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December 03, 2003

The World of Children's Books

Yesterday's Daily Yomiuri included two articles about English books for children in Japan. Emi Oshima, a director of the Kids' Books store in Hiroo, Tokyo, is one of the editors of Not Just For Kids, a guide to lesser-known English-language children's books from overseas. Though she expected the guide to sell mainly to mothers of young children, she has found that it is also being bought by teachers and young adults. Kids' Books has just launched an online workshop to help Japanese enjoy reading English-language children's books via its Web site. The article also looked at volunteers who give English-language storytelling sessions at public libraries and primary schools.
Daily Yomiuri article | Kids' Books

The second article was a feature on John Moore, president of RIC-Publications Asia. Moore set up the company a year ago because he felt that there was a large untapped world market for English translations of quality Japanese children's books. The first title he chose was "Hajimete no Otsukai" which has been popular in Japan for three decades. Under the title "Miki's First Errand" it became a strong seller on the Amazon Japan Web site, something Moore was very proud of.
Daily Yomiuri article | RIC-Publications Asia

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