Books to give for any age


Giving books for Christmas is a great idea, although finding the right book for the people on your list can be tricky. Here are a few of my favorites from the Japanese American bookshelf.

Young Children

“Kika, My First Word Book”

by Fukiko Yamamoto;

Chronicle Books; 2006

“Mad at Mommy”

by Komako Sakai; Arthur A. Levine Books; 2010


“A Boy of Heart Mountain: Based on and Inspired by the Experiences of Shigeru Yabu” by Barbara Bazaldua; Yabitoon Books 2010

“Cool Melons –Turn to Frogs! The Life and Poems of Issa”

by Matthew Gollub;

Lee & Low Books; 2004

“Erika-san” by Allen Say; Houghton Mifflin Books for Children; 2009

“Julie Black Belt:
The Kung Fu Chronicles”

by Oliver Chin; Immedium; 2008

“Manga Techniques, Volume 1”

by Mai Yamaki; Japan Publications Trading Company; 2003


“Children of Asian America”

by Sandra Yamate; Polychrome Pub Corp; 1995

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