Over a year ago, I wrote up a post about “How to Get Japanese Children’s Books.” It has been one of my most popular posts, so there must be many of you out there searching for books for your children! A year ago, it was very difficult to find Japanese books online. I am here to tell you that it is now easier!
I have been browsing eBay recently and have been pleasantly surprised to find that there are now many more people selling Japanese children’s books, DVDs, other educational materials, and toys… and at pretty decent prices. Here are some of my favorite finds today (hurry and snatch them up if you are interested! Dear Sellers, You are welcome.):
1. Nontan DVD, $20
3. Hiragana magnets set, $11.99
4. Katakana magnets, $10.99 (I am really tempted to get these!)
5. Hantai Kotoba Cards/Game, $12.99 (I really want these too)
6. Set of 2 “Kaiketsu Zorori” books, $9.99 (elementary-aged kids love this series!)
I thought the seller that had the best and most products was kat14kw. This person is shipping from Japan, but the shipping charges are decent, I think. She is selling a lot of hiragana charts, for those of you who are still looking.
To search on your own, just go to eBay.com and search for “Japanese Children’s Books”, “Japanese Children’s DVD’s”, “Kodomo Challenge”, “Anpanman”, “Hiragana Charts”, or whatever it is you are looking for, and you’ll probably find stuff. I should probably go through the stuff I don’t need anymore and sell them on eBay too!
Amazon.com (the American version) still lacks a great selection, and the books are very expensive. One of my readers, Louise, emailed me to let me know that a book she has written called “Dog Loves Books” is now available in Japanese. It looks adorable! Good job Louise!
Joechip.net has written a good post about other online retailers that sell Japanese Children’s Books.
If you and your children enjoy Japanese children’s magazines like ベビーブック and たのしい幼稚園, you can order an issue or subscribe for 6months~year at shop.mitsuwa.com. They also have subscriptions to “Kodomo no Tomo“, a company that sends you children’s books each month. I have a local friend who does this for her daughter and they really enjoy receiving new books each month.
Don’t forget about Benesse’s Kodomo Challenge program too (with Shimajiro). Read my post about it HERE.
Whew! Did that help anyone out there? Have you made any cool discoveries lately? Where do you buy your Japanese books?
P.S. I am not getting paid by anyone to advertise their stores or products!