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Discover Where to Buy Spanish Books: The Ultimate Guide to Buying the Best Spanish Books and Resources

Do you struggle where to buy Spanish books? Whether you speak Spanish or can barely speak a word, finding books in Spanish can be a challenge. Many popular vendors have a limited selection of authentic Spanish books, books orginally written in Spanish, and even translated Spanish books. And even if you know where to buy Spanish books, it can be difficult to know if the books will be appropriate or engaging for your patrons or students.

Where to Buy Spanish Books

1. Follett Titlewave

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A good selection of library bound books including translated and authentic Spanish texts; they have services that will curate lists for you based on your needs and will even curate lists of only authentic Spanish texts. A great thing about Follett is that they can do book processing for you (adding barcodes, spine labels, genre stickers, etc.).

2. Mackin

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Similar to Follett, but in my experience, they have less selection of Spanish texts, especially authentic Spanish books as compared to Follett. They do, however, have an “authentic text” tag that is searchable. A great thing about Mackin is that they can do book processing for you (adding barcodes, spine labels, genre stickers, etc.).

3. Books Del Sur

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A good selection, and what I really like about them is that you can request books and they will attempt to source them for you. They have been excellent in sourcing books for me as I attempt to build the best bilingual library. Unfortunately, Books Del Sur and the rest of the options listed currently do not offer book processing. If more and more school librarians start ordering from them, though, they may start to offer book processing.

4. Custom Education Solutions

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They have brick and mortar showrooms in the Midwest that you can visit, they focus more on classroom orders versus library, but they send people to the Guadalajara Book Fair every year to source the best books in the Spanish-speaking world; they can curate lists for your needs as well.

5. LA Libreria

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A similar type of vendor as Custom Education Solutions except they have a focus on school librarians as well as teachers. Interestingly, they also are beginning to offer school book fairs. I have not ordered from them personally, though, I have heard excellent things from library media specialists who have ordered from them.

6. Lectorum

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A vendor that specializes in authentic Spanish texts from the Spanish-speaking world, now including some authors born in the United States who originally wrote books in Spanish. In addition to physical books, Lectorum now has a reading app called MakeMake (ma-kay-ma-kay) that has many of their physical books in digital format. I’ll talk more about that later, though. They’re one of the places that are top of mind when I’m thinking about where to buy Spanish books.

7. Amazon

This is not the best place to discover books, but it is a great place to source books that you may be looking for but can’t find at your traditional vendors like Follett. In terms of where to buy Spanish books, it’s a great place to source books that you know that you want to buy.

8. Barnes & Noble

Similar to Amazon, if you’re looking for Spanish books, this is the place to source the books that you know you want. If you know the title, you may have some luck from B&N.

9. Junior Library Guild

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They have a variety of subscriptions and a few in Spanish. Don’t expect to fill your library with a JLG subscription, but in a pinch, you can certainly add some books in Spanish to your library with a subscription or two. When you know neither where to buy Spanish books or what books to buy, JLG is a great option.

10. American Reading Company

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Many schools are using their curricula for English and Spanish. They have a variety of hardcover and paperback books in Spanish. If your school uses their curricula, you cannot get the level of the books that they sell in the case that students or teachers want books at their level. They do have a pretty solid understanding of literacy development in Spanish compared to other companies. If you’re looking for books appropriate for different levels, then, this is a pretty reliable company to order from.

11. Bound to Stay Bound

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Personally, I have not ordered from Bound to Stay Bound, but several librarians in dual language schools in Texas have recommended them to me.

12. First Book Marketplace

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First Book Marketplace is available to Title I schools only, but has an excellent selection of books at a reasonable price. Most of the books are translations, but they are popular books.

13. I Love to Read in Spanish

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Have a great selection of authentic and translated Spanish texts.

14. Maleta Books – Canada

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Mostly authentic Spanish texts. Being based in Canada, I like to use this website to discover books to purchase in Spanish and then I use my normal vendors to purchase the books.

15. Tinta Leo

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A vendor similar to Lectorum but at a smaller scale. Tinta Leo has a wide variety of authentic Spanish texts from around the Spanish-speaking world. Website is completely in Spanish, so if you do not speak Spanish, use Google Translate.

Between the above vendors, I can almost always find the books that I want to buy unless they’re older books that are out of print. There are certainly other vendors, but in an attempt to keep my vendor list small but comprehensive, those are my favorite vendors.

Do you struggle to find quality Spanish books?  Whether you speak Spanish or can barely speak a word, finding books in Spanish can be a challenge.  Many popular vendors have a limited selection of authentic Spanish books, books orginally written in Spanish, and even translated Spanish books.  And even if you know where to buy Spanish books, it can be difficult to know if the books will be appropriate or engaging for your patrons or students.

Where to DISCOVER Spanish Books to Buy

So now you know WHERE to buy Spanish books, but unless you live in a Spanish-speaking country, you likely do not have access to book stores that specialize in Spanish books. So how do you know what books to buy when your normal vendors have failed you or you want something a little different?

1. La Casa Del Libro

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This is my go-to source for finding out what’s new and popular in the Spanish-speaking world. La Casa del Libro, the House of Book, is Spain’s version of Barnes and Noble. Their stores are quite similar to Barnes and Noble stores, actually, if you ever get a chance to visit one. Their webiste is in Spanish, BUT you can use Google Translate to translate the entire website. Click here to get the website translated into English.

2. Buscalibre

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An online Spanish book retailer. Again, you can use Google Translate to translate the entire website for you. It can be a bit overwhelming, but they do have a lot of popular books. Really, though, it comes down to whether you prefer the interface of Casa Del Libro’s website or Buscalibre’s.

3. Spanish Publishers – Especially for Manga

There are many Spanish publishers: Editorial Ivrea, Planeta DeAgostini, Norma, just to name a few. The ones I named are especially good for finding Manga in Spanish. Many of the major vendors do not stock Manga in Spanish, so using Spanish publishers or a country’s comic book authors’ association can be helpful.

4. America Reads Spanish – Includes Reviews of Books!

Oftentimes when buying books in Spanish, it’s like taking a shot in the dark. There are no professional reviews unless you are buying a translated text. America Reads Spanish is attempting to combat this. They have the largest number of reviews of Spanish books that I’ve found so far. If you’ve found a source with reviews of Spanish books, send it my way!

Where to Buy Spanish Digital Materials

Almost as difficult as finding Spanish print materials, is finding online and digital Spanish materials. Here are a few of my favorites.

Databases

There are many. Some of the old reliables are Britannica Escolar/Moderna, Brainpop Espanol (which is allegedly going away according to a rep), World Book’s Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos, and PowerKnowledge. Other databases include:

Britannica is probably the most robust of these. Brainpop is of course a student favorite but is best for upper elementary and middle school. My least favorite is World Book just due to the less robust amount of information compared to the others listed.

Spanish Dictionary and Thesaurus – Diccionarios.com

Diccionarios.com is managed by the dictionary publisher Vox, Larousse, and Anaya. They have a number of online dictionaries that are student-friendly – one for elementary, middle and high school. They also have a thesaurus that the rep told me is better for older students and adults, but it is a great option to just have a thesaurus. Students get a few free searches, but the paid version is fairly reasonable as well. when I reached out to a rep, they only spoke in Spanish, so you may need to recruit a translator to help if you want the paid version.

Free Online Dictionaries

Popular free options that students and teachers will likely be aware of are the Diccionario de la Real Academia Espanola and Wordreference.com. The problem with the former, is that the definitions were written for native speakers with a very technical understanding of dictionaries and the language – not student-friendly. The latter has a lot of ads that can be distracting.

Online Spanish Reading Apps

  • MakeMake – run by Lectorum so it includes all authentic Spanish texts, mostly fiction. Very similar to Epic in that it is multi-simultaneous user. You have control of the collection and they will help you curate a collection including picture books, read along books, and chapter books. They also host live author events and record them. Paid***
  • Epic – a popular free option. A drawback, however, is that you have no collection control and books can disappear without notice
  • Lightbox – You might be familiar with the Lightbox nonfiction books. These online interactive books include a lot of really cool features and are available in a number of languages with native pronunciation for having the books read aloud. If you want an online nonfiction library, Lightbox is a great option! Paid***

What Makes YOU the Expert?

That’s probably what you’re thinking. I’m a bilingual library media specialist serving grades K-12. Before that, I was a dual language teacher for over 10 years teaching grades K-8. I lived and taught in Spain, and I’m also a reading specialist with a Masters in Bilingual Education. As a school library media specialist, I’ve been blessed with a budget that has pushed me to seek vendors to fulfill the needs of my school. As the only bilingual library media specialist in my district, I’ve had to figure out where to buy Spanish books and resources.

Do you struggle to find quality Spanish books?  Whether you speak Spanish or can barely speak a word, finding books in Spanish can be a challenge.  Many popular vendors have a limited selection of authentic Spanish books, books orginally written in Spanish, and even translated Spanish books.  And even if you know where to buy Spanish books, it can be difficult to know if the books will be appropriate or engaging for your patrons or students.

Conclusion: Where to Buy Spanish Books

There are a lot of places to buy books in Spanish and other resources in Spanish. Oftentimes, you have to know where to look and need to use a few tools like Google Translate or an actual translator to help you out. One thing to keep in mind as you buy Spanish books is that many books in Spanish have reading levels made for native Spanish speakers. A good rule of thumb is to take the suggested age or grade level range and add 2. Thus, a book suggested for 3rd-5th grade would likely be best for grades 5-7 in terms of readability. Hopefully now, though, you know where to buy Spanish books.

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