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 for kids, and it took some trial and error to figure this out!
Although my kids are no longer learning the language, I’m grateful for all of the Korean books they enjoyed when they were younger. I also don’t want all of the time and research I invested to go to waste. So I truly hope this summary of Korean online bookstores can make the process easier for your family!
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Korean online bookstores for kids and families in English
- Website: amazon.com
To be honest, Amazon has a pretty pitiful section of Asian language books. Be careful of mass-translated books which often have awkward Google-translated phrases.
Korean Kids Books
- Website: koreankidsbooks.com
I’m excited about this new Korean online bookstore that just opened! So far, they only have board books, sound books, and workbooks. Hopefully, they will add books for older kids in the future!
- Website: hanbooks.com
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.
Although the Hanbooks website has limited options, they also own Bandi Books (see below). I emailed [email protected] for help in finding books that they carry in their other online Korean bookstore. Please note that they sometimes my emails seem to get missed, but they have replied to my follow-up emails.
If you decided 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 commission for sharing this code.
Korean online bookstores for kids and families in Korean
- Website: bandibookus.com
Bandi Books is a popular online Korean bookstore based in Los Angeles. This website is also entirely in Korean, and Google Chrome/Google Translate can be useful for non-fluent families. I have shopped here indirectly through Hanbooks (see above).
- Website: us.aladin.co.kr
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. Since I’m not comfortable shopping in an unfamiliar language, we have not used this site. However, many friends and readers share that Aladin 알라딘 has excellent deals for buying used Korean books.
- Website: ibookpark.com/
Definitely check out iBookPark for large booksets that are much more affordable than the aforementioned stores. They also sell used Korean books at great discounts, so keep any eye out for special deals! I wish I knew of this option before building up our Korean book collection!
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.
- 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.
- 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.
What are your favorite online Korean bookstores?
Where are your favorite places to shop for Korean resources for your kids? Please share in the comments below so we can learn!
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