Do you know about 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 am hella excited about this resource. The only catch being that you can only read each book once. 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 created the えほんのチャレンジ. Basically, we read all the books at each age level. So far, we’ve done 0歳 (see thread here), and this thread is for 1歳.
For the month of April I’m going to read all 1歳 books (there are 47!). 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 1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. The second post will be a wiki where people can post their progress.