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:
Our favorite Japan books for kids
- How My Parents Learned to Eat
- Grandfather’s Journey
- Wabi Sabi
- Yoko’s Paper Cranes
- Crow Boy
- My Awesome Japan Adventure: A Diary about the Best 4 Months Ever!
- Three Samurai Cats: A Story from Japan
- Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons
- Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
- Farewell to Manzanar
- Dragon of the Red Dawn (Magic Tree House (R) Merlin Mission)
- Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures 3: The Japanese Ninja Surprise
- The Big Wave
- Heart of a Samurai
- Born in the Year of Courage
- The Master Puppeteer
- Easy Origami (Dover Origami Papercraft)over 30 simple projects
The most popular post from last week was:
- How Are You Feeling? Books About Emotions from Castle View Academy
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