Iwakura library; Supporting English
Wishing you could take your
child to a public library and borrow from a range of English
books? Daunted by the challenge of helping your child become
literate in English and don't know where to start? Want to try
out several different chapter book series to see which one
your child likes before buying? Or just want to get a Japanese
family member or friend reading in English? The Kyoto City
Iwakura Public Library in Sakyo-ku has a range of books to
help that can be borrowed from Iwakura directly, or through
To help parents just starting out
there are how-to books such as the bestselling 6th edition of
Jim Trelease's The Read-Aloud Handbook and Mem Fox's Reading
Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their
For the young, the library's range of
picture books includes old favorites such as the Spot series,
a range of Eric Carle titles, Curious George and, of course,
Dr. Seuss. Actually, many local libraries have a range of
English picture books, so have a look at your nearest library
or the Chuo library too.
If you are looking for early
readers, in addition to Dr. Suess, there are famous I Can Read
titles like Little Bear and Frog and Toad and all levels of
the Oxford Reading Tree series, which is the reading system
more than 80% of the elementary schools in the U.K. rely on.
There are also some of the Project X books, a similar series
written with boys in mind.
For the next step, there is
a range of chapter book series (usually the first three to
five titles in each series) such as Nate the Great, Rainbow
Magic, Judy Moody, Magic Tree House, Captain Underpants and
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (see below for more.) Borrowing the first
few titles is a great way to try out a series with your kids
to see if they like it before investing in more titles.
For older readers, there is a range of Roald Dahl
titles, along with Andrew Clements, Judy Blume, Beverly
Cleary, Newbery Medal winners and honor books like Lois
Lowry's The Giver and Charlotte's Web, and classics like The
Looking to help a Japanese spouse or close
relation develop their English reading ability? Try out the
selection of graded readers from Cambridge and Oxford to help
them build the confidence and reading fluency to tackle
literature written for native speakers.
needs, pop in and have a look! The more people who borrow
books, the stronger the message to Kyoto City to increase the
Here is a list of other
series represented in the library: My Weird School, Marvin
Redpost, The Zack Files, Geronimo Stilton, Encyclopedia Brown,
the Time Warp Trio, A to Z Mysteries, Lemony Snicket,
Moominland, Catwings, Jake Drake, Ivy + Bean, The Spiderwick
Chronicles and the Chronicles of Prydain.
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