A suitable Chinese learning textbook or material can be very useful when you try to learn Mandarin Chinese, and it will help you understand better. In Fact, there are so many students of mine asked before about how to find a suitable Chinese learning textbook or material. I believe it is time to share some ideas with you, and sincerely hope the following ideas may help:
There are thousands of Chinese schools and institutions in U.S., among them, there are more than two hundreds Primary/Secondary schools and seven hundreds universities/colleges provide Mandarin Chinese classes. So, you may ask, what kind of textbooks they chose for their students, or if it is a good idea that I use the textbooks the schools or institutions have chosen. The answer is yes, you may! Simply go to their websites, and locate Chinese Program pages, you will find much more info there.
You may also find some Chinese learning material through U.S. branches and/or affiliates of certain Chinese Organizations, such as
NCACLS (National Council of Associations of Chinese Language Schools全美中文学校联合总会)
CSAUS (Chinese School Association in the United States 全美中文学校协会)
The best and the most convenient ways are to contact with Chinese Language Learning textbooks or materials’ publishers, where you may get a full list of the Chinese learning textbooks or materials that currently running on market. For example:
Princeton University Press(普林斯顿大学出版社)
Yale University Press(耶鲁大学出版社)
Beijing Language and Culture University Press(北京语言文化大学出版社)
Higher Education Press(高等教育出版社)
Columbia University Press(哥伦比亚大学出版社)
Better Chinese Ltd（大华风采有限公司）
My Chinese Class LLC
University of Washington Press(华盛顿大学出版社)
Of course, you can always keep those online Chinese book-stores in mind, such as Nan Hai Company, found in California, in 1989, and dedicates to promote cooperative education and culture programs between China and U.S. Also, China Books Company which is located in South San Francisco, and mainly focus on selling Chinese learning textbooks and materials from Mainland China.
Don’t forget both University and Community College’s libraries and bookstores, and online Chinese tutors are reliable sources as well. Last but not least, from time to time, you may try to chat with other Chinese Language learners, and believe me their experience will always surprise you and be a wonderful supplement!