East Asia - Japan

Anzu the Great Kaiju Cover Image
By Benson Shum, Benson Shum (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250776129
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - January 11th, 2022

An adorable picture book about a tiny monster with a big heart trying to follow in his family's footsteps.

All great Kaiju are born with a super power to strike fear in the heart of the city.
But Anzu is different.
Instead of mayhem, he likes May flowers.
Instead of striking fear, he prefers to be sincere.


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Temple Alley Summer Cover Image
By Sachiko Kashiwaba, Avery Fischer Udagawa (Translator), Miho Satake (Illustrator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781632063038
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Published: Yonder - July 6th, 2021

A July/August 2021 Kids' Indie Next Pick

A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection


The Big Bath House Cover Image
By Kyo Maclear, Gracey Zhang (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593181959
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Published: Random House Studio - November 16th, 2021

A joyful celebration of Japanese cultural traditions and body positivity as a young girl visits a bath house with her grandmother and aunties

You'll walk down the street / Your aunties sounding like clip-clopping horses / geta-geta-geta / in their wooden sandals / Until you arrive... / At the bath house / The big bath house.


Natsumi! Cover Image
By Susan Lendroth, Priscilla Burris (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399170904
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - March 13th, 2018

Natsumi is small but full of big exuberance, and puts her girl-power to good use when she discovers a Japanese tradition as energetic as she is.


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The Keeper of Night Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781335405661
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Published: Inkyard Press - October 12th, 2021

"Sharp and seductive...a fantasy with teeth." --Julie C. Dao, author of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

A girl of two worlds, accepted by none... A half Reaper, half Shinigami soul collector seeks her destiny in this haunting and compulsively readable dark fantasy duology set in 1890s Japan.

Death is her destiny.


Soul Lanterns Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593174340
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Published: Delacorte Press - March 16th, 2021

The haunting and poignant story of a how a young Japanese girl's understanding of the historic and tragic bombing of Hiroshima is transformed by a memorial lantern-floating ceremony.


Displacement Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250193537
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Published: First Second - August 18th, 2020

A teenager is pulled back in time to witness her grandmother's experiences in World War II-era Japanese internment camps in Displacement, a historical graphic novel from Kiku Hughes.


Ojiichan's Gift Cover Image
By Chieri Uegaki, Genevieve Simms (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781771389631
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Published: Kids Can Press - April 2nd, 2019

When Mayumi was born, her grandfather created a garden for her. It was unlike any other garden she knew. It had no flowers or vegetables. Instead, Ojiichan made it out of stones: “big ones, little ones and ones in-between.” Every summer, Mayumi visits her grandfather in Japan, and they tend the garden together. Raking the gravel is her favorite part.


Yayoi Kusama Covered Everything in Dots and Wasn't Sorry. Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781838660802
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Published: Phaidon Press - March 18th, 2020

A clever, quirky book about one of the world's most beloved contemporary artists - aimed at young readers and written from Kusama's point of view!

Yayoi Kusama covers her paintings in hundreds and hundreds of dots.


Chirri & Chirra, on the Town Cover Image
By Kaya Doi, David Boyd (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781592702787
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Published: Enchanted Lion Books - December 31st, 2019

Having explored blossoming fields, a magical mound of tall grass, crystal caves and underground passageways, here Chirri and Chirra explore life in town

★ Winner of Multicultural Award, 2021 Northern Lights Book Awards



Chirri & Chirra, in the Tall Grass Cover Image
By Kaya Doi (Created by), Yuki Kaneko (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781592702251
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Published: Enchanted Lion Books - June 20th, 2017

In their second adventure to reach the US market, Chirri & Chirra become very small, and so are able to explore the magical world hidden away in a mound of tall grass. Filled with friendly, industrious bees and equally inventive bugs, this is a book that brings the lovely particularity of life in Japan--marked by food and nature--to young readers here.


Bounce Back Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781250806291
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - November 16th, 2021

Lilico, with the help of her cat, must learn to adjust to a new country, a new school, and new pressures in Bounce Back, a middle grade graphic novel from author/illustrator Misako Rocks! about finding your team and finding yourself.

Lilico’s life in Japan is going well. She has great friends and is the captain of the school's basketball team. She’s happy!


Chirri & Chirra, Under the Sea Cover Image
By Kaya Doi, David Boyd (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781592703029
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Published: Enchanted Lion Books - May 12th, 2020

On their sixth adventure, Chirri and Chirra bicycle beneath the waves, discovering the beauty of coral and the deliciousness of marine edibles.


Magic Ramen: The Story of Momofuku Ando Cover Image
By Andrea Wang, Kana Urbanowicz (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781499807035
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Published: little bee books - March 5th, 2019

"An inspiring story of persistence and an ideal purchase for any collection." School Library Journal, STARRED review

"Eaters of all ages will enjoy learning about the history of this popular food gone global." Kirkus Reviews

"starry-eyed as it may sound, the goal of peace through food seems important - and possible


Write Your Own Haiku for Kids: Write Poetry in the Japanese Tradition - Easy Step-By-Step Instructions to Compose Simple Poems Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780804849296
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Published: Tuttle Publishing - April 3rd, 2018

*Winner Armed with the Arts Inc. Creative Book Award*

In this fun Japanese children's book, kids will learn to create haiku--elegant and simplistic Japanese poems.


Japanese Children's Favorite Stories Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9784805312605
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Published: Tuttle Publishing - February 4th, 2014

This colorfully illustrated multicultural children's book presents Japanese fairy tales and other folk stories--providing insight into a vibrant literary culture.


Snow White (Once Upon a World) Cover Image
By Chloe Perkins, Misa Saburi (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781481471855
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Published: Little Simon - September 13th, 2016

The classic story of Snow White gets a fresh twist in this vibrant Japanese spin on the beloved fairy tale!

Once upon a time, there was a princess called Snow White.


All About Japan: Stories, Songs, Crafts and Games for Kids Cover Image
By Willamarie Moore, Kazumi Wilds (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9784805314401
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Published: Tuttle Publishing - February 21st, 2017

**2012 Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice Award Winner!**

A cultural adventure for kids, All About Japan offers a journey to a new place—and ways to bring it to life! Dive into stories, play some games from Japan, and learn some Japanese songs.


My First Book of Haiku Poems: A Picture, a Poem and a Dream; Classic Poems by Japanese Haiku Masters Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9784805315156
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Published: Tuttle Publishing - March 12th, 2019

**Chosen for 2020 NCTE Notable Poetry Books and Verse Novels List**
**Winner of 2020 Northern Lights Book Award for Poetry**
**Winner of 2019 Skipping Stones Honor Awards**

Escape into a dreamy world of watercolors and nature-inspired haiku.


Grandfather's Journey Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780547076805
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Published: Clarion Books - October 27th, 2008

 In this Caldecott Medalwinning picture book, master storyteller Allen Say chronicles his family’s history between Japan and California.


The Boy Of The Three-Year Nap Cover Image
By Dianne Snyder, Allen Say (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780395669570
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Published: Clarion Books - October 14th, 1993

A 1989 Caldecott Honor Book

Lazy Taro gets his comeuppance when his wise mother uses his trick to avoid work to her own advantage.


Baseball Saved Us Cover Image
By Ken Mochizuki, Dom Lee (Illustrator)
$10.95
ISBN: 9781880000199
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Published: Lee & Low Books - October 16th, 2018

Best Multicultural Title - Cuffies Award, Publisher's Weekly
Choices, Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
Editor's Choice, San Francisco Chronicle
Not Just for Children Anymore Selection, Children's Book Council


They Called Us Enemy Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781603094504
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - July 16th, 2019

New York Times Bestseller!

A stunning graphic memoir recounting actor/author/activist George Takei's childhood imprisoned within American concentration camps during World War II. Experience the forces that shaped an American icon -- and America itself -- in this gripping tale of courage, country, loyalty, and love.


Farewell To Manzanar Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781328742117
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Published: Clarion Books - July 11th, 2017

During World War II a community called Manzanar was created in the high mountain desert country of California. Its purpose was to house thousands of Japanese Americans. Among them was the Wakatsuki family, who were ordered to leave their fishing business in Long Beach and take with them only the belongings they could carry.


It Began with a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way Cover Image
By Kyo Maclear, Julie Morstad (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062447623
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Published: HarperCollins - October 8th, 2019

* 4 Starred Reviews *

* An Indie Next List Pick *

“Playful, bold, and, much like its subject, full of grace.” —Jillian Tamaki, Caldecott Honor winner for This One Summer


Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780374308346
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - July 11th, 2017

*A fun activity included in every book!*

A Junior Library Guild Fall 2017 Selection
An Amazon's Best Children's Books of 2017

A Beverly Clearly Children's Choice Award Nominee
An Evanston Public Library's 101 Great Books for Kids List 2017
A Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best Books 2017
A 2017 Nerdy Book Club Award Winner


Jasmine Toguchi, Drummer Girl Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780374308360
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - April 3rd, 2018

*A fun activity included in every book!*

A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2018

A CYBILS Easy Reader and Early Chapter Book Award Winner


This Time Will Be Different Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062473448
Availability: Not in stock but may be ordered. Subject to Publisher Availability.
Published: HarperTeen - June 4th, 2019

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book * A 2020 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection

For fans of Jenny Han, Morgan Matson, and Sandhya Menon, critically acclaimed author Misa Sugiura delivers a richly crafted contemporary YA novel about family, community, and the importance of writing your own history.


Kazu Jones and the Denver Dognappers Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781368022668
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 17th, 2020

Packed with high stakes mystery and tons of heart, this first installment in a new series introduces Kazu Jones-a spunky, scrappy detective who's this generation's Harriet the Spy.


Weedflower Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781416975663
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - January 27th, 2009

Twelve-year-old Sumiko feels her life has been made up of two parts: before Pearl Harbor and after it. The good part and the bad part. Raised on a flower farm in California, Sumiko is used to being the only Japanese girl in her class. Even when the other kids tease her, she always has had her flowers and family to go home to.

That all changes after the horrific events of Pearl Harbor.


Enemy Child: The Story of Norman Mineta, a Boy Imprisoned in a Japanese American Internment Camp During World War II Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780823441518
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Published: Margaret Ferguson Books - April 30th, 2019

It's 1941 and ten-year-old Norman Mineta is a carefree fourth grader in San Jose, California, who loves baseball, hot dogs, and Cub Scouts. But when Japanese forces attack Pearl Harbor, Norm's world is turned upside down.

Corecipient of The Flora Stieglitz Straus Award
A Horn Book Best Book of the Year


A Place to Belong Cover Image
By Cynthia Kadohata, Julia Kuo (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781481446655
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - June 9th, 2020

Five starred reviews!

“Another gift from Kadohata to her readers.” —Booklist (starred review)

A Japanese American family, reeling from their ill treatment in the Japanese imprisonment camps, gives up their American citizenship to move back to Hiroshima, unaware of the devastation wreaked by the atomic bomb in this piercing and all too relev


I Love You So Mochi (Point Paperbacks) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781338608366
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Published: Point - May 5th, 2020

Perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Kasie West, I Love You So Mochi is a delightfully sweet and irrepressibly funny novel from accomplished author Sarah Kuhn.

"As sweet and satisfying as actual mochi... a tender love story wrapped up in food, fashion, and family.


Diary of a Tokyo Teen: A Japanese-American Girl Travels to the Land of Trendy Fashion, High-Tech Toilets and Maid Cafes Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9784805313961
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Published: Tuttle Publishing - September 6th, 2016

**2017 Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice Award Winner**
**2017 Moonbeam Children's Book Award Gold Medal Winner**

A book for comic lovers and Japanophiles of all ages, Diary of a Tokyo Teen presents a unique look at modern-day Japan through a young woman's eyes.