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Where to Find Books in Other Languages
Across the Globe
Across the Globe offers dual language books, software, games, and posters in both English and any one of 47 languages.  Their books tell fables, folk tales, and contemporary stories originating in India, Africa, Europe, Russia, Asia, Middle East, and the Caribbean. Language include:
Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese, Chinese simplified, Croatian, Czech, Farsi, French, Gaelic Scottish, German, Greek, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Hmong, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Kurdish, Lithuanian, Malayalam, Nepali, Panjabi, Patois, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, SerboCroat, Shona, Slovakian, Somali, Swahili, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, Vietnamese, and Yoruba.

Asia for Kids
Asia for Kids reviews thousands of products, selecting only the highest quality for their collection.  Their collection includes books, videos/DVDs, audio CDs, software, language textbooks, crafts, dolls, games, posters, t-shirts, and resources for parents and teachers.  They offer material in: English, Chinese (Mandarin & Cantonese), Japanese, Korean, Hmong, Vietnamese, Lao, Khmer (Cambodian), Filipino (Tagalog), Thai, Hindi, Tamil, Punjabi, Gujarati, Bengali, Spanish, Arabic, French & Indonesian.

Healthy Start's Booklist
Healthy Start uses this booklist to help them select books in other languages to use with their families during home visits.  The list includes wordless books, Spanish language books, and English/Spanish bilingual books.

Lectorum, a subsidiary of Scholastic, offers more than 25,000 Spanish-language books.  They are the U.S. distributor of children’s book produced by publishing companies in other countries.

Mantra Lingua
Mantra Lingua, a UK based publisher, provides resources children and families who want to retain the distinctness of their native language and culture while encouraging integration into the new community.  They produce books, audio books, software, toys, games, posters, and more in English and Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Hmong, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Kurdish, Lithuanian, Malayalam, Nepali, Panjabi, Patois, Pinyin, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Scottish-Gaelic, Serbo-Croat, Shona, Slovakian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Tamil, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, Vietnamese, Welsh and Yoruba.  These titles are often available through jobbers like BWI or Powell's Bookstore

Star Bright Books
Star Bright Books publishes books that “embrace children of all colors, nationalities and abilities, because we believe that all children should see themselves in print.”  They produce picture and board books in sixteen different languages, and have books featuring children with disabilities.   They offer discounts for programs that give away books to children so be sure to ask them about it!  Bilingual books are in English and French, Haitian Creole, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Monolingual books are available in Arabic, Chinese-traditional, Chinese-simplified, English, Farsi, French, Korean, Navajo, Portuguese, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.  These titles are often available through jobbers like BWIIngram, and B&T.

Make a Recommendation
If you would like to recommend a source for getting children's books in other languages please email the full organization or company name, criteria for receiving the exceptional price, a brief description, and link to their website to Katie Anderson
All recommendations will be reviewed carefully by the Oregon State Library and Oregon Commission on Children and Families.  The purpose of this website is to provide a few carefully selected resources to help busy librarians and Healthy Start family support workers plan storytimes or one-on-one books sharing sessions. 

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