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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.
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
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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Best Books on Learning Disabilities
This is a really helpful post from The Children’s Book Writer on books covering learning disabilities. If you have any suggestions of other good books on this topic, please leave a comment. Thank you! Read more…
Great Books for Boys, Reluctant Readers or Otherwise
This post is getting too long (and crashing) so I splitting it into three parts:
Duct Tape Crafts for Kids of All Ages
Who would have thunk it? That duct tape, tin foil, and copy paper could keep a group of kids quiet for hours. Those who know me can attest that I am not good with the arts and crafts though I admire those who are. I am more of the kind of person who provides the materials and says, “Have at it.” That is about the extent of my arts and crafts skills, unfortunately. Read more…
New Chapter Books for 2nd Grade and 3rd Grade
This is a great reading list from the Newton Free Library system. If you are part of the Minutemen library system, just click on link of book title to reserve.
Other lists include: