What to Read Wednesday: Japan Books for Kids

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The Best Kids’ Books About Japan

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This week, we are diving into books about Japan. When I was in middle school in California, the author of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes visited my English class. She was so interesting to listen to, and I fell in love with the book after having met her. It isn’t an easy topic, but the way the book is written handles it gently, so it is just right for middle readers. The Easy Origami book is a nice companion to this book so kids can learn to make paper cranes like Sadako.

The books about Manjiro mesmerized my kids when we read them aloud. Born in the Year of Courage is one of our all-time favorites. And, The Master Puppeteer is kind of dense to read, but it is really good as a read-aloud. It’s a wonderful story, and Katherine Paterson is another favorite author of ours.

Introduce kids of all ages to Japan through these wonderful picture books:

Happy reading!




For older kids or to read aloud:




Our favorite Japan books for kids

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Comments (8)

  1. Michele Morin

    Grandfather’s Journey was a favorite here when my boys were littles. Just seeing the cover makes me smile.

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    1. Anne Campbell (Post author)

      I am so sentimental about our favorite books! 🙂

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  2. Mother of 3

    My middle son studied Japan for a good year and I’m not sure we read all that many of these on the list. Pinned.

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    1. Anne Campbell (Post author)

      Oh, I’m glad I could give you some new ideas! Thanks for pinning!

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  3. Lisa/Syncopated Mama

    I hope you have a fabulous week — can you believe next week is June, already?

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    1. Anne Campbell (Post author)

      You, too, Lisa! No, I can’t believe the month is almost over–time just flies by!

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  4. Linda S

    I know a young family finishing up a mission commitment in Japan. They’ve shared so many wonderful things about the people there – looking forward to checking out some of these books.

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    1. Anne Campbell (Post author)

      How wonderful–what an interesting place to be stationed! Thanks for checking out my list. 🙂

      Reply

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