I’m slowly moving my stuff from other two blogs to this new place of ours. We love to learn about life in different countries and this makes up a considerable part of our homeschooling adventure.
Today’s post will be a book list for JAPAN, the first country we learned about two years ago (and from then on we continue to learn about Japan, little by little) . Here are the books we found to be most interesting and informative:
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Life in Japan, Traditions and Culture:
(Published in 2009 by Kane/Miller Book Publishers), the book told from the point of view of a Japanese girl, Yuko talks about Japanese home, a day in school and typical holidays.
(Published in 2002 by Albert Whitman & Company) Is a book about a Japanese-American boy who arrives to live in Japan with his parents. It explores differences about a school day in Japan and USA
(Published in 2005 by Kids Can Press) Another delightful book about a little girl talking about festivals.
(Published in 2010 by Tuttle Publishing). This book remains my children’s absolute favorite. They keep reading it over and over again, even at times when we don’t specifically learn about Japan. This book includes typical things done in each month of the year, including festivals, food, games and other activities. The illustrations of kittens are absolutely adorable.
(Published in 2009 by Sleeping Bear Press) I like the “Alphabet book” series very much, although I admit it’s better to enjoy these books little by little as they provide a lot of information for each letter. Might be more interesting for older kids (2nd- 3rd grade and up)
(Published in 1988 by Carolrhoda Book) This book introduces number 1-10 in Japanese and presents cultural aspects associated with each number.
(Published in 2012 by Tuttle Publishing). Delightful collection of Japanese Nursery Rhymes. Complete with a CD this book include both romaji pronunciation of all the nursery rhymes and English translation.
(Published in 2012 by Dover Publications), this book is more suitable for early elementary students, this inexpensive edition provides a great start for those interested in Japanese fairy tales. Lovely illustrations.
This book, as well as others by this author, are very pretty “books to play with” featuring kokeshi dolls.
Those kids, that, like mine, are fascinated with works of Hayao Miyazaki will certainly love picture book renditions of Studio Ghibli most celebrated movies. These books are full of screen caps from the movies, the books faithfully follow the movies.
My Neighbor Totoro Picture Book
There are also comic versions of these picture books.
My kids are not old enough for manga yet, but I enjoyed Rurouni Kenshin, and I plan to introduce my son to this comic sometimes soon (although I did not read all the volumes). I also enjoyed two mangas based on Makoto Shinkai’s movies 5 cm per second and Hoshi no Koe.
This list includes our most beloved books, and as our list expands I will add more to it, I’m sure.
For grown ups interested in books from and about Japan there’s a great list on goodreads
Stay tuned for another post about our learning about Japan activities.
If any of my readers has a favorite book about Japan, please share in comments!