Semi-recently I became aware of the EhonNavi website and their HUGE, BEAUTIFUL, WONDERFUL library of Japanese children’s books that one can read IN FULL, FOR FREE. Apologies for the caps, but I was hella excited to find this resource. The only catch being that you can only read each book once. If you want to read the book again, you have to either create a new account, or… be sneaky .
Anyway, the website organizes the books by age group (0 - 12 and adult) based on, from what I can tell, self-reporting of who has read the book. For more info about using EhonNavi, check out this guide.
Starting with the 0歳 books, I’m going to read all the books in each grade level. I’m calling it my えほんのチャレンジ! I made a list of all the books that one can read in full that belong to the “zerosai” category (there are 74!), and so for the month of March I’m going to read them all. The idea isn’t to understand every word, but rather to just inundate my brain with all the language and see what I can pick up along the way.
Having company on this journey would be great! To help us, I’ve made this simple little app (linked below!) which lists and links to all the books for 0歳. Also, it lets you check off the books that you’ve finished, so you can keep track.
The app uses your browser’s local database (IndexedDB) to persist your progress across page refreshes and browser closing / opening. The only caveat there being that if you go to a different browser, you won’t see your progress. (I set it up this way for simplicity and to not have to deal with a user database, etc!)
I figured that this thread could be used to help us stay accountable along our journey! Also people could ask questions as they read, if they encounter anything that they can’t figure out. Or share their favorite books, things they find that are cute, any frustrations they’re experiencing (like: is what I’m reading an actual Japanese word, or just some random onomatopoeia??), etc. I’ll also probably make the second post a wiki, where people could post their progress if they want to.