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Hiragana mini books

To the teacher

This collection of Hiragana mini books has been created to support the teaching and learning of hiragana. It is made up of five series each containing nine books, comprising 45 books in total.

Throughout the series, each book introduces a single hiragana character at a time, allowing students to build up their hiragana knowledge as they read through the collection. The Hiragana mini books make reading enjoyable, enabling students to become fluent and confident readers.

Each book comprises an eight-page short story dealing with familiar situations and responses that are lively and relatable. Supported by colourful illustrations, each story has an interesting twist at the end to keep students entertained.

The Hiragana mini books allow students to effortlessly learn hiragana script in context through frequent reading.

How to use the resource

Each series comprises four sections, listed below:

1.  Digital Flip Books
2.  Printable Colour Version (PDF) for creating books
3.  Printable Blackline Masters (PDF) for colouring
4.  Table of Contents


Click on the purple buttons below the cover page pictures to explore the resources.

Newly introduced characters appear in red on the cover page.

Please follow the instructions on how to print the printable version (PDF) here.

How to create mini books

Step 1 

Download the PDF file and save it as Adobe Acrobat Document onto your desktop.

Click here for printing instructions

Step 2

Fold the paper down the middle along the red line as shown below.

Step 3

Cut the paper as shown along the red dotted line.

How to make 2

Step 4

1. Fold along each line as shown below to prepare for final gluing.

2. Glue the backs of Pages 7 and 8 and Pages 3 and 4 together.

How to make 3

Step 5

Glue the backs of Pages 1 and 2 and Pages 3 and 4 to create the book.

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The Hiragana mini books collection were created by Himiko Negishi-Wood, with assistance from Christy Kun & Natsumi Yajima for layout and design. Illustration by Kahori ( (June 2021)

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