Japanese Children's Books?

Since I am still far from being able to learn enough Kanji to be able to read chapter books in Japanese, I was wondering if any of you could suggest books that are in Hiragana (if they're out there)? Or possibly books/articles that are written in Hiragana for people who are still learning.

January 22, 2019


If you are looking for easy to read material, written in Japanese, I recommend looking for graded readers. These are simple books or short stories that are written with simple grammar and a limited vocabulary of commonly used words. Much easier to pick up and start reading than a regular book, even one intended for native children. The difficulty of children's books can vary a lot. Finding something simple enough to read without it being too basic to keep your attention can be a real struggle.

This is a japanese graded reader that I have read and liked. It is written in simple Japanese. All kanji have furigana.

January 23, 2019

I would recommend finding manga for younger audiences. I've read that younger demographic shounen manga especially have hiragana aid for those who have not mastered kanji yet. However, I would also recommend learning at least 100 of the most common kanji before amassing a large collection of Japanese books, because most books for younger people don't use aids or hiragana alternatives for common kanji (unless if they are for toddlers). I myself tend to be most comfortable starting books in foreign languages once I'm conversational in the language, at least through writing, because I can understand at least half of what is said in children's literature without needing a dictionary at that point.

January 22, 2019

there is a book called Let's learn Hiragana. Just to let you know (it is a textbook), o, and nice avater, is that avater from boku no hero acadamia

January 22, 2019

I got two from amazon in mainly furigana, to be honest I am still having a hard time, but perhaps you have a better knowledge and will find it easier to read Stories You Can Read Smoothly:

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January 25, 2019


January 27, 2019

ドラえもん. Does that make me a total nerd? Well, every man, woman and child in Japan knows ドラえもん so not only will you learn Japanese, but you will get jokes and references to it if you read the books.

January 30, 2019
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