I often see people asking about how to get into reading. I’ve been wanting to get a physical book that I can use to learn and study, but most of the suggestions are manga (which I’m not at all interested in). So I went on the hunt.
That’s when I found the 「日本のふしぎ なぜ？どうして？」series! It’s a children’s book series that uses a light comic style to teach different topics. The book I’m reading is all about the history of Japan. I have found that because the book is teaching me history along with challenging me to read I am more likely to pick it back up and continue my studies. The book is written on the elementary school level, and it has furigana for all kanji. I think it’s worth noting that mostly the furigana text is so small that you can easily ignore it.
I wanted to share this series just in case there are other people like me out there searching for an easy entrance into reading that doesn’t require mangas. Let me know if you’ve read any of this series or know of other beginner books in this style.
Here are a couple of sample pages so that you can see the writing level.