This Nihongo Flipbooks page brings together our various Japanese picture book readers in an easy to access format. Students are encouraged to choose books appropriate to their language level.
These books gradually introduce students to hiragana and katakana using simple familiar words.
Click on the images below to start reading the digital books, and then on the book title at the bottom right of the page to proceed to the next book. Select the purple button to explore teacher’s notes, including printable books and colouring activities.
Bilingual manga series
Bilingual manga series use a combination of familiar Japanese phrases and expressions, illustrations and English narration to tell the story. These books are suitable for students who have mastered Hiragana.
Click the cover page images below to start reading or Information and Activities for teacher’s notes and related activities.
Japanese short stories
Click the cover page images below to start reading.
Japanese long stories
This resource, suitable for secondary students, is a semi-biographical picture book based on the life of Jō Takasuka who influenced rice cultivation in Australia during the early 1900s. Explore the story of Jō Takasuka deeper with supplementary worksheets.
Click the image below to start reading, or Information and Activities for teacher’s notes and supplementary worksheets.
Other related resources
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Reading activities & strategies
Tadoku approach & activities
Resource created by the Japan Foundation, Sydney (November 2022).