This page presents an accumulation of resources that we have found useful over the years. It includes everything from traveling in Nicaragua to some of our favorite Spanish language publishers.

Nicaragua Travel

The books listed below can help you prepare for your time volunteering at libraries in Nicaragua. Be sure you choose a current edition!


Global Librarianship

(Many of these are old but not outdated and no new editions are available – second-hand copies work well and are more reasonably priced on Amazon – each second-hand book costs 3.95 additional in shipping)

Web Resources

  • LibraryThing – convenient, simple way to catalog a library’s collection.
  • Scholastic Children’s books & resources in Spanish-(check for local book fairs at US schools).
  • First Books Marketplace – open only to nonprofit organizations. Very low price books and educational materials and free series of resources for most books-Some book bank opportunities- pay shipping only.
  • Better World Books– excellent used book reseller inexpensive
  • Thrift Excellent used book reseller- (can also receive books to sell for organizations).
  • Spanglish Baby–excellent resources &  list of quality Spanish language publishers.


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  • Arte Público Press
    University of Houston
    452 Cullen Performance Hall
    Houston, TX 77204-2004
    Phone: 800.633.ARTE
    Piñata series and their young adult and adult mysteries are great.
  • The Bilingual Publications Company
    270 Lafayette Street
    New York, New York 10012
    (212) 431-3500 ( Email for a current list)
    Linda Goodman and she is great at finding things and bringing material back from Guadalajara too.
  • Capstone Publishers
    1905 Lookout Drive
    North Mankato, MN 56003
    Toll Free Phone:  800-747-4992
    Some good reluctant reader high interest low level readers.
  • Cinco Puntos Press
    701 Texas Avenue
    El Paso, TX 79901
    Toll Free Phone: 800-566-9072
    Great southwestern material.
  • Lectorum
    205 Chubb Avenue
    Lyndhurst, NJ 07071
    Toll free phone: (800) 345-5946  x2226
    E-mail: Laura Bejarano
    A good variety of high quality books.
  • Lee and Low Books ( Now also Childrens Press)
    95 Madison Avenue, Suite # 1205
    New York, NY 10016
    Phone: 212-779-4400
    Diversity books, good topics.
  • Lerner Publishing Group
    1251 Washington Ave N
    Minneapolis, MN 55401
    Toll Free Phone: 800-328-4929
    Excellent source of knowledge books.
  • Libros para Niños
    Nicaraguan publishers great quality excellent culturally appropriate material from national authors and illustrators including Ernesto Cardenal and Sergio Ramirez.
  • Lorito Books
    Denver based bookseller.
    Excellent middle school titles in Spanish.
  • me+mi publishing.
    2600 Beverly Drive, Unit 113
    Aurora, IL 60502
    Toll free: 888.251.1444
    Great bilingual board book series.
  • Raven Tree Publishing
    1400 Miller Parkway
    McHenry, IL 60050
    Orders: 800–323–8270 • 815–363–3582
    Some titles on kindle etc.
    Excellent hard cover quality children’s books.
  • Star Bright Books
    13 Landsdowne Street
    Cambridge, MA 02139
    Phone: 617 354 1300
    Books in a variety of languages, excellent source.
  • Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc.
    now an imprint of the American Library Association (for Library services  resource books)
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    Good for a variety of Spanish middle school and non fiction and science and how-to books in Spanish.

Supply Houses

These supply companies take only National orders.  

  • Brodart
    High Quality library supplies /supplier of book repair kits (offers free repair booklets in Spanish) often offers free US Shipping.
  • Demco (now also Gaylord)
    High quality library supplies inc. Book bags.                                
  • Oriental Trading Company:
    Best supplier of craft kits and materials also inexpensive school supplies/school bag/backpacks.
  • Book Expo America (BEA)-largest US Book fair.  Javits Convention Center NY- May 27-29 2020
    Remainders are excellent sources of spansih children’s books.
  • Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara– (Mexico)
    Largest Spanish book fair- good prices but shipping is high- suitcases are best.
  • ALA Annual Conferences – librarians and library directors.
    Excellent trade floor.