Japanese and Japanese American

Japanese and Japanese American

Picture Books

  • Barasch, Lynne. Hiromi’s Hands. New York: Lee & Low Books, 2007.
  • Blackburn, Joyce. Suki and the Invisible Peacock. Illustrated by Stephanie Clayton. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1965.
  • Blackburn, Joyce. Suki and the Old Umbrella. Illustrated by Stephanie Clayton. Franklin, TN: Providence House, 1996.
  • Blackburn, Joyce. Suki and the Magic Sand Dollar. Illustrated by Stephanie Clayton. Franklin, TN: Providence House, 1996.
  • Blackburn, Joyce. Suki and the Wonder Star. Illustrated by Stephanie Clayton. Franklin, TN: Providence House, 1996.
  • Brown, Janet Mitsui. Thanksgiving at Obaachan’s. Chicago, IL: Polychrome, 1994.
  • Ching, Tokie. Girl’s Day in Hawai’i with Yuki-Chan. Illustrated by Sets Arai. Honolulu, HI: Mutual Pub., 2007.
  • Coerr, Eleanor. Sadako. Illustrated by Ed Young. Logan, IA: Perfection Learning, 1997. (picture book version)
  • Falwell, Cathryn. Butterflies for Kiri. New York: Lee & Low Books, 2003.
  • Gershator, Phillis. Sky Sweeper. Illustrated by Holly Meade. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.
  • Gollub, Matthew. Ten Oni Drummers. Illustrated by Kazuko G. Stone. New York: Lee & Low Books, 2000.
  • Harrington, Claudia. My Mom and Dad. Illustrated by Zoe Persico. Minneapolis, MN: Looking Glass Library, 2016. (mixed race)
  • Hosozawa-Nagano, Elaine. Chopsticks from America. Illustrated by Masayuki Miyata. Chicago, IL: Polychrome, 1994.
  • Igus, Tomi. Two Mrs. Gibsons. Illustrated by Daryl Wells. San Francisco: Children’s Book Press, 1996. (mixed race)
  • Johnston, Toby. Fishing Sunday. New York: Tambourine Books, 1996.
  • Kajikawa, Kimiko. Tsunami! Illustrated by Ed Young. New York: Philomel Books, 2009.
  • Kobayashi, Issa. Today and Today. Illustrated by G. Brian Karas. New York: Scholastic Press, 2007. (haiku)
  • Kroll, Virginia. Pink Paper Swans. Illustrated by Nancy L. Clouse. Grand Rapids, MI. Eerdmans, 1994.
  • Lee-Tai, Amy. A Place Where Sunflowers Grow. Illustrated by Felicia Hoshino. San Francisco, CA: Children’s Book Press, 2006.
  • Maruki, Toshi. Hiroshima No Pika. New York: HarperCollins, 1982.
  • Meshon, Aaron. Take Me Out to the Yakyu. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2013.
  • Matsuno, Masako. A Pair of Red Clogs. Illustrated by Kazue Mizumura. Keller, TX: Purple House Press, 1960 [2002 reprint].
  • McCoy, Karen Kawamoto. Bon Odori Dancer. Illustrated by Carolina Yao. Chicago, IL: Polychrome, 1999.
  • Mochizuki, Ken. Baseball Saved Us. Illustrated by Dom Lee. New York: Lee & Low Books, 1995.
  • Mochizuki, Ken. Heroes. Illustrated by Dom Lee. New York: Lee & Low Books, 1995.
  • Namioka, Lensey. The Hungriest Boy in the World. Illustrated by Aki Sogabe. New York: Holiday House, 2001.
  • Noguchi, Rick and Deneen Jenks. Flowers from Mariko. Illustrated by Michelle Reiko Kumata. New York: Lee & Low Books, 2001.
  • Okagaki, K.A. Bait for Lunch. Illustrated by Ryan Shaw. Edmond, OK: 4RV Publishing, 2009.
  • Preus, Margi. The Peace Bell. Illustrated by Hideko Takahashi. New York: Henry Holt, 2008.
  • Reibstein, Mark. Wabi Sabi. Illustrated by Ed Young. New York: Little, Brown, & Co., 2008.
  • Sakai, Kimiko. Sachiko Means Happiness. Illustrated by Tomie Arai. San Diego: Children’s Book Press, 1990.
  • Say, Allen. The Bicycle Man. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1982.
  • Say, Allen. The Lost Lake. San Anselmo, CA: Sandpiper Books, 1992.
  • Say, Allen. Grandfather’s Journey. San Anselmo, CA: Sandpiper Books, 1994.
  • Say, Allen. The Stranger in the Mirror. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1995.
  • Say, Allen. Emma’s Rug. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1996.
  • Say, Allen. Tea with Milk. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1999.
  • Say, Allen. The Sign Painter. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000.
  • Say, Allen. Music for Alice. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2004.
  • Say, Allen. Kamishibai Man. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2005.
  • Say, Allen. Erika-San. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2008.
  • Say, Allen. The Favorite Daughter. New York: Arthur A. Levine Books, 2013.
  • Shigekawa, Marlene. Blue Jay in the Desert. Illustrated by Isao Kikuchi. Chicago, IL: Polychrome, 1993.
  • Takabayashi, Mari. I Live In Tokyo. Boston: Houghton Mifflin: 2001.
  • Terasaki, Stanley Todd. Ghosts for Breakfast. Illustrated by Shelly Shinjo. New York: Lee & Low Books, 2002.
  • Thompson, Holly. The Wakame Gatherers. Illustrated by Kazumi Wilds. Walnut Creek, CA: Shen’s Books, 2007.
  • Uchida, Yoshiko. The Bracelet. Illustrated by Joanna Yardley. Logan, IA: Perfection Learning, 1996.
  • Uegaki, Chieri. Suki’s Kimono. Illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch. New York: Kids Can Press, 2003.
  • Uegaki, Chieri. Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin. Illustrated by Qin Leng. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2014.
  • Wojciechowska, Maia. Dreams of Golf. Illustrated by A.K. Karsky. Pebble Beach, CA: Pebble Beach Press, 1993.
  • Yamamura, Anji. Hannah Duck. La Jolla, CA: Kane/Miller Books Publishers, 2008. (translation)
  • Yamasaki, Katie. Fish for Jimmy. New York: Holiday House, 2013.
  • Yamasaki, Katie. When the Cousins Came. New York: Holiday House, 2016.
  • Yashima, Taro. Crow Boy. New York: Viking, 1955.
  • Yashima, Taro. Umbrella. New York: Viking, 1958.

Children’s Chapter Books

  • Banks, Jacqueline. A Day for Vincent Chin and Me. Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 2001.
  • Bazaldua, Barbara. A Boy of Heart Mountain. Camarillo, CA. Yabitoon Books, 2010.
  • Bozarth, Jan. Sumi’s Book. New York: Yearling, 2001.
  • Burkinshaw, Kathleen. The Last Cherry Blossom. New York: Sky Pony Press, 2016.
  • Crilley, Mark. Akiko. New York: Delacorte Press.
    • Akiko on the Planet Smoo (2000)
    • Akiko in the Sprubly Islands (2000)
    • Akiko and the Great Wall of Trudd (2001)
    • Akiko in the Castle of Alia Rellapor (2001)
    • Akiko and the Intergalactic Zoo (2002)
    • Akiko and the Alpha Centauri 5000 (2003)
    • Akiko and the Journey to Toog (2003)
    • Akiko: The Training Master (2005)
    • Akiko: Pieces of Gax (2006)
    • Akiko and the Missing Misp (2008)
  • Coerr, Eleanor. Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. New York: Puffin Books, 1977.
  • Conkling, Winifred. Sylvia and Aki. New York: Yearling, 2011.
  • Dallas, Sandra. Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky. Ann Arbor, MI: Sleeping Bear Press, 2014.
  • Denenberg, Barry. The Journal of Ben Uchida. New York: Scholastic Inc., 1999.
  • Ferrari, Michael. Born to Fly. New York: Delacorte Press, 2009.
  • Fishbone, Greg. The Challengers. New York: Tu Books, 2011.
  • Fitzmaurice, Kathryn. A Diamond in the Desert. New York: Viking, 2012.
  • Gordon, Amy. Painting the Rainbow. New York: Holiday House, 2014.
  • Goto, Hiromi. The Water of Possibility. Illustrated by Aries Cheung. Regina, Canada: Coteau Books, 2002.
  • Goto, Scott. The Perfect Sword. Waterton, MA: Charlesbridge, 2008. (graphic novel)
  • Hilton, Marilyn. Full Cicada Moon. New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, 2015.
  • Kadohata, Cynthia. The Thing About Luck. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2013.
  • Larson, Kirby. Dash. New York: Scholastic Press, 2014.
  • Lasky, Kathryn. Kazunomiya: Prisoner of Heaven. New York: Scholastic, 2004.
  • Lieurance, Suzanne. The Lucky Baseball. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Publishers, 2010.
  • Lorenzi, Natalie Dias. Flying the Dragon. Watertown, MA: Charelesbridge, 2012.
  • Nagai, Mariko. Dust of Eden. Chicago, IL: Albert Whitman and Company, 2014.
  • Namioka, Lensey. Den of the White Fox. San Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace &co., 1997.
  • Okimoto, Jean Davis. Talent Night. New York: Scholastic, 1995.
  • Parry, Roseanne. The Turn of the Tide. New York: Random House, 2016.
  • Preus, Margi. Heart of a Samurai: Based on the true story of Manjiro Nakahama. New York: Amulet Books, 2010.
    • The Bamboo Sword (2015)
  • Pyle, Kevin. Take What You Can Carry. New York: Henry Holt, 2012. (graphic novel)
  • Robbins, Trina. Chicagoland Detective Agency. Minneapolis, MN: Graphic Universe, 2013. (graphic novels)
    • The Drained Brains Caper (2010)
    • The Maltese Mummy (2011)
    • Night of the Living Dogs (2012)
    • The Big Flush (2012)
    • The Bark in Space (2013)
    • A Midterm Night’s Scheme (2014)
  • Saiki, Patsy Sumie. Sachie: a daughter of Hawai’i. Honolulu, HI: Mutual Pub., 2004.
  • Sakaki, Ichiko. Scrapped Princess: A Tale of Destiny. Translated by Paul Kotta. Los Angeles, CA: Tokyopop, 2006.
  • Salisbury, Graham. Under the Blood-Red Sun. New York: Laurel Leaf Books, 1994.
    • Eyes of the Emperor (2005)
    • House of the Red Fish (2006)
    • Hunt for the Bamboo Rat (2014)
  • Sepahban, Lois. Paper Wishes. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2016.
  • Smith, Greg Leitich. Ninjas, Piranhas, and Galileo. Boston: Little, Brown, 2003. (adopted)
  • Tanquary, Kathryn. The Night Parade. Naperville, Illinois: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2016.
  • Tung, Angela. Song of the Stranger. Los Angeles: Roxbury Park Books, 1999.
  • Uchida, Yoshiko. Journey to Topaz. New York: Scribner, 1971.
  • Uchida, Yoshiko. Journey Home. New York: Atheneum, 1978.
  • Uchida, Yoshiko. A Jar of Dreams. New York: Atheneum Books, 1981.
  • Van Dolzer, Krista. The Sound of Life and Everything. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2015.
  • Yep, Laurence. Hiroshima. New York: Scholastic, 1995.

Young Adult Books

  • Asai, Carrie. The Book of the Pearl. New York: Simon Pulse, 2003.
  • Asai, Carrie. The Book of the Sword.New York: Simon Pulse 2003.
  • Asai, Carrie. The Book of the Wind. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2005.
  • Asai, Carrie. The Book of the Flame. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2005.
  • Bradford, Chris. Young Samurai: The Way of the Warrior. New York: Disney/Hyperion, 2009.
  • Easton, Kelly. Hiroshima Dreams. New York: Dutton Children’s Books, 2007.
  • Faulkner, Matt. Gaijin: American Prisoner of War. New York: Disney Hyperion Books, 2014. (graphic novel)
  • Fein, Eric. Mystery at Manzanar. Mankato, MN: Stone Arch Books, 2009 (graphic novel)
  • Fukui, Imasu. Truancy. New York: Tor Teen, 2008.
  • Goto, Hiromi. The Kappa Child. Calgary: Red Deer Press, 2001.
  • Goto, Hiromi. Half World. Illustrated by Jillian Tamaki. New York: Viking, 2010.
  • Goto, Hiromi. Darkest Light. Illustrated by Jillian Tamaki. Toronto: Razorbill, 2012
  • Gratz, Alan. Samurai Shortstop. New York: Dial Books, 2006.
  • Hirahara, Naomi. 1001 Cranes. New York: Delacorte Press, 2008.
  • Inzana, Ryan. Ichiro. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2012. (graphic novel)
  • Kadohata, Cynthia. Kira-Kira. New York: Athenuem Books, 2006.
  • Kadohata, Cynthia. Weedflower. New York: Atheneum Books, 2006.
  • Kadohata, Cynthia. Outside Beauty. New York: Athenuem Books, 2009.
  • Lane, Dakota. Gothic Lolita. New York: Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, 2008.
  • Maetani, Valynne. Ink and Ashes. New York: Tu Books, 2015.
  • Marriott, Zoe. Shadows on the Moon. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2012.
  • Marriott, Zoe. The Name of the Blade. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press
    • The Night Itself (2013)
    • Darkness Hidden (2014)
    • Frail Human Heart (2015)
  • Meechan, Kierin. Hannah’s Winter. La Jolla, CA: Kane Miller, 2009.
  • Mochizuki, Ken. Beacon Hill Boys. New York: Scholastic. 2002.
  • Mori, Kyoko. One Bird. New York: Ballantine, 1995.
  • Nakazawa, Keiji. Barefoot Gen. Translated by Project Gen. San Francisco: Last Gasp Books. (graphic novels)
    • Barefoot Gen Volume 1: A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima (2004)
    • Barefoot Gen Volume 2: The Day After (2004)
    • Barefoot Gen Volume 3: Life After the Bomb (2005)
    • Barefoot Gen Volume 4: Out of the Ashes (2005)
    • Barefoot Gen Volume 5: The Never-Ending War (2008)
    • Barefoot Gen Volume 6: Writing the Truth (2008)
    • Barefoot Gen Volume 7: Bones into Dust (2009)
    • Barefoot Gen Volume 8: Merchants of Death 2009)
    • Barefoot Gen Volume 9: Breaking Down Borders (2010)
    • Barefoot Gen Volume 10: Never Give Up (2010)
  • Namioka, Lensey. Mismatch. New York: Delacorte Press, 2006.
  • Ogiwara, Noriko. Dragon Sword and Wind Child. Translated by Cathy Hirano. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1993.
  • Salisbury, Graham. Eyes of the Emperor. New York: Laurel Leaf Books, 2007.
  • Say, Allen. The Inn-Keeper’s Apprentice. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1994.
  • Sun, Amanda. Ink. Don Mills, Ontario: Harlequin Teen, 2013.
  • Sun, Amanda. Rain. Don Mills, Ontario: Harlequin Teen, 2014 (sequel to Ink)
  • Tamaki, Mariko. Skim. Drawings by Jillian Tamaki. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2008. (graphic novel)
  • Tamaki, Mariko. Saving Montgomery Sole. New York: Roaring Brook Press, 2016. (main character’s race is unspecified, though hinted to be not entirely white; friend is Japanese)
  • Thompson, Holly. Orchards. New York: Delacorte Press, 2011.
  • Tribble, Chris. Snow Falling on Cedars. Edinburgh Gate, Harlow: Pearson Education Ltd., 2008.
  • Uehashi, Nahoko. Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit. Illustrated by Yuko Shimizu. Translated by Cathy Hirano. New York: Scholastic, 2008.
  • Uehashi, Nahoko. Moribito II: Guardian of the Darkness. Illustrated by Yuko Shimizu. Translated by Cathy Hirano. New York: Scholastic, 2009.
  • Yamanaka, Lois-Ann. Name Me Nobody. New York: Hyperion Books, 1999.

Folktales

  • Hodges, Margaret. The Boy Who Drew Cats. Illustrated by Aki Sogabe. New York: Holiday House, 2002.
  • Ichinori. Issun Boshi: The One-Inch Boy. Berlin: Little Gestalten, 2014. (picture book)
  • Kajikawa, Kimiko. Yoshi’s Feast. Illustrated by Yumi Heo. New York: DK Ink, 2000. (picture book)
  • MacDonald, Margaret Read. The Boy from the Dragon Palace: A Folktale from Japan. Illustrated by Sachiko Yoshikawa. Chicago, IL.: Albert Whitman and Company, 2011. (picture book)
  • Myers, Tim. Basho and the Fox. Illustrated by Oki S. Han. New York: Marshall Cavendish, 2000. (picture book)
  • Myers, Tim. Tanuki’s Gift: A Japanese Tale. Illustrated by Robert G. Roth. New York: Marshall Cavendish, 2003. (picture book)
  • Myers, Tim. Basho and the River of Stones. Illustrated by Oki S. Han. New York: Marshall Cavendish, 2004. (picture book)
  • Nishizuka, Koko. The Beckoning Cat. Illustrated by Rosanne Litzinger. New York: Holiday House, 2009. (picture book)
  • Snyder, Diane. The Boy of the Three-Year Nap. Illustrated by Allen Say. San Anselmo, CA: Sandpiper Books, 1993. (picture book)
  • San Souci, Robert D. The Samurai’s Daughter: A Japanese Legend. Illustrated by Stephen T. Johnson. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 1992. (picture book)
  • San Souci, Robert D. The Silver Charm: A Folktale from Japan. Illustrated by Yoriko Ito. New York: Doubleday, 2002. (picture book)
  • Say, Allan. The Boy in the Garden. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2010. (picture book)
  • Sierra, Judy. Tasty Baby Belly Buttons. Illustrated by Meilo So. New York, Knopf, 1999.
  • Storrie, Paul D. Amaterasu: Return of the Sun. Minneapolis, MN: Graphic Universe, 2007. (graphic novel)
  • Uchida, Yoshiko. The Dancing Kettle and Other Japanese Folk Tales. Illustrated by Richard C. Jones. Berkeley, CA: Creative Arts Book Company, 1986. (children’s chapter book)

Nonfiction

  • Collins, David R. Dr. Shinichi Suzuki: Teaching Music from the Heart. Greensboro, NC: Morgan Reynolds, 2002. (children’s chapter book)
  • Gollub, Matthew. Cool Melons—Turn to Frogs! Life and Poems of Issa. Illustrated by Kazuko G. Stone. New York: Lee & Low Books, 1998. (picture book)
  • Gomi, Taro. Everyone Poops. Translated by Amanda Mayer Stinchecum. La Jolla, CA: Kane/Miller Books Publishers, 1993. (picture book)
  • Hale, Christy. The East-West House: Noguchi’s Childhood in Japan. New York: Lee & Low Books, 2009. (picture book)
  • Higashida, Naoki. The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism. Translated by K.A. Yoshida and David Mitchell. New York: Random House, 2013. (chapter book memoir)
  • Houston, Jeanne Wakatsuki and James D. Houston. Farewell to Manzanar. New York: Bantam Books, 1986. (young adult)
  • Layson, Annelex Hofstra, with Herman J. Viola. Lost Childhood: My Life in a Japanese Prison Camp During World War II. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Books, 2009.
  • Mochizuki, Ken. Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story. Illustrated by Dom Lee. New York: Lee & Low Books, 1997. (picture book)
  • Nanao, Jan. Contemplating Your Bellybutton. Illustrated by Tomoko Hasegawa. Translated by Amanda Mayer Stinchecum. La Jolla, CA: Kane/Miller Book Publishers, 1995. (picture book)
  • Ohno, Apolo Anton. A Journey: The Autobiography of Apolo Anton Ohno. New York: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2002.
  • Oppenheim, Joanne. Dear Miss Breed: True Stories of the Japanese American Incarceration During World War II and a Librarian Who Made a Difference. New York: Scholastic, 2006. (young adult)
  • Sakurai, Gail. Japanese Internment Camps. New York: Children’s Press, 2002. (picture book)
  • Turnbull, Stephen. Real Ninja: Over 20 Stories of Japan’s Secret Assassins. Brooklyn, NY: Enchanted Lion Books, 2008. (picture book)
  • Watanabe, Etsuko. My Japan. La Jolla, CA: Kane Miller, 2009. (picture book)
  • Weston, Mark. Honda: The Boy Who Dreamed of Cars. Illustrated by Katie Yamasaki. New York: Lee & Low Books, 2008. (picture book)

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