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Expand Their World with Japanese Lessons for Kids

Whether your child is an anime fan or is just interested in learning a language other than French or Spanish, Japanese is an intriguing pick. This three-character writing system relies on Hiragana, Katana and Kanji. While it can be tricky to get it down, learning a new language can have serious benefits for children that include improved academic performance and exposure to new cultures.

This Japanese for kids workbook is great for beginners as well as kids who need to brush up on their language skills. You’ll learn more than 800 words and expressions, plus hiragana.

This rhyming Japanese book teaches children the key sounds and characters to build the fundamentals for learning the language. Kids will also learn about Japanese culture.

With whimsical illustrations and plenty of animals, the “Am I Small” Japanese for kids book is perfect for parents to read with their children.

This is an excellent pick for budding readers who enjoy a wide variety of stories. It provides a great way for your child to learn about Japanese culture through some of the most frequently told fables and tales.

This bilingual Japanese for kids book is vibrantly colored and includes the hiragana translation for each word, helping to expose children to the character system early.

Expert Commentary

Learning about new languages and cultures can be hugely beneficial for children and is a great way to expose them to new things. Whether you are a parent or a teacher, these books are good choices for young learners to get exposure to the Japanese language.

Our Expert Consultant

Melissa Spurling

Melissa holds a doctorate in pharmacy and is a home educator, co-teaching a high school chemistry class and a primary school class. Having taught two of her own children to read, write and traverse Singapore Math, Melissa has spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours researching and testing curriculum.


About The Author

Dorian Smith-Garcia

Dorian Smith-Garcia is a bridal and beauty expert/influencer and the creative director behind The Anti Bridezilla. She is a diverse writer across beauty, fashion, travel, consumer goods, and tech. When Dorian’s not writing she’s collecting stamps in her passport, learning new languages, or spending time with her husband and daughter.


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