Our homeschool study of countries and cultures has us reading lots of books from the library. This time it was books about Japan for kids. We loved reading these Japan books for kids to learn about Japanese culture from the nonfiction books and hear some great stories from the fiction books. Our trip to the library for books really rounds out our country studies. Each day we have a set time where the kids read (or the youngest looks at) books. Then, I pick some of the stories to read aloud–even my 9 year old still likes for me to read aloud with him. These times of curling up on the couch together with a stack of books are some of my favorite times with my kids. By reading about each of the countries we are studying, my oldest is able to do a mini report sharing interesting facts about each country. He gains most of his knowledge during our book basket time. My youngest (5 years old) loves to sit with us while we read and is learning right along with us.
Even if you don’t homeschool your kids, this list is great for extending the learning at home for your child when they are studying these countries in school or just for some after school fun. You never know…they might just learn something! It’s also a great list for teachers as they plan Japan unit studies.
Japan Books for Kids
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Count Your Way Through JapanJapanJapanIt’s Cool to Learn About Countries: JapanSpotlight on JapanLook What Came from JapanAll About Japan: Stories, Songs, Crafts and MoreAmazing Pictures and Facts About Japan: The Most Amazing Fact Book for Kids About JapanMeet Our New Student from JapanMy JapanThe Way We Do It in JapanThe Boy from the Dragon PalaceThree Samurai Cats: A Story from JapanIn the Eyes of the Cat: Japanese Poetry for All SeasonsSadakoSadako and the Thousand Paper CranesThe Tale of the Mandarin DucksCrow BoyGrandfather’s JourneyTree of CranesThe Wise Old WomanThe Paper DragonflyTea with MilkYoko’s Paper CranesManjiro: The Boy Who Risked His Life for Two CountriesShipwrecked!: The True Adventures of a Japanese BoyCircus Day in JapanSky SweeperWink: the Ninja Who Wanted to NapWink: The Ninja Who Wanted to Be NoticedWabi SabiKamishibai ManThe Wakame GatherersYoko’s Show-and-TellGirl from the Snow CountryErika-SanThe Long Silk StrandGrass Sandals: The Travels of BashoKites: Magic Wishes That Fly Up to the SkyThe Bicycle ManDrums of Noto HantoThe Warrior and the Wise ManI Live in TokyoSuki’s KimonoTsunami!The Beckoning Cat: Based on a Japanese FolktaleUnder the Cherry Blossom Tree: An Old Japanese TaleYuki and the One Thousand CarriersHokusai: The Man Who Painted a MountainHachiko: The True Story of a Loyal DogMy Awesome Japan Adventure: A Diary about the Best 4 Months Ever!A Treasury of Japanese FolktalesJapanese Children’s Favorite StoriesThe Tiny Traveler: JapanMy First Book of Japanese Words: An ABC Rhyming BookOnce Upon a Time in Japan
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