special deals! If you have a list of books in mind, check out their used books page first.

I wish I knew of this option before building up our Korean book collection!

SeJong Bookstore 세종문고 Korean bookstore in Koreatown Galleria Mall, Los Angeles, California
SeJong Korean Bookstore 세종문고, Koreatown Galleria, Los Angeles, California

Other places to get Korean books for kids

  • Libraries: Check out your local library for used book sales. Some of you have messaged me dollar deals in Seattle, Los Angeles, Orange County, and New York City! If your library doesn’t carry Korean books, ask if they participate in the inter-library loan with diverse libraries in other cities. Many libraries are happy to listen to their patrons and try to get you the books you’re looking for.
  • Local bookstores: If you travel to Los Angeles or New York City, stop by bookstores in Koreatown! Shopping at these stores helps support the Korean community. We’ve purchased many great books at SeJong Bookstore 세종문고 in Koreatown Galleria, Los Angeles. It’s so nice to hold the books in your hands and flip through them before purchasing.
  • Facebook: If you’re on Facebook, Raising Bilingual Children In English & Korean is a great group for sharing ideas with supportive, like-minded parents. On occasion, parents sell outgrown books in the group. If you live in a larger city, you may also be able to find books on Facebook Marketplace.

What are your favorite online Korean bookstores?

When shopping for Korean books online, where are your favorite places to shop for your kids? Please share in the comments below so we can learn!

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5 Comments

  1. I have been searching high and low for quality fiction and nonfiction books in Korean to add to our curriculum library to help prepare future bilingual teachers. The sets from ibookpark are EXACTLY what I was looking for. Thanks so much!

    1. You’re welcome, Sara! So glad to hear you found a great book set for your library. And excited that you are making this available for your teachers :-).

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