Hello fellow crabigators!
The challenge has begun! It’s never too late to start, so read on for more information!
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.
For 2020, I plan on reading the entire free portion of the EhonNavi library. That’s over 1000 children’s books! I’m super pumped as it seems like a great way to get a lot of Japanese reading exposure. The idea here isn’t to understand every word, but rather to see what I can pick up as I read. I’m also a sucker for cute things, so I feel like this content will be extra motivating .
Year long?! Are you crazy?
Maybe. Previous challenges were only a month long (Age 0 & Age 1) which worked because there weren’t toooo many books in those categories. But! Once you start getting into Ages 2, 3, and 4 there are a lot of books. I think a year-long format for the challenge works better. We’ll just have to help keep ourselves motivated as we go!
Having company on this journey would be great! To help us, I’ve made this simple app (linked below!) which lists and links to all the EhonNavi books. 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 a useful Japanese word, or just some random sound??), etc. The second post will be a wiki where people can post their progress.
During the challenge, the following resources might be useful: