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Bilingual Japanese Books for Kids

I am always delighted to help find books for kids. A young USAF family being reassigned from Japan sent me an email asking for book recommendations for Japanese themed and Japanese/English, bilingual books.  These are the books I’d recommend to keep the kids exposed to the Japanese language.

I just found out about Tuttle Publishing and they sent me the perfect book!

My First Book of Japanese Words: An ABC Rhyming Book by Michelle Haney Brown

This is a lovely picture book in ENGLISH but with Japanese words for each letter both in Hiragane and Kanji. There is also interesting tidbits of information about the Japanese culture that kids would enjoy. [picture book, ages 2 and up]

Japanese Themed Picture Books for Preschoolers

Here are more picture books with a reference to Japan.

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I also have a post on Top 10: Japanese American Books and Teach Me Tuesday: Japan

 

Japanese/English Bi-Lingual Folk Tale Picture Books

I happen to have these Japanese Folk Tale books that I found in a Japanese bookstore in Orange County when visiting my mom. They are lovely little books on famous Japanese folk tales and are bi-lingual.

These books are great and have Japanese vocabulary words throughout both books as well as cover the holidays and traditions of the Japanese people. I learned a lot from them!

Japanese Themed Easy Chapter Book

The Story of Yuriwaka: A Japanese Odyssey is a short chapter book which would be good for the older son.

 

 A Haiku Poetry Book
This picture book is a tranlation of Haiku poems by Issa, a Japanese poet born in 1763 on a farm in central Japan. He began writing haiku as a young child.
I found these books that also might be good:
Recommendations from Readers
How My Parents Learned to Eat by Ina R. Friedman, illustrated (gorgeously!) by Allen Say
Thank you to Rachel for this great recommendation! I have heard so much about this book but I don’t think I’ve read it yet! [picture book, ages 6-9]

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I love picture books; it’s a complete story in 24ish pages with a beginning, a middle, and an end.  It’s a visit to an art gallery or a museum with beautiful artwork in all kinds of media — drawings, paintings, collages, and more.  It can transport you to another time and place, a different culture, or a different person’s point of view.  Picture books are NOT just for young children; I insist they are for everyone, adult and child alike.  My 4th grader’s teacher is reading Patricia Polacco’s picture books to the class and the kids are thoroughly enjoying them.  Picture books also make bedtime stories a pleasure because one reader can satisfy a wide audience. Read more…

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Top 10: Japanese American Children’s Books (ages 2-16)

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The story of Japanese immigration is also true for my own family history.  Changes in Japan during the Meiji Restoration from 1868 to 1912 wrought great changes in Japan as the country tried to modernize.  The old feudal system of titled landowners was abruptly stripped away, and the daimyo domains of titled landowners were turned into prefectures.   For those families including my own, they were forced to buy back their own lands as some of their lost lands included sacred family burial grounds.  To earn the money, large numbers of Japanese men found work in Hawaii in the pineapple and sugar cane plantations and from there, migrated to the mainland. Read more…