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Tadoku (多読) - Extensive Reading Resources: Home

Reading Level Guide

Colored dots correspond to the reading level.

 color dots for reading level

Japanese Extensive Reading Collection

Children’s picture books with short sentences per page. No or a few kanji.

Click on the cover of the book to learn more about it and find it in the library.

  • Ringo desu
    りんごです
    sample page
  • yasainoonaka
    やさいのおなか
    sample page
  • Kingyoganigeta
    きんぎょが にげた
    sample page
  • asaetochiisaiimoto
    あさえと
    ちいさいいもうと
  • aiueo ehon
    あいうえお絵本
  • だれかがいます
  • たべもの
  • たべたのだあれ
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Picture books with short paragraphs, kanji with furigana.
300 Vocabulary Range, less than 400 Characters per Story.

Click on the cover of the book to learn more about it and find it in the library.

 

  • Ari to kirigirisu = The Ants and the Grasshopper
    アリとキリギリス
    audio
  • inakanonezumi
    田舎のネズミ
    とのネズミ
    sample page
    audio
  • Yakushima
    屋久島
    audio
  • Guess Who?
    私はだれでしょう?
    audio
  • How interesting! Toilets in Japan
    おもしろい!
    日本のトイレ
    audio
  • Brother and Sister — A year in the life of Akira and Yuka
    きょうだい
    明と由香の一年
    audio
  • ニホンザル
    audio
  • キツネとカラス
    ネズミの相談
    audio
  • ロボットD太
    audio
  • Sakura
    桜(さくら)
  • Daizu
    大豆(だいず)
  • ittekimasu
    木村家の毎日
    「いってきます」
  • itadakimasu
    木村家の毎日
    「いただきます」
    sample audio
  • gakkoude
    木村家の毎日
    「一郎、学校で」
  • Nishimachi kōban no Ryō-san
    西町交番の良さん
    「交番はどこ?」

 

Books with short paragraphs, kanji with or without furigana.
350 Vocabulary Range, 400-1500 Characters per Story.

Click on the cover of the book to learn more about it and find it in the library.

 

Kanji with or without furigana.
500 Vocabulary Range, 1500-2500 Characters per Book.

Click on the cover of the book to learn more about it and find it in the library.

 

Kanji with or without furigana.
800 Vocabulary Range, 2500-5000 Characters per Book.

Click on the cover of the book to learn more about it and find it in the library.

Kanji with or without furigana.
1300 Vocabulary Range, 5000-10000 Characters per Book.

 

Kanji with or without furigana.
2000 Vocabulary Range, 8000-20000 Characters per Book.

 

five finger rule

 

When you are choosing a book from the library, try to find a book that interests you and is at your reading level.

To find out if a book is at your reading level look at the level (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). If you still are not sure, use the Five Finger Method. To start, count the number of new words you see on the first few pages.

  • No new words or only one new word means that the book is too easy.
  • Two or three new words means that the book is perfect for you.
  • Four new words means that the book is a little hard, but you can try it if the book is interesting.
  • Five or more new words means that the book is too hard and you may not enjoy it.

(The Five-Finger Rule taken from the Extensive Reading Foundation).

Welcome to Tadoku!

Tadoku (多読) - ‘Ta’ (多) in tadoku means ‘a lot’, and ‘doku’(読) means ‘to read’. Extensive reading can help you gain reading comprehension, reading speed, vocabulary, and writing skills in Japanese.

This guide will help you locate books you may find interesting. Please let me know if you have questions or would like to read more in Japanese.

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