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14 thoughts on “Bilingual Japanese Books for Kids

  1. What about HOW MY PARENTS LEARNED TO EAT illustrated by Allen Say and written by Ina Friedman? One of my favorites!

    1. To Julia’s Child,
      Yoko is one of my very favorite books to for so many reasons! Bullying, being Japanese, eating and trying new foods, and an example of the most wonderful teacher ever! Thank you for your comment!

  2. You should try Take Me Out To the Yakyu by Aaron Meshon. It is about baseball in Japan and America. My 3 yr old LOVES it.

  3. Hi Mia,
    I just came upon your blog through the kid lit blog hop. Do you speak Japanese? I have some Japanese newsreels from WWII and am trying to use them in conjunction with a book I’ve written: PURE GRIT-HOW AMERICAN WWII NURSES SURVIVED BATTLE AND PRISON CAMP IN THE PACIFIC.
    I am trying to find a Japanese speaker to listen to them and give me the gist of what they are saying.

  4. Trying to find books for baby grandson that have both English and Japanese words. I have found a few written in Japanese characters but cannot read the characters.

    Any suggestions?

    Thank you, Ann

    1. Hi Ann,

      Tokyo Friends is good because it is written in English but has words in Japanese as well with alphabet pronunciation. Japanese Celebrations is also by same author with same format.

      My First Book of Japanese Words is a beautifully illustrated book that introduces young children to Japanese language and culture through everyday words.

  5. When my husband was first starting out as a Japanese language student, bilingual books, especially baby books, were so helpful! Bilingual children’s books don’t have to just be for children – they can really open up languages to language learners who quite a bit older, too… 🙂

    1. Hi Jane,
      I’m trying them out with my kids who are trying to learn Spanish! It’s going to be so much easier than a chapter book which my high school kids will be attempting in the spring!

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